Getting Rid of Pantry Pests Such as Warehouse, Drugstore & Saw Toothed Grain Beetles & Indian Meal Moths in Napa, CA

The last thing you will want is to find pantry pests invading the dinners, desserts and other meals and treats you prepare for your family. Pantry pests are often brought right into our home as we go shopping. Food like sugar, flour, nuts, rice and cereals often contain many of these pantry pests. It is Hydrex Pest Control of the North Bay’s goal to help homeowners learn to identify an infestation and how to treat this problem when it occurs.

How Do Pantry Pests Get in Your House?

The University of California Davis statewide Integrated Pest Management Program tells us pantry pests are brought into our homes alongside our groceries. To prevent these pests, they suggest a careful examination of our foods before we purchase them. However, items like rice, flour, and sugar may contain eggs left behind. In the warmth of our home, these eggs hatch, creating a pantry invasion. There is an all too simple way to kill these unseen eggs and it is as simple as putting these items in your freezer for 24 hours. The eggs that are being exposed to the freezing temperatures are killed and therefore unable to ever hatch. Unfortunately, many of us just don’t have the time or foresight to do this and it’s easy to have a full fledged pantry pest infestation. Let’s discuss what kind of pest you might find in the pantry so you know how to deal with them.

Indian Meal Moths

pantry pest wikiThe Meal Moth or Indian Meal Moth is one of the most common pantry pests found lurking in our pantries. These moths will lay their eggs while many foods like cereals, cornmeal, dried fruit, and pastas are being processed. When you bring them home, these eggs hatch and the larvae which look like little white caterpillars will feed until it matures. As adults, meal moths have a reddish brown body with white to grayish color wings. Because these insects can fly you might find them in other parts of your home.

Pantry Beetles

There are many species of pantry beetles, but all seem to like dried foods. Warehouse beetles, Sawtoothed grain beetles and the Drugstore beetle are some of the most common species of pantry beetles found in most homes. Pantry beetles like to lay their eggs in the packages of pasta, cocoa, nuts, dried beans and fruits. In the right climates, pantry beetles will hatch and begin their lives inside your cupboards and pantries. Depending on the species of the beetle, some may live very short lives where others can live up to three years.

What Happens if You Eat Pantry Pest Eggs, Larvae, Moths or Beetles?

It not just disgusting to find pests invading our foods, but it can even be dangerous. Imagine the amount of secretions, webbing, and excrement that occurs during the lifetime of either moths or beetles. This can cause some serious health problems, not to mention the awful taste and smell left behind. Some known health risks can be the setae or hair left by beetles. They can irritate our mouth or throat and even the stomach if ingested. In turn, this can cause illness or allergic reactions.

Remedy for Bugs & Pests in Pantry

If you have identified a pest lurking inside your pantry, you should discard the contaminated food. It also helps to inspect all your foods before purchasing and when you bring it inside your home, seal it. This will help prevent further contamination of your other food in the event you accidentally bring home a pest. Hydrex Pest Control of the North Bay wants everyone to enjoy their food without wondering what may have slipped into it. If you found a pantry pest problem, contact us today.


Hydrex Pest Control of the North Bay Inc.
4685 Scotts Valley Rd.
Lakeport, CA 95453
(800) 760-3028

Hydrex Pest Control of the North Bay Inc.
1120 Industrial Ave
#18 Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 795-6345


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