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Nothing says the holidays like your family’s classic holiday dishes. Whether you are known for your sweet treats or that perfect green bean casserole, this is the time of year to go through those cupboards and get busy baking! But make sure that you aware of just what’s in those cupboards because adding pantry pests into your favorite holiday recipes is not a great way to start the season off.

Pantry pests are a group of pests known for infesting stored products.  Among its ranks are the cigarette beetle, and Indian meal moth amongst others. Pantry pests, also known as stored product pests, favor most packaged and processed foods like grains, pastas, baking supplies, cereals, dried fruit and pet food. Often times when they have access to such foods like in the processing facility, they will lay eggs (and lots of them), just in time for the product to be sealed shut and shipped to your local grocery store.

Although pantry pests are considered just a nuisance pest, they will contaminate the food that they have infested and they can certainly cause quite a scare. Some have reported cases of irritation or allergic reactions when encountering pantry pests although this is rare. But no matter what their threat level in your home, pantry pests do not belong in your holiday mix.

In order to prevent finding yourself in the midst of a pantry pest infestation during the busy holiday season (as if you have time to worry about a pest infestation), here are some tips to help St. Louis homeowners prevent bringing home pantry pests and adding them in as an extra ingredient during this busy baking season:  

  • At the grocery store, carefully inspect food staples before tossing them into the cart. You want to look for any damages to the packing or if you can see through the package, try to look for anything that does not resemble the rest of the food. 

  • Before you tackle your holiday baking you want to thoroughly inspect and clean your food pantry and kitchen cupboards. Discard any items that are past their expiration date or have not been sealed for a long period of time. And of course, if you happen to find pantry pests including any beetles or moths, get rid of the food contents. 

  • Be sure that all open food is stored in airtight containers as this will help to prevent other pests like rodents or roaches from finding their way into your kitchen as well. 

If you believe that you have pantry pests in St. Louis and the problem is beyond your control, then make sure to call in the help of the St. Louis pest control experts at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. With a busy season approaching, there is certainly no time for pantry pests to add to the stress, not to mention they’re not going to make your culinary delight taste better. To enjoy the holiday festivities pest free, contact Rottler today to learn about our effective home pest control services.


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