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Stored foods that are most commonly infested include flour, grains, cereals, crackers, macaroni, powdered milk, dried fruits and cured meats. Pantry Pest may also infest other grain-based items such as pet foods and birdseed.
The most common in this area are: Indian meal moths, grain beetles and flour beetles.
The Insects have a four stage life cycle, egg, larva, pupa and adult. They can be present in any or all stages when food is purchased. Because we keep our houses warm, these insects may continually reproduce and many stored product infestations can be found nearly any time of the year.
The first indication of an infestation is often presence of small brown beetles, moths or worms in cupboards or on counters. Upon closer inspection, insects may also be found in opened packages or containers of food and in the cracks and crevices of cupboards. Unopened packages may also become infested because some of these insects can readily chew into cardboard and foil packaging. Insects can be brought into the home along with infested food products.
They can multiply and spread to other stored foods. Once an infestation is suspected, 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 food may have been spilled next to or behind hard-to-move appliances.

Pantry Pest Prevention: Purchase food in package sizes that can be used up in a short time. Do not store food products more than two to four months, if possible. Use older packages before newer ones and opened packages before unopened ones.
When purchasing packaged foods, be certain containers are not damaged and seals are intact.
Store dried foods in insect-proof containers such as screw-top glass, heavy plastic or metal containers. This will prevent entry or escape of insects. Cardboard, paper or plastic wrapping will not prevent insect infestations.
Keep food storage areas clean and do not allow crumbs or food particles to accumulate, as exposed food will attract insects. Cleanliness is especially important in areas where pet foods and birdseed are stored.
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