What is your family’s favorite holiday recipe? Are you the one who makes the cookies and pies or the turkey and stuffing? Whatever you are planning to prepare for Thanksgiving and all of the upcoming holiday parties and gatherings, it is important that you remain aware of any pests trying to sneak into your favorite recipe.
Pantry pests are the name given to the group of pests including the Indian meal moth, cigarette beetle, and the red flour beetle, all pests who can infest our stored products and packaged foods. They can be found in most of our favorite foods in the pantry which is why it is always important to be on the lookout for any suspicious looking pieces of rice, cereal or pasta.
Since baking is such a huge part of the holidays (and maybe the only time your pantry gets used), you want to be sure that you do everything you can to avoid any run ins with pantry pests on Thanksgiving or any other holiday. Here are some tips from the WI pest control pros to avoid pantry pests in your holiday baking:
- Go through the items in your pantry and cupboards before you start baking. Toss any items that are past their date, have been left wide open, or especially any items that appear to be infested with beetles or moths.
- When you head to the grocery store, be sure to check the packaged foods before tossing them into the cart. You want to avoid any items with damaged packaging as this could mean there are holes in which pests can get in and lay eggs.
- After you are done baking and putting the supplies away, you want to seal any open items in an airtight container to avoid any pantry pests or other common food infesting pests like cockroaches and rodents.
If you believe that your home has a pantry pest infestation that is beyond your control, then make sure to contact us today! At Wil-Kil Pest Control we offer Wisconsin residents in Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay and throughout our service area, safe and effective pest control services for all of your home pest problems. The holidays are not meant to be spent with pests, so make sure they are not invited into your home this year.