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.