Any area containing grains and dried goods is at risk for an infestation of stored product insects.
These pesky critters and their larvae can quickly move through stored foods and destroy the products. There are a numerous stored product pests found in Missouri, but some notable mentions include the spider beetle, indian meal moth, and red flour beetle. The best way to prevent these persistent and damaging pests is to keep moisture levels low on your property by using dehumidifiers, air-conditioners, and fans. It’s also a good idea to store cereal, grains, and other stored food products in dry areas, and sealed in plastic or glass containers with lids. When purchasing dry goods, do not buy products that have tears or holes in the packaging.