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

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

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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

World Food Day: Fighting Pests for Food Security

World Food Day: Fighting Pests for Food Security

World Food Day (16 October) provides an occasion to highlight the plight of 870 million undernourished people in the world. There are many threats to global food supplies, including population growth, food prices, climate change, food waste and land pressures. But one...

How Ant Infestations Start (And What to Do About It)

How Ant Infestations Start (And What to Do About It)

If you’ve woken up to find your home suddenly crawling with ants, you’re not alone. This time of year is prime time for ant infestations as the warmer weather urges worker ants to get busy foraging for food and water to sustain the colony. Like any other insect, ants...

Food Safety: A Global Public Health Threat

Food Safety: A Global Public Health Threat

In a year, An estimated 1 out of 10 people will fall ill after eating contaminated food, with diarrheal diseases being the most common illness (WHO). The food sector today faces many challenges that may leave food vulnerable to contamination and other hazards, as it...

5 Hallmarks of an Audit Approved Pest Management Programme

5 Hallmarks of an Audit Approved Pest Management Programme

For any company that handles food or beverage products – whether it’s a restaurant, food truck, producer, exporter, manufacturer, supermarket, caterer, or retail food store – ensuring food safety is becoming increasingly important. Ever-tightening policies and...

The 6 Tell-tale Signs of a Rodent Infestation [Infographic]

The 6 Tell-tale Signs of a Rodent Infestation [Infographic]

Rodents are nimble pests, often staying out of sight and undetected as they settle into buildings and homes where they can breed safely away from threat of predators and scavenge for food and water under the cover of darkness. Signs of a rodent infestation will often...

5 Common Hotspots for Rodent Infestations

5 Common Hotspots for Rodent Infestations

Whether you run a restaurant, a corporate business or an industrial facility, or even if you’re a homeowner – your property is at risk for a rodent infestation. And if you see one rate, there are likely many more hiding out of sight. Inspect these six popular rodent...

World Pest Day: Imagining a World without Pest Control

World Pest Day: Imagining a World without Pest Control

6 June 2019 is World Pest Awareness Day, a worldwide campaign that aims to raise awareness of the important role pest control and pest management plays in protecting public health and property. Pest infestations are considered a global threat for many reasons far...