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Where there is food, there is always going to be the potential for pest invasion. Pests like to eat just like humans. In fact, they need sustenance for survival just like we do. Regardless, that isn’t much of a justification for most people. And it shouldn’t be because when specific pests get in your food, it not only creates an unwanted nuisance, but it raises the potential for real threats. Threats like germs, bacteria, and diseases. All things no one wants to deal with. Unfortunately, if you don’t deal with your pantry pest problem right off these could be real, potential problems you find yourself facing. Therefore, it is best to approach all pantry pest problems as early and quick as possible.
We’re here to provide you with the tools and information you need to get ahead of such problems.
What Are Pantry Pests?
As you’ve likely already imagined, pantry pests are pests that get into your pantry. Some of these species can consist of moths, weevils, and small beetles. Yes, these bugs can be extremely annoying, but they aren’t so much of a threat in terms of physical or structural damage. They don’t bite, they don’t sting, and they won’t cause any structural damage inside the home.
What If Your Kitchen Is Clean?
Most people assume that if they keep a clean, maintained home they’ll stave off unwanted pest invaders. Sure, you’ll greatly lower your risks, and you should always maintain a neat and orderly home, but this isn’t, unfortunately, enough. Pests have been found in some of the cleanest and most respected locations in the world. Take the bed bug, a prime example. Pests these days will make themselves right at home in even some of the most spotless kitchens. One of the reasons for this is because they can travel via your grocery bags, during delivery, or even on the way back from the processing plants or warehouses. Simply put, you can inadvertently bring these invaders home with you.
Are There Specific Foods That Attract Them?
If a pest gets hungry enough, it is going to eat whatever it can, much like that of a human. However, there are specific foods these pests prefer over others. Most pantry pests are attracted to foods like grains, cereals, and other processed items. Dried fruits, beans, nuts, and spices are also amongst some of their preferred edibles. All in all, these nuisances aren’t that picky. Anything that is dried can be a prime target for infestation. This is because they allow much easier entry as opposed to other food items found in the pantry.
Spotting A Few Pests In The Pantry
When most people spot just a few pests in the home, on the counter, or around food products, it is only natural to just remove them and wave off the situation. This is especially true if it is winter outside. Winter weather makes it harder for pests to provide for themselves outdoors, so they venture indoors seeking refuge and easier access to much-needed food items. That being said, any pest in the home should never be waved off. If you spot any bug on your counter or near your pantry or even by a window, it could be the early warning sign of a developing infestation. If you find yourself in a situation like this, we recommend taking the time to scour your pantry, shelves, and food products.
This will at least give you peace of mind as to what you are dealing with. If it does turn out that there are other invaders present, you can get our Davenport office on the line. We’ll dispatch out one of our trained pest management professionals as soon as possible, usually within the following 24 hours. We do, however, have emergency specialists always standing by if and when they are needed. Whatever the situation, don’t hesitate to give us a call for anything. It’s exactly what we are here for.