Stored Product Insect species

Stored product or pantry pests include several species of beetles and moths that invade kitchen cupboards and can infest whole grains or processed foods.

Indian Meal Moths

An insect scientist named this moth after seeing the moth feeding off corn meal, also called Indian meal. Adult meal moths grow as large as 19 mm long.

Merchant Grain Beetles

These moths are not normally found in grain products, but rather cereals, cake mixes, macaroni, cookies and chocolate. They have a dark brown colour, with six saw-like teeth on the


sides of their bodies. They can grow up to 3 mm long, with extremely flat bodies.


Stored Product Insects

Whilst a wide range of DIY and off-the-shelf products are available to get rid of pests, a large infestation may require professional pest control to ensure the problem won’t reoccur.

Pest articles

4 Pests Found in Food Manufacturing Facilities

The contamination of food sources in South Africa has come under the spotlight in recent years as a result of the listeriosis outbreak which affected more than 1,000 people and 128 deaths. While food can become contaminated form many reasons, pest infestation is a...

Avoiding Common Restaurant Health Code Violations

When a restaurant gets cited for health code violations, it’s impossible to ignore the negative blow to the reputation of the establishment. Not only are health code violations bad for business though, they could have serious consequences related to foodborne...

7 Habits That Can Attract Cockroaches & Other Pests

Cockroaches are among the most hated pests and finding them in your home or office can be enough to make you cringe. You may think you’re doing a good job of keeping these vile, disease-carrying creatures away, but you would be surprised at some of the habits that can...