All pests have their own reasons and motivations to be in your home. Rodents will use it as shelter and for nesting material. Flies will use it to find breeding spots. Moles will use it to dig tunnels. Amongst the most common kinds of pests, however, are the insects that use it primarily as a food source. These are known as food pests, and here we are going to look at the kind of trouble they can cause and how you can get rid of them.
Types of food pests
There are many different species of insect and other bugs that go on the hunt for food. However, here are how you can recognize some of the most common food pests found in the home.
- Grain beetles: These are brown or dark red beetles that are usually between 2mm and 3mm in length and can be mistaken for ants at a glance but look flattened by comparison. They hide in crevices throughout the home and feed primarily on grain, as the name suggests. It is typical that they lay there eggs near or in food sources.
- Meal moths: These are small, grey moths, which have a red-brown or bronze tint to their back wings. Their larvae are cream colored with a dark brown head. They feed on flour, cereals, and nuts and spread rapidly in humid conditions.
- Cockroaches: Most people are familiar with the 3-inch long, red-brown to dark brown body of the cockroach. However, in the northwest the most common cockroach is the German cockroach. They are a lot smaller than 3 inches, but they reproduce very quickly. These are some of the most dangerous food pests to have in the home, spreading disease, contaminating food and even causing asthma. They venture for food and water and can be found underneath appliances, in drains, in cabinets, and on the floor.
- Food weevil: There are different kinds of food weevils, such as flour weevils, wheat weevils, and bean weevils. Their appearances can vary but they are most oval-shaped and are usually dark colored. Their eggs are tiny and hard to find and they mostly target a single preferred kind of food.
Many food pests don’t find their way into the home naturally, but rather because the homeowner might buy food contaminated with their eggs, which allows them to spread.
Signs you have food pests in the home
Food pests and their eggs can sometimes be seen near the food source. However, another common sign they have infested the home is that improperly sealed food may have holes chewed into the packaging. Some food pests also leave droppings around the unsealed food.
If you spot the signs of a food pest, getting rid of it as soon as possible should be a priority. Not all food pests carry disease, but they do contaminate kitchens as well as food and water sources, making them unfit for consumption. Meal moths and some other food pests also spread mold and leave droppings. Cockroaches can be even more dangerous.
Getting rid of food pests
Keeping the home clean and keeping all food tightly sealed is the key to winning against food pests. However, if you spot the signs of a food pest infestation, then getting rid of them as soon as possible is for the good of your home and health. AB Pest Control can inspect the home and formulate a solid control program to ensure food pests aren’t taking over your kitchen.