You pull your favorite cereal box down from the shelf, and begin to pour the cereal into a bowl. Before you pour the milk, you realize there are bugs in the cereal box. OMG! What kind of bugs are these? Where did they come from? How did they get into my house, much less this cereal box? Are they in other food packages in my pantry? The most important question of all is… how do I get rid of them and keep them from coming back?
There are numerous types of beetles, weevils, and moths that can infest your dry food stuffs stored in cabinets or in your pantry. Many can chew their way through cardboard and foil, making their way from the grocery into your home. It is important to be vigilant about purchasing dry goods in intact packaging at the grocery. When these pests are present in your food, in order to control the infestation, it is essential to identify all of the affected packages. After identifying the affected food stuffs, you have to throw it all away. Then you should empty the pantry or cupboards where the affected foods were stored, then vacuum them, especially corners and cracks where pests can hide. It is imperative to empty the vacuum cleaner or remove the vacuum bag, taking the refuse to the outdoor trash bin. You do not want to keep that trash bag in your house for very long in order to avoid a reinfestation. It is a good precautionary measure to store dry goods in airtight containers. Some of these items can be stored in the fridge or freezer. Should these pests return, then you should also inspect other areas of your home to determine the source of the infestation. If this problem becomes a recurring one, then professionals should be called in to take control.
At Terminix, our mission is to provide total customer satisfaction by providing tailored services to meet individual client needs for pest control. Call us at the Southshore at (504) 834-7330, River Parishes at (985) 652-7378, or on the Northshore at (985) 643-6542.