KEEPING CUPBOARDS AND PANTRIES PEST-FREE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
Arrow Exterminators Provides Tips to Help Homeowners Prevent
With so many parties, activities and family gatherings held
during the holiday season, the last thing homeowners want to worry
about are uninvited "guests" making an appearance. Indian meal
moths, grain and flour infesting beetles and weevils, ants and mice
are common intruders this time of the year, invading pantries
nationwide. To keep cupboards and cabinets pest-free this holiday
season, Arrow Exterminators encourages homeowners to inspect and
clean their pantries.
"Before holiday cooking and baking commences, we always
recommend that homeowners conduct a complete inventory of their
pantries and cupboards, closely inspecting dry goods including
flour, corn meal and sugar, for pests. Silent intruders such as
Indian meal moths, flour and grain infesting beetles and weevils
and ants can easily find their way inside homes, infesting pantries
and their contents," said Arrow Pest Expert Shay Runion. "We also
encourage homeowners to scrutinize packaging at the grocery store,
looking for signs of damage, so as to avoid bringing these unwanted
pests into the home."
Indian meal moths are the most common type of pantry pests.
Small, with tri-colored wings, their lifecycle can be as short as
25 days; however, female moths can lay up to 200 eggs in one week.
Indian meal moths can quickly contaminate pantries and are most
often lurking in dried fruits, flour, powdered milk, dry dog food
and corn meal.
Other common pantry pests are grain and flour infesting beetles
and weevils. These small, reddish to dark brown pests are attracted
to cereal, cake mix, chocolate and macaroni, and use their saw-like
teeth to chew through food. Similar to Indian meal moths, they can
Lastly, homeowners cannot forget about ants and mice. While
these pests are common invaders year-round, Arrow Exterminators
particularly notices an increase in rodent-related calls in the
colder months as these pests look for warm places to nest. Ants and
mice are also looking for sustenance, which can often be found in
To keep pests from spoiling the festive mood this holiday
season, Arrow Exterminators recommends the following pest
- When shopping in grocery stores, only purchase sealed packages
that show no signs of damage;
- Before baking, inspect all food for infestations and check
- Keep all food sealed in airtight containers;
- Keep kitchen counters, sinks and floors clean at all times, as
crumbs and spills can quickly attract pests
• If an infestation is suspected, discard contaminated foods in
outdoor trash bins and clean the infested areas thoroughly with a
vacuum, as well as with soap and water. In the event mice are
detected, a pest professional should be contacted immediately.
Arrow protects homes from infestations with the STEPS® Total
Protection System, an industry-leading process that utilizes
Integrated Pest Management. STEPS includes a full inspection of the
home and property to pinpoint pest control issues; identification
of not only the pest, but the true cause of the problem; and
treatment in the most environmentally responsible way to alleviate
current issues and to help prevent future recurrences.