PANTRY PESTS

DRIED FOOD MOTHS

  

Dried food moths come from Europe.  They were first  discovered as a grain pest in France. They were found infesting grain in the United States in 1728, and now they are found world wide.  The larvae of this species will infest virtually all types of grains. Females lay between 40 and 300 eggs.  Adult moths are very small with tan to grey wings The wings are long and narrow. The larvae will be found in grain products, flower, dog food etc.  An inspection for the source of the larvae should focus on dried foods in the kitchen. In a home setting this should include non-food items such as decorative arrangements of flowers, wheat stalks, or other seeds, as well as seeds used for bird foods. Proper sanitation and disposal of infected items is necessary and Bugs B Dead can use a natural alternative product to control them.

DRIED FOOD BEETLES

These little Beetles are Native to Africa, and found in jars of grains placed in the tombs of Pharaohs around 2500 B.C. Now they are found throughout the world. The flour beetle is a scavenger that feeds on virtually any vegetable-based food products. They may occur in conjunction with weevils. Flour and meal products are especially prone to infestation by the flour beetles and it is common to find them in pet food. Some Flour Beetles can fly and have well developed wings. Most beetles have a reddish color, and are flattened top to bottom. Adults are about 2 mm long, and the larvae are the typical elongate, shiny, worm like appearance. Control of most stored food pest beetles relies on a combination of proper storage of products in cool, dry conditions and if possible in pest-proof containers, sanitation measures to remove or prevent spilled materials and dust accumulations, When insect activity begins, it is important to pinpoint the location of the infestation within a structure. Bugs B Dead has a proven method for pantry pest control