why does the pantry pest problem increase in the fall?
The number of invasive insects seems to increase in the fall because more bugs will be drawn to the warmth of your home as the temperature drops. According to Greg Baumann, senior scientist at the National Pest Management Association
, they invade your kitchen because they are looking for three things: food, water and shelter.
how can I help keep bugs out during the fall?
You can protect your home by laying down a line of protection with Raid Max® Bug Barrier
. It’s even been shown to work better than the leading brand of indoor/outdoor insect killer*, and will kill roaches, flies, spiders, and ants. It’s perfect for covering homes with lots of doors and windows.
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kills 8X more roaches than the leading brand of indoor/outdoor insect killer based on 1 minute of exposure to a dry, pre-treated wood surface against American and German cockroaches 48 hours after contact.)
can certain home décor attract pests?
Absolutely—especially festive fall arrangements using dried flowers or dried fruits and vegetables. Colored corn is a big pest magnet. To prevent infestation, store colored corn or any dried arrangements postseason, tightly sealed, in a Ziploc® Brand Container
or Ziploc® Brand Storage Bag
what are the most common pantry pests?
A variety of moth larvae, beetles and weevils can be found in stored foods such as flour, cereals, whole grains, corn meal, pasta, beans, peas, oils, nuts, spices and dried fruits. One of the most common is the Indian meal moth, which lays its larvae in or around food sources, especially grains. Some beetles prefer pasta and birdseed, and some can actually chew through packaging. Roaches are attracted to kitchens not only for food particles but also because they like to hide in warm, moist environments such as those around drains. (Learn more here about getting rid of roaches
how can you know if you are buying pest-free groceries?
Baumann suggests inspecting all foods before purchasing (look for rips in packaging and search open bins for signs of infestation). Then check again at home after unwrapping. And always inspect your grocery bags. Baumann says beetles and roaches can sneak into bags and boxes provided at the checkout counter.
what are the signs of infestation?
Silk webbing discovered inside flour, cereal, pasta, and bean packages is a sign that Indian meal moth larvae are present. Dark spots in food could be the remains of dead insects or larval "skins." A brownish dust covering cereals, corn, dried fruits, and vegetables might also be the remains of pests.