Discovering “bugs” in your breakfast cereal may be disgusting, but it isn’t unusual, because many insects like to eat what we do. Stored foods commonly infested include flour, cereals, cracked grains, baking mixes and processed food, crackers, macaroni, and numerous other food types. Insects that feed on these products may also infest other grain-based items such as pet foods, bird seed, and ornamental corn.
Insect pests often encountered are:
Indian Meal Moths
Sawtoothed Grain Beetles
Cigarette and Drugstore Beetles
Granary, Rice and Maize Weevils
Seeing the presence of small insects, moths or worms in cupboards or on counters is an early indication of an infestation. Upon closer inspection, insects may also be found in opened packages or containers of food and in the cracks and crevices of cupboards. Insects can be brought into the home along with infested food products. Once an infestation is suspected, call Redline Pest Control to identify the pest and try to locate the source. Occasionally, the source of an infestation can be very hard to find. It may be in an unopened package from the store. Consider the possibility that food may have been spilled next to or behind hard-to-move appliances. Pantry pests eat and can contaminate the food or product it infests.