What do they look like?
Stored product pests comprise of multiple beetle and moth species including, but not limited to, bean weevils, rice weevils, cigarette beetles, yellow mealworms, grain moths and Indian meal moths. Grain mites are also considered a stored product pest. Adult insects are generally small, ranging from miniscule, barely perceptible grain mites to beetles approximately 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch in length, and up to approximately one inch for moths. They predominantly vary in shades of red, brown or black as adults, but are lighter in color during the larva stage. Identification of stored product pests commonly occurs when mature insects begin to travel from their food source into other areas of the residence.
Where do they come from?
Stored product pests may be introduced during the various production or packaging stages of crops. Insects from newly-arrived infested food packages may spread to other stored products located in close proximity, such as in a kitchen or storeroom. Stored products that are not kept in tightly sealed and durable containers are open to potential infestation. Some stored product pests have the ability to penetrate inorganic material, such as plastic and soft metals.
Will they cause any damage to my home or business?
Stored product pests are known to destroy large quantities of plant products meant for human consumption. An infestation of stored product pests in a residence will cause similar food spoilage on a more localized scale. As they go through their life cycle, these insects leave droppings and other filth in the food further rendering them inedible. In addition, mold will sometimes grow on food with insect activity. Some stored product pests also feed on and damage household items, not just plant-based products.
Will they cause me or my family to become sick?
Generally, stored product pests pose a low health risk. There are not likely to transmit diseases to humans and ingesting small amounts of these insects in food is not considered hazardous. However, insect activity may lead to mold growth resulting in an increase risk to human health. Food infested with grain mites may produce allergic reactions in some people.
Where will I generally find them in my home or business?
As their name suggests, stored product pests are predominantly found in areas containing stored food. They include areas, such as the kitchen or storeroom, where grains, beans, tobacco, spices, and other similar products are commonly kept. Stored product pests are also known to consume flour, starchy food, dried fruit and meat. Adult insects may be found migrating across floors, walls and other surfaces in search of another food source.
Why do I have to get rid of them?
A stored product pest infestation will lead to food spoilage. Over time, these insects may migrate and cause damage to food products in other places, creating a greater area of infestation. If not quickly addressed, this damage can be extensive and costly. Stored product pests are also associated with mold growth and allergens that may be harmful to human health.
How can 1st Pest Control help?
At 1st Pest Control we specialize in pest and wildlife remediation. Stored product pests are prevalent throughout single family homes, multi-family buildings and commercial properties in the Lower Mainland. With industry-leading techniques and pest control methods, you can feel secure that your home or business is being treated to the highest industry and safety standards by our Certified Pest Control Technicians. By combining both environmentally-friendly pest control services and an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach, we will create a specialized treatment program tailored to your specific location and infestation. Our mission is to eradicate pests in your home or business to give you peace of mind and to ensure the safety of you and those you care about.
When can we get started?
Today! Call 1st Pest Control and our Certified Pest Control Technicians and friendly office staff will begin creating a customized treatment program to get your pest problem under control. 1-844-PEST-CANADA (737-8226).
At 1st Pest Control, we aim to help you reclaim your space from pests and wildlife.