Don’t Let Pantry Pests Invade Your Holiday RecipesNPMA Staff
Monday, November 21, 2011
When the weather turns colder and the holiday season approaches,
many opt to stay indoors and bake treats for friends and family.
When digging through your cabinets and storage for baking
necessities, like cookie cutters and containers of flour, make sure
you are leaving unwanted "pantry pests" out of
the mix. The National Pest Management Association offers consumers
tips for keeping these pesky pests from spoiling your holiday
"Pantry pests" are insects that tend to gather around food
often stored in pantries and cabinets such as flour, dry cereals,
spices, candies and chocolate. Common pantry pests include Indian
meal moths and Merchant
"Many families enjoy baking during the holiday season, and
spotting a pest in your ingredients or supplies is a surefire way
to ruin the fun," says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public
affairs for NPMA. "By following a few helpful tips, homeowners can
feel comfortable in their kitchens and safe when enjoying their
fresh baked treats."
The National Pest Management Association suggests the following
steps to avoid pantry pests:
- Immediately wipe up any crumbs or spills from countertops,
tables, floors and shelves.
- Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage
regularly in sealed receptacles.
- Only purchase food in sealed packages that show no sign
- Add a bay leaf to canisters and packages of dry goods
like flour, rice and other grains- their pungent scent repels many
- Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged
- Check expiration dates on baking ingredients before
- Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and
If you suspect a pest infestation, contact a
licensed pest professional to inspect, identify and treat the
For more information about household pests and to find a local
pest professional, visit www.pestworld.org.
NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was
established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's
commitment to the protection of public health, food and