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Stored Product Pests

 For over four decades, JP McHale Pest Management has served residents all across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut with scientific solutions for all types of pest control needs. With eco-friendly strategies and individualized services, our pest technicians have years of experience dealing with all sorts of common household pests – including stored product pests.

What are Stored Product Pests?

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

 Common Types of Pantry 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.

Common types of pantry pests include:

Foods That Stored Product Pests Go After

With so many food sources for stored product pests to feed on inside your home, it can be a challenge to ensure that all your dried-goods containers are sealed properly.

Household foods that pantry pests are attracted to include:

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

Taking Care of Your Stored Product Pest Problem

Here at JP McHale Pest Management, our pest technicians handle stored product pests by first conducting a thorough examination of suspected harborage sites to identify infestation sources. Oftentimes, these initial sources are partially used boxes or bags of food products that have been forgotten about in the backs of pantries and shelves. For us to accurately source these pests, we may strategically install pheromone lures to intercept and detect the infestation on 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 get 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.

After all the infested products and harborage sites are identified and cleared of items for accessibility, we will then perform an intensive crack and crevice treatment to destroy all stages of stored product pests.

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, make sure to place products from cardboard, paper, or plastic containers into jars or other containers that can be sealed air-tight. 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 the oven door propped open) or in a non-self-defrosting freezer at zero degrees for four days.

JP McHale: Your Pest Control Source for Stored Product Pests

Stored product pests can infiltrate your food supply and cost you a substantial amount of money if left untreated. Through strategies like professional pest control, adequate sanitation, and ensuring your pantry foods are sealed in airtight containers, you can ward off these nuisance pests and save your products from contamination.

At JP McHale Pest Management, our team of Cornell pest scientists have put together comprehensive treatment plans for stored product pests, fine-tuning our approach for each individual case throughout the Tri-State area. If you think stored product pests have contaminated your pantry, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our pest professionals right away to experience the JP McHale difference today!

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