Pantry pests consist of beetles, moths, and weevils. Pantry pests breed and feed inside stored products and dry goods. These pests are most problematic wherever food is being stored or prepared. Two common species of pantry pests in and around Providence, Rhode Island are the Indian meal moth and the granary weevil.
Pantry pests are not dangerous pests, and they do not pose any significant health risks to people. Nevertheless, they do contaminate food sources and therefore, should be eliminated from your home as soon as their presence is noticed. Pantry pests have four stages of development - egg, larva, pupa, and adult. In most cases, the larval stage is usually the stage of development that is most destructive. The female lays her eggs on a stored food product, and when the larvae hatch they feed on and contaminate the food with their saliva and excrement.
Adult Indian meal moths are attracted to outdoor lighting and have the potential to find their way into a home or other building on their own. They get inside through spaces around windows and doors, open screens, and other small openings they discover. Both Indian meal moths and granary weevils most often find their way into homes through stored products purchased from a store, that is already infested with their eggs or larvae. Indian meal moth larvae feed on and infest a variety of dry goods, including dried fruits, grains, seeds, nuts, chocolate, candies, bird seed, dry pet food, and spices. Granary weevils infest whole grains and seeds.
Pantry pests can become problematic in a wide variety of places, wherever stored foods are present. Common places pantry pests invade include homes, grocery stores, food processing facilities, food storage facilities, pharmacies, restaurants, and homes.
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Doing the following in your Rhode Island home or business can help to prevent problems with pantry pests:
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