KEEPING CUPBOARDS AND PANTRIES PEST-FREE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
Arrow Exterminators Provides Tips to Help Homeowners Prevent Pantry Infestations
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 contaminate food.
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 homeowners' pantries.
To keep pests from spoiling the festive mood this holiday season, Arrow Exterminators recommends the following pest prevention tips:
- When shopping in grocery stores, only purchase sealed packages that show no signs of damage;
- Before baking, inspect all food for infestations and check expiration dates;
- 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
â€¢ 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 STEPSÂ® 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.