Pantry Beetles Control Products

Pantry Beetles Control Products
Size: 1/16 - 3/16"
Color: Reddish brown
Infestation: On food items
Found: Worldwide
Questions & Answers : How to get rid of Pantry Beetles (7)
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Pantry Beetle Control

Homeowners may experience an infestation in their stored products. The pests that attack stored products are more commonly known as pantry pests and by the time they are discovered, they may have already caused some severe damage to the products in the pantry. Among the common pantry pests, pantry beetles are the largest and the most regular infestation. there are about 87 different species that are noted to potentially invade homes and destroy grains and other materials that are stored in the pantry. Although carpet beetles are persistent and may seem hard to get rid of, they are not impossible to eradicate. With thorough inspections and applying correctly labeled pesticides, homeowners can completely eliminate carpet beetles from their homes.

Pantry Beetle Identification

There is a wide variety of representing species of beetles that are included in the group of pantry pests including weevils and other pantry beetles. All species of pantry beetles and weevils will vary in size and color, depending on the species, however, they will remain similar in shape. In general, pantry beetles are very small beetles, ranging in size from about 1.5 mm - 5 mm in length. Pantry beetles are generally oval in shape and elongated. Their color differs depending on the species of carpet beetle, however, most pantry beetles will be a shade of brown or reddish-brown. all stages of carpet beetles are present in an infestation, but the most damage is done by the larval stage. Carpet beetle larvae ore often grub-like or worm-like. They are about 1mm long and are pale in color with black heads. Pantry moth larvae look very similar and so most professionals or homeowners that are inspecting for an infestation will look at the webbing. Although pantry moth larva spin webs in infested food materials, the larva of pantry beetles do not spin webs and so often times, the lack of webbing will aid in identifying the type of infestation.

Pantry Beetle Damage

In the house, pantry beetles are most often going to be in, around, and near stored food products, hence their generalized common name, "pantry beetle." This area that is near or surrounding stored food products is where pantry beetles will spend most of their lifetime. In other words, this is where a pantry beetle completes their entire life cycle.

Different species prefer different foods and therefore the stored food materials that are infested may vary depending on the species of pantry beetle that is infesting your pantry. The materials that are damaged by pantry beetles are dried foods which include dried fruits, cereal, flour, different spices and herbs, dog or cat food, and etc. When infestations are heavy, pantry beetle infestations become more difficult to treat because individuals may be found in areas around the home that is far away from their initial food source.

How to Get Rid of Pantry Beetles

The key to carpet beetle control is sanitation. If a carpet beetle infestation is notices and the beetles have no migrated, all infested materials must be disposed of. Trying to sanitize the materials can be tedious and sometimes takes more time than you can afford. once the infested material is thrown away, other materials must be inspected for any possible infestations. Old or expired materials should be disposed of and non-infested materials must be placed in air tight containers. The shelves, drawers, cupboards, floors, and walls of the area surrounding the infested area must be thoroughly cleaned. Regularly cleaning and ridding your pantry of old material will also be effective prevention methods.

Pantry Beetle Removal

To completely eradicate a pantry beetle infestation, sanitation, as well as a monitoring system in conjunction with a chemical treatment will be the most effective.

In order for a good monitoring program for pantry beetle control, the use of glue boards will work the best. Most glue boards and traps that are labeled for pantry beetle control use a natural pheromone attractant, which lures the beetles into the traps. They should be placed in areas of infestation and out of reach of children and pets.

Appropriately labeled foggers are effective for an initial treatment. A homeowner should retreat the infested area periodically with a pressurized aerosol spray that is labeled for pantry beetle control will ensure lasting control. The aerosol can be used to treat the baseboards, the corners, and shelves of the pantry or infested areas. ALL items should be taken out before chemical treatment is applied. Keep in mind that all treated areas should be left alone to dry before you come in contact with that area again as well as before you put non-infested materials back into the pantry.

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Q. Pantry Beetles eating lavender sachets
Hi, i noticed pantry beetles a year ago and went crazy cleaning everything to find the source--found it in the spice cabinet. Then they came back 6 months later and i found them eating tea bags. i noticed them again in odd places in the house and couldnt find the source in the kitchen. just found it in my closet--the lavender sachet--they ate and bred in my cashmere sweaters :(.. how do i get rid of them?????????
A.   We are unsure of if you have a pantry beetle infestation or a carpet beetle infestation that infests upholstery and clothing. You must identify the pest so that we can better assist you because the types of traps that you use are going to be different and will utilize different pheromones.
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Q. What's the best insecticide to use for pantry bugs
Mine are about1.5 mm, brown in color. I cleaned with bleach, but wonder what's the best thing to use now.
A.   There are a variety of pantry bugs ranging from moths to tiny beetles. It is important to identify the pest before applying any pesticides or even beginning and treatment methods. This is because one of the best ways to get rid of pantry pests is by using glue boards that have pheromones in them. Unfortunately, pheromones are specific to the pest and the best results are seen when you are able to identify what your target pest is first.
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Q. Mealworms Control
Do you sell the growth hormone used for mealworms?
A.   Unfortunately we do not sell growth hormones for meal worms. In order to eliminate the meal worm infestation you will need to get rid of the full grown beetles and any source where you see the meal worms, such as in cereal boxes, pasta boxes, etc. After you do that you can use pantry pest traps and place them around the infested area.
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Q. Pantry Beetle removal
What is the best product you sell to get rid of pantry beetles? I believe they look like red flour beetles (they can fly if they want to but I don't see them fly very often). They seem to be attracted to spices and not flour or grains really.
A.   For treatment of any type of pantry infesting pests, you will first need to inspect your pantry and throw out any infested foods. Then we recommend that you follow up with any of our pantry patrol traps designed for pantry infesting beetles such as Pantry Patrol or Pro Pest Pantry Moth and Beetle Traps
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Q. Best products for larder beetles?
Would the beetle and stink bug kit work for larder beetles? And do you sell traps for them?
A.   We recommend using 565 Plus XLO to use around cracks and crevices, especially paying attention to the baseboard areas. We also recommend using Delta Dust in the wall void area. If there are insects that have died in the wall void, it can attract the larder beetles to them. Since these cannot be cleaned out of the wall void, you should apply insecticides where they are located so that you can control them as they enter the structure. If you have infested food items like pet food or other storage foods that are prone to attract larder beetles, these items should be inspected and infested materials should be disposed of. We do not carry any traps specifically for larder beetles.
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Q. Do pantry pest fly and look like nets? Brown in color?
A.   You may be dealing with Indian Meal Moths. If so, we recommend using the Pantry Moth Traps.
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Q. beetles. Small tiny brown bugs. We threw away all of our grain products and anything that might have been infested. Cleaned out the pantry completely sprayed left empty for a week and then wiped everything down with white vinegar. We then bought airtight sealed containers for any new food products. We restocked our pantry with the new containers and wipped down cans. We did not have any bugs for 1 month and now we are finding dead bugs all over the place. Please help
A.   Reoccurring infestations are common in areas which may have been previously infested. However if you are finding the bugs all turn up dead, then that means the insecticide which you used is probably working. I would checked all the stored products just in case and wipe down the pantry again. If you continue to see bugs turn up, dead or alive it will help you indicate that there is a active infestation somewhere near that area.
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