As we’re finding ourselves spending more time at home and stocking up on supplies such as food, toiletries, and more, we could be providing stored product pests or “pantry pests” with a supply of their own. Here are a few tips to keep kitchens free of these unwelcome guests:
- Before adding any new grocery items to the pantry, be sure to check existing open items for signs of pantry pests, to avoid spreading infestation.
- Throw out any dry goods that have been left open and have gone bad. If they’re still in good condition, try and use the oldest items first before opening up the new ones.
- Pantry pests, like Indian Meal Moths are attracted to items such as flour, oats, spices, and dry cereal. If you recently bought these items, be sure to inspect packages and confirm that they are all sealed properly. Once open, store them in a plastic or glass container with secure lids, cutting off any access for pantry pests.
- Rodents can cause major health issues; they spread bacteria and viruses and, if their droppings build up within your cabinets, it can cause the air you breathe to become contaminated. To avoid a rodent infestation, keep your cabinets, pantries, and counters clean and free of crumbs and dispose of all expired foods.
If you take these precautions, you can easily avoid pests from raiding your pantry for all your stored groceries!