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4 Tips for Avoiding Pantry Pests This Winter

Jar of flour spilled on counter.

How to Keep the Creepy Crawlies Out of Your Food!

Wintertime has come to Arizona once again, bringing more tolerable temperatures and annoying insects to our area. It’s the time of year when pests invade kitchens and contaminate food. Meal moths and flour beetles are common invaders in Arizona residences. If you want to keep these pests out of your home, it pays to take preventative action before a problem occurs. Here are 4 ways to prevent pantry pests when the temperature drops.

Seal Cracks Around Your Home

Pests can find small cracks and crevices around doors and windows. They’ll slip through these spaces into your home and make their way toward the food. Take the time to inspect the exterior for possible pest entryways. Once you find them, use a sealant to block the entrances and to keep out unwanted insect pests.

Secure Your Pantry Items

When insects invade your pantry, they go for the first available food source in their sight. If you keep bagged and boxed goods off the floor and place them higher on a shelf, you’ll save your stored food from an invasion. You should also make sure to seal any cracks around your pantry door to keep pests from slipping through and infesting your food items.

Transfer Food to Plastic Containers

It’s easy for pest insects to chew through boxes and bags. If you keep the flour and the sugar in your pantry, you’re inviting pests to your stored goods. Transfer the rice, cereal, sugar and other boxed and bagged food items to sealed plastic containers. Without easily accessible food, the insects will have to find another place to infest this winter.

Pre-Treat Your Home for Pests

Preventative treatments stop pests before they have a chance to invade your pantry. A pest control professional can treat your home’s exterior and the interior, stopping pests before they have a chance to come inside. The interior treatments will eliminate any pests that have already invaded and spread throughout your home.

Professional Pest Control for Pantry Pests

Need help keeping pests out of your pantry? Learn more about our pest control programs. We provide effective services to eliminate and to prevent pest infestations in your home. We’ll come up with a custom treatment plan for your needs and set up a recurring maintenance routine to keep pests out for good.