Throughout the holidays, families spend more time in the kitchen cooking for dinners and baking for parties. Turner Pest Control and The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds people to be wary of the uninvited guests that could be hiding in the cupboards, especially in those baking ingredients that haven’t been touched in a while. Ants, earwigs cockroaches, and mice can be occasional pantry invaders, but the most common are Indian meal moths and merchant grain beetles. Once inside, these pests can quickly find homes in close proximity to human food.
“Pantry pests tend to gather around food such as flour, cereals, spices and chocolate stored in cabinets,” says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “They can easily contaminate stored food and become a serious problem if left unchecked. Following a few easy tips can help you protect and enjoy pest-free ingredients all season long.”
Turner Pest Control and The NPMA recommends the following steps to keep stored food free from pantry pests:
If you suspect an infestation, contact Turner Pest Control to inspect, identify and treat the problem. For more pest-proofing tips and information about common household pests, visit www.pestworld.org. Visit www.turnerpest.com to learn more about Turner Pest Control.The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, food and property.