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Pantry Pests

Don’t Let Pantry and Pests Invade Your Holiday Cooking

When the holiday season approaches, many decide to bake treats for friends and family. We would like to give you some tips when digging through your cabinets for baking items, like cookie cutters and containers of flour.

“Pantry pests” are insects that tend to be around food stored in pantries and cabinets. Examples include flour, dry cereals, spices, candies and chocolate. The most common pantry pests include Indian meal moths and Merchant Grain Beetles.

Competitive Pest Control suggests the following steps to avoid the pantry pests:

  • Immediately wipe any crumbs or spills from countertops, tables, floors and shelves.
  • Always store food in airtight containers
  • Ensure the packaging of purchased food shows no sign of damage.
  • Dispose of garbage frequently in sealed bags.
  • Try adding a bay leaf to containers and packages of dry goods like flour, and rice. Their scent can repel many pantry pests.
  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
  • Before use, always check expiration dates on ingredients.
  • Eliminate any moisture sites, including leaking pipes and drains.

If you suspect a pest infestation, contact Competitive on 1300 766 614 to discuss treatment options.