Handling pantry pest control

July 24, 2015 - 3 min read

While you may be worried about those ants on the windowsill, there could be other pests moving in right under your nose! Pantry pests are the worst of the lot. There’s nothing more sickening than opening that bag of flour to find weevils have infested! Here’s how you can eliminate most pantry pests, without putting […]

While you may be worried about those ants on the windowsill, there could be other pests moving in right under your nose! Pantry pests are the worst of the lot. There’s nothing more sickening than opening that bag of flour to find weevils have infested! Here’s how you can eliminate most pantry pests, without putting all that food at risk!


Where do pantry pests come from?

It depends on the pest, but generally they are brought in via grain-based products, pet food, birdseed and other products. Sometimes they can simply crawl or fly their way into your pantry. The most common pantry pests include weevils, moths and beetles.

Moths

The best way to tell if you have a moth infestation is to find an adult moth flying around in your pantry (this usually happens at night). If you think your pantry may be home to moths, check all the dry food in your cupboard such as pet food, flour, cereal and rice. Basically, check everything—moths hide out in dry places. Get rid of anything past its use-by date. Thoroughly clean your pantry, scrub the shelves and pop in some pheromone traps that safely trap male moths. These traps won’t eliminate them all, but you’ll be able to see the extent of your problem.

Weevils

Weevils do not bite, sting or harm humans; so if you find an infestation, don’t panic. Simply remove all food from the pantry, and throw away anything that might be contaminated—such as sugar, grains, dried beans and breakfast cereals. Wipe all areas with clean soapy water and be sure to get into all the corners and crevices. Eucalyptus oil is a great way to discourage weevils from resurfacing. Once the shelves are clean and dry, pop your food back in and place a few bay leaves in the cabinet to deter future infestation.

Ants

So those ants on the windowsill have somehow made their way to the pantry? The first step is to move any containers or products that aren’t in their path out of the way, this will help track down what they’ve found so delicious in your pantry. Once you’ve found the food they’re after, throw it in a plastic bag and put it in your outside rubbish. All that’s left to do is clear out the rest by wiping down your shelves with vinegar—this cleans, disinfects and leaves an odour that deters ants.


Feel like you still need a professional pest control expert? We’ve found some across Queensland who can help with all your pest control needs—pantry or otherwise!


Gold Coast pest controller

Pest Guru

For fast and affordable pest control services, call the team at Pest Guru. From ants and cockroaches through to spiders, silverfish and rodents, the Pest Guru can eliminate them all! They’ll customise a treatment to your specific needs—and even bring their termite-detection dog, Mack! Better yet, mention LocalSearch and get $20 off your service (conditions apply).
Servicing: The Gold Coast


Mackay pest controller

Tropical Pest Control

Setting the standard for quality pest control in Mackay, Tropical Pest Control has become a leading pest management business with a sterling reputation among Mackay locals. Whether you need a pre-purchase pest inspection, a written report or annual pest treatments on your current property, the team at Tropical Pest Control has you covered. Using advanced technology and techniques, you can count on this experienced team to eliminate problem pests.
Servicing: Mackay


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