Uncontrolled Pantry Pests Leave a Bad Taste in Guests’ Mouths

The National Pest Management Association shares tips for pest-free baking this holiday season

FAIRFAX, VA (November 21, 2016) – The holidays are a time for celebration and gatherings with family and friends, often around the table with a hearty meal and tasty confections at the center of it all. With families rolling up their sleeves in the kitchen and preparing to host loved ones this holiday season, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is dishing about pantry pests.

Pantry pests, including Indianmeal moths and certain beetles often enter homes through infested grocery items stored in cardboard boxes or paper bags. When these products are put into a cabinet or pantry, the pests can easily move from the infested products to others stored nearby. Any food-based item – from flour and grains to nuts and chocolate – can be a source of an infestation, so it’s good practice to examine items before putting them in a cart. Only purchase sealed packages that have no signs of damage. If ordering groceries online, it’s also important to inspect deliveries and packages before bringing them indoors.

Monitoring for an infestation is equally important. Frequently inspecting cabinets and pantries to ensure they are clean and free of crumbs helps reduce food sources for bugs, not to mention mice. Additionally, NPMA experts recommend storing all food products in insect-resistant packaging, such as plastic or glass containers with secure lids, and tossing expired food items on regular basis.

If pantry pests are found, discard the infested items in outdoor trash containers and vacuum the shelves. Complete control is not possible unless all infested material is discovered and removed. Working with a pest control professional can also help keep an infestation from spreading.

For more information on pantry pests and other advice, visit PestWorld.org.


About the National Pest Management Association

The 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 property. For more information, visit PestWorld.org or Like PestWorld on Facebook.