Make Holiday Treats with Love, Not BugsNPMA Staff
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
From old family recipes to new experiments, holiday baking is a
favorite tradition for many families. When breaking out the pie
plates and cookie cutters, it's important to make sure no unwanted
little pastry chefs get into the mix. The National Pest Management
Association (NPMA) wants consumers to beware of the "pantry pests" that can
take the sweetness out of holiday baking if homeowners don't guard
What exactly are pantry pests? They 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 several types of beetles,
meal moths, pillbugs, stink bugs, silverfish, centipedes, millipedes and house crickets.
"People love making fresh baked treats during the winter and the
appearance of even a single pest could put a damper on that
tradition," says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs
for NPMA. "Taking some relatively simple steps and preventative
measures against pantry pests can make all the difference in making
sure families enjoy their holiday baking all season long."
How can consumers prevent these unwanted guests from crashing
their holiday cookie exchanges and baking marathons? The National
Pest Management Association (NPMA) suggests the following tips:
- 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 of
- 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 use.
- Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and
- If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact a
licensed pest professional to inspect, identify and treat the
For more information or to find a pest professional visit:
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