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Central Pest Control
 

Stored Product Pest

Stored Product & Fabric Pests               
 
The Problem:

Indian Meal Moths are one of the most common stored product pests found in homes, stores, restaurants and food processing plants. Its larva is a common grain-feeding pest found around the world, feeding on cereals, nuts herbs and dry grain products. Pet foods such as dried dog food, flaked fish food, and bird seed can also become infested.
Since the moths do not feed they usually survive little more than a week. During this time the female may deposit over 200 eggs, laid either directly on food or in crevices adjacent to the stored foods on which they feed.

Carpet Beetles feed on animal and plant substances such as carpets, wools, fur, stuffed animals, hair, hides, silk, velvet, as well as seeds, grain, cereals, red pepper, and flour. Other substances include dog and cat food, leather, book bindings, dead insects, bird and rodent nests.

Meal worms are the larval form of the meal worm beetle, a species of darkling beetle. Meal worms are seldom major stored product pests in the home. The larva is found in dark, undisturbed locations feeding on collections of grain dust and cereal products.
Spider Beetles are general scavengers which feed on a variety of plant and animal foods including cereals, seeds, flour, meats, dried fruits and vegetables, dead insects, rodent droppings. Common sites of infestation in the house include wall voids and ceilings or similar undisturbed areas where food materials have collected.

Drugstore and Cigarette Beetles infest a wide variety of foods, tobacco, books and upholstered furniture. In addition to being common stored-product pests, these beetles also become a homeowner nuisance by flying on windows and doors in heavy populations.
Cigarette beetles may feed on pyrethrum powder strong enough to kill cockroaches, and drugstore beetles often feed on poisonous rodent baits.

Silverfish and Firebrats eat a wide variety of foods, including glue, wallpaper paste, book bindings, paper, photographs, starch in clothing, cotton, linen, rayon fabrics, wheat flour, cereals, dried meats, leather and even dead insects. Silverfish often live in damp, cool places such as basements and laundry rooms. Sometimes, they are found in a bathtub, sink or washbasin, unable to climb out. Firebrats live in hot, humid places such as attics in summer and near furnaces, fireplaces and heat pipes in winter.
Carpet Beetles feed on animal and plant substances such as carpets, wools, fur, stuffed animals, hair, hides, silk, velvet, as well as seeds, grain, cereals, red pepper, and flour. Other substances include dog and cat food, leather, book bindings, dead insects, bird and rodent nests.

Spider Beetles are general scavengers which feed on a variety of plant and animal foods including cereals, seeds, flour, meats, dried fruits and vegetables, dead insects, rodent droppings. Common sites of infestation in the house include wall voids and ceilings or similar undisturbed areas where food materials have collected.

The Solution:

The first stage of control is to identify all potential sources of insect infestation in a home. Infested food items should be discarded, promptly used up, or treated with heat or cold to kill insects found in the food. A thorough clean-out of all food sources is critical to managing Stored Product Pests.

Cabinets and shelving should be vacuumed to remove live insects, flour and other food material from cracks and crevices that can provide these pests with a food source. Storing items in insect resistant containers or in cold storage can prevent reinfestation.
Mating Disruption, Pheromone Insect Traps and Insect Growth Regulators are used to control the current populations and prevent future generations from taking root.