New Jersey Stored Product Pest Control
Finding stored products pests in your food can have you quickly go from wanting to satisfy your food craving to ruining your appetite. They are found in stored food products and can contaminate the rest of the food inside your home or place of business, such as a restaurant. They attack a variety of foods including wheat, rice, nuts, and more. An infestation will make the food inedible and create unsanitary conditions for you, your family, or your customers. To protect your individual property or business, get familiar with stored product pest behavior, take steps for prevention, and learn about effective treatment options.
What are Stored Product Pests?
Stored product pests are also known as pantry pests. Our New Jersey pest management professionals state they are tiny pests that will infest your food inside of its packaging. Our pest control experts explain that there are a variety of stored product pests such as moths, beetles, and mealworms. The packaged food can get infested at time of shipment or even while inside your pantry.
How to Identify Stored Product Pests
Identifying the type of stored product pests, you have is the key to finding a solution. However, it is often difficult to tell the difference and know which pests have infested your food and which have come in from the outside, temporarily. For example, merchant grain beetles typically infest processed grains, oats, and seeds. They are deep brown in color, but so are the confused flour beetles. The best way to identify stored product pests is to get professional help.
No matter what types of stored product pests are bothering you at your home or place of business, our team of pest control experts can find a solution to help. Call Viking Pest Control experts today.
What Problems Can Stored Product Pests Cause Home and Business Owners?
Simply put, they ruin your food. New Jersey exterminators at Viking explain stored product pest population explodes quickly inside your food and infests it with eggs, larvae, pupae, and fecal matter. This makes your food unsafe to consume, which means it gets wasted, along with the money you paid for it. If you are the food business, it means, disappointed customers and a tarnished reputation.
When are Stored Products Pests Active in New Jersey?
Stored product pests or pantry pests are often brought in through packaged food. An infestation can start with just a few insects, but their numbers grow quickly. They breed continuously since they live near or inside their food source (your food!). This way, they are active throughout the year and can produce several generations in a single year.
How to Get Rid of Stored Product Pests in New Jersey
While they are fast-moving insects, pantry pests blend in with their environment, so they are hard to spot. Depending on the type of pantry pest you have, the solution will be slightly different. The best thing you can do on your own is to get rid of any food items that seem infested by sealing them in a plastic bag first. Remove all the items from your pantry and thoroughly vacuum and clean the shelves. Collect everything from the vacuum bag into a sealed plastic bag before throwing it away.
To stay proactive about keeping pantry pests away, Viking pest management professionals recommend regularly inspecting your home or business pantry for signs of infestations. If you think you may have a problem, contact pest control experts at Viking.