Have you ever gone to open a box of food in your pantry, only to be horrified to see tiny bugs crawling around inside of it? Pantry pests target primarily grain-based foods, such as pasta, flour, and cereal, but can also feast on items like your processed foods, snacks, spices, and dried fruits. Discovering bugs in even a single box of food can be an indication of an unidentified infestation, which means a call to an Atlanta pest control company is in order. Fortunately, proper food storage can go a long way in preventing unwanted pantry pests. Follow these tips to keep your food items safe from unwanted nibblers.
Expect the Unexpected
Many different types of dry food are susceptible to pests and may have been contaminated with insect eggs before they ever reached the store shelf. If the contaminated package sits in the back of your pantry, forgotten and unused, it’s just a matter of time before the eggs hatch, bugs or worms escape, infesting that food package and anything near it.
Prevention Through Containment
Bugs and worms make quick work of plastic and cardboard food containers. The best way to prevent an infestation is by keeping dry foods in rigid containers, like glass or metal. That way, if a container has eggs in it, they won’t spread to other foods when they hatch.
Make the Temperatures Unbearable
Putting dry foods in the freezer for 4 or 5 days will kill eggs or worms that might be present since most pests are tropical by origin and can’t survive in cold temperatures. Using a low temperature in an oven can also be an effective way of killing pests. This requires putting dry goods in appropriate baking containers to avoid creating a fire hazard.
Keep It Clean
A clean pantry prevents and discourages pests. Get rid of old, unused dry goods, and clean up any spills. A mixture of 1 tablespoon bleach to one gallon of water can be used to sanitize surfaces. Pay attention to any silk web in corners of the food storage areas or in the lining of cereal boxes — that might signify the presence of moths. Clean them off with a cloth.
Don’t Hesitate to Call the Pros
While there are things you can do to prevent and contain food storage pests, there comes a time when the infestation might be more than you can handle. Don’t worry, because STINGER Pest Control Solutions specializes in keeping your family free of pests, with treatments that are safe for food areas and for everyone in your household. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. We don’t use anything around or in your house that we don’t consider safe for our own families.