Protect Your Food From Weevils, Meal Worms And Mites

Stored Product, or Pantry, Pests come home with flour, rice, beans, cake mixes, spices, cookies, crackers, pancake mix, dried fruit, potato chips, candy, baking chocolate, pasta, oatmeal, powdered milk, nuts, pudding mix, cereal products, plus many others. And once the pests are in your home, they will spread to other products. Besides the gross factor of bug parts and feces, they can cause mold and spoilage. They may also enter with dried chilies, dried flowers, and potpourri. You may first notice black specks or bug parts in your flour, or the pet treats or crackers have "powdered" toward the bottom of the package as they are being eaten by the pests.

Our services include a thorough inspection to evaluate the severity of the problem; vacuuming the pantry, spice rock and storage cabinets with an Industrial HEPA vacuum; crack and crevice treatment, seal voids between shelves and wall in the pantry; and installing Postage Paid monitor stations.

Some Things You Can Do To Prevent An Infestation

  • To kill possible pests, you can bake flour, beans, and rice in the oven at 155 to 175 degrees for 30 minutes, or store them in the freezer at 0 to -2 degrees for 6 days. The freezer part of your refrigerator does not get this cold, but a stand-alone freezer can be set this low
  • Store as much as possible in sealed glass containers or heavy plastic containers with tight fitting lids
  • Do not purchase any products with broken packaging or at places like stores that sell everything for one dollar
  • Do not store anything in open packages. At a minimum, put things like cereal or pancake mix into a zipped plastic bag and put the bag back into the box. When you open a package, stand at the sink, shake a little out onto a white piece of paper and check the inside of the box
  • Store dry pet food and treats in heavy plastic containers with tight fitting lids
  • For long-term storage of food, use heavy food grade buckets with tight lids and oxygen absorbers
  • Store bird seed, grass seed, and mulch in tightly covered containers in the garage
  • Promptly clean up spills
  • Immediately discard infested items into garbage bags, and put them outside in the garbage can, vacuum well, wash the area with hot soapy water, and check your other products

Preparations Before We Arrive

  • Take all of the following out of your pantry and cabinets and other storage areas: flour, rice, beans, cake mixes, spices, cookies, crackers, pancake mix, dried fruit, potato chips, candy, baking chocolate, pasta, oatmeal, powdered milk, nuts, pudding mix, cereal products, dried flowers, potpourri, dog and cat food, paper products, bird seed, dried chilies, grass seed, mulch, and tobacco products
  • Starting with the opened packages, stand by the sink, open the package, and shake a little out over a white piece of paper. Also, check the inside of the box. If you see any sign of insect activity, immediately place the package and contents into a heavy-duty garbage bag. The bag must be taken out of the house and disposed into a covered garbage can or bin
  • If you do not see any activity in that package, put the contents into a sealable plastic bag and put back into the box. This includes all items like pancake mix and cereal. You need to check the contents of each bag again in one month since sometimes, new contamination will not show up immediately, but this will quarantine the infestation
  • Now go through the same procedure with all closed packages
  • Store as many products as possible in glass containers with lids or heavy-duty plastic containers with tight fitting lids
  • Move bird seed, grass seed, and mulch to covered containers in the garage
  • Leave all pantry and cabinet areas where food was stored empty so we can properly treat