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Stored-Product Pest Identification Guide

What are stored-product pests?

Insects such as moths and beetles that feed on or breed in food (whole or processed grains), or items made of animal bi-products or natural fibers, are known as stored-product pests. You can find these insects in all stages of development in stored products, but it is the larval stage that does the most damage. Confused flour beetles, webbing clothes moths, and Indian meal moths are all examples of stored-product pests living throughout New York City.

Are stored-product pests dangerous?

Stored-product pests are not a danger to people, but they are a significant danger to our food and personal property, as infestations in our food make it inconsumable. Inside commercial properties such as food processing and storage facilities, stored-product pests can create a substantial economic loss. In our homes, they contaminate food and are tough to eliminate. Clothes webbing moths are problematic in places like museums, where there fabrics and items made from animal bi-products are stored.

Why do I have a stored-product pest problem?

Adult pantry pests often find their way into structures through open windows or doors, torn screens, or openings in exterior walls. Products purchased from the grocery store that are already contaminated with stored product pest eggs or larvae are another common way these destructive pests get inside buildings.

Where will I find stored-product pests?

You’ll find stored product pests wherever there are sources of food. Places like kitchens, pantries, closets, basements, and attics are common hideouts for stored product pests. Confused flour beetles and Indian meal moths have varied diets, feeding on such things as flour, cereals, dried pasta, crackers, chocolate, dried milk, dried fruits, dry pet food, and cake mixes. Webbing clothes moths feed on and damage things like carpets, furs, clothing, curtains, bedding, and upholstered furniture.

How do I get rid of stored-product pests?

Partnering with Broadway Pest Services is the best way to get rid of stored-product pests from your New York City property. Our pest management technicians are highly trained and use the latest advancements in technology and science to effectively eliminate pests from residential and commercial properties. At Broadway Pest Services, we provide excellent customer service and the pest control services needed to get and keep stored product pests out using inspection, treatment, and exclusion measures.

At Broadway Pest Services, we know the pests that find their way into New York City structures and how to protect people and property from the damage and dangers they create. If you would like to learn more about our pest control solutions, reach out and speak to one of our helpful and friendly professionals today!

How can I prevent stored product pests in the future?

In addition to our residential pest control and commercial pest control service offerings, our professionals recommend the following tips:

  • Remove food from its original packaging and store it in airtight containers.

  • Store any dry pet food in metal containers with a locking lid.

  • Install weatherstripping around windows and doors.

  • Avoid buying dry goods in bulk.

  • Replace torn window or door screens.

  • Repair any cracks in the exterior walls of your building.

  • Do not purchase food from the store with holes or rips in the packaging.

  • Store your bedding, clothes, and other fabric items in plastic containers with locking lids, not cardboard boxes.


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