BUGS IN YOUR FOOD IS NO GOOD

BUGS IN YOUR FOOD IS NO GOOD

     STORED PANTRY & FOOD PRODUCT PEST

 

BUGS IN YOUR FOOD IS NO GOOD

BUGS IN YOUR FOOD IS NO GOOD

Collier Pest Control is your Southwest Florida Pest Authority including Stored Food Product Pests. There are several different types of Food Product Pests in Southwest Florida. The most common are flour beetles, saw-toothed grain beetles, cigarette and drug store beetles, weevils, grain moths, Indian and Mediterranean flour moths,

and psocids.

Most of the Stored Food Product Pests in Florida can reproduce quickly all year. It is very unsettling to open a brand new package of something just to find it infested with insects. How did they get into that package? The answer is that they were in the package when the food product was processed at the factory. Then when the age, humidity, and temperature of the food product get just right the insects hatch out. From the infested food packages, the pests may spread to other exposed food.

These Food Product Pests are usually found living in dried fruit, spices, flour, bran, dried vegetables, dried flowers, grains, milled cereal products, dried dog and cat food, nuts, candy, pasta, grits, cake mixes, and other similar processed dried or grain products.

The first step in controlling Food Product Pests is to locate the source of the infestation. All susceptible foods should be thoroughly inspected and infested items be discarded. You need to take the time to go through the pantry and inspect those items in question.

Insects in infested foods may be killed by heat or cold if the item is of value and need to be saved. Invested foods may be placed in an oven at 130 degrees for 30 minutes or into a freezer at 0 degrees for 4 days to kill live insects and their eggs. If insects are out of the food package and active, you can vacuum or dry wipe up all insects and wash the area with warm soapy water. If insects reappear after you have inspected and discarded infested food items take the time to re-inspect and discard any new infested items and look for the source of the problem.

The presence of Food Product Pests is not an indication of uncleanliness since the infestation of the food product was before you purchased the food product.

If you live in Naples, Fort Myers, or Southwest Florida call 239-455-4300 Collier Pest Control for a free estimate and a complete explanation on any of our services, or look us up on our web site at collierpestcontrol.com. Don’t let unwanted guests spoil your beautiful Southwest Florida lifestyle. Remember, Florida does not have to be shared with insects.

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