Kitchens are go-to spots for store product pests

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November 15, 2021

Mel Whitson, Senior Field Technical Service Manager, Zoëcon Professional Products

Mel Whitson, Senior Field Technical Service Manager, Zoëcon Professional Products

Insects often are looking for the same things humans are: food, water and shelter. Kitchens offer all three.

And because we prepare and store food in our kitchens and pantries, they are go-to spots for store product pests (SPP), too. It’s important to remember that SPP prevention is the best remedy.

Following a few simple guidelines will help your customers keep common pantry pests like red flour beetles (Tribolium castaneum) and lesser grain borers (Rhyzopertha dominica) out of their stored food. For example:

  • Seal food containers and store items appropriately.
  • Keep track of expiration dates and best if used by (BIUB) dates, and discard food items as they age.
  • Deep-clean areas around appliances such as toasters and ovens. Crumbs and flour can accumulate over time.
  • Seal cracks and crevices around countertops to prevent food matter buildup.
  • Keep pet food and feed stored in temperature-controlled rooms. Garages, unfinished basements and other non-temperature-controlled areas can accumulate moisture.

Remember, moisture and temperature are very important elements for SPP. Add expired food, and you provide the perfect habitat.

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Senior Field Technical Service Manager, Zoëcon Professional Products

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