Stored Product Pests | JP McHale
  1. Stored Product Pests


Stored product pests – commonly known as pantry pests – infest whole grains and processed foods that are not sealed properly or are openly exposed, targeting household products such as barley, rye, corn, oats, rice, grains and various other foods. In addition, common household decorations – such as decorative ears of corn – can be a primary source of nutrition for these types of pests.

From small beetles crawling across your countertops to moths flying throughout your rooms, stored product pests can wreak havoc in your home and contaminate your food supply.

JP McHale Pest Management’s highly trained team of pest management professionals address stored product pests by first conducting a thorough examination of suspected harborage sites to identify infestation sources. Often, these initial sources are partially used boxes or bags of food products that have been forgotten about in the backs of pantries and shelves. To accurately source these pests, we may strategically install pheromone lures to intercept and detect the infestation at a granular level.

Once the specific types of pantry pests are identified and the harborage sites are located, the infested products are reviewed with you to gain a better understanding of the economic impact these pests can have on your food supplies. Based on this feedback, our team will either freeze your infested products to kill all stages of infestation or dispose of infested items indefinitely.

Common types of pantry pests include:

  • Granary Weevils
  • Rice Weevils
  • Angoumois Grain Moths
  • Indian Meal Moths
  • Red/Confused Flour Beetles
  • Grain Beetles
  • Saw-toothed Grain Beetles
  • Drugstore Beetles
  • Cigarette Beetles

Household foods that pantry pests are attracted to:

  • Bread
  • Flour
  • Meal
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Spices
  • Dried Fruits
  • Dry pet food
  • Dried meats
  • Candy bars
  • Tobacco
  • Drugs
  • Bird seed

Steps to Take After Treatment:

Proper storage and sanitation are key elements to preventing stored product pests from returning in the future. After professional treatment from JP McHale Pest Management, make sure to place products from cardboard, paper, or plastic containers into jars or other containers with an air-tight seal. Decorative items – such as dried flower arrangements, Indian corn, or bird seed – can be treated with heat (155 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes with an oven door propped open) or in a non-self-defrosting freezer at zero degrees for four days.

JP McHale Pest Management offers stored product pest elimination solutions in addition to our pest protection programs. With over 50 years of experience, our highly trained team of pest management professionals will eliminate stored product pests from your residential property.

To find out more about how JP McHale Pest Management can help rid your home of stored product pests, contact us for a free estimate.

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