Pest Identification for insects in Southwestern PA

PANTRY PESTS

Angoumois Grain Moth

Adult Angoumois grain moths do not cause damage. This moth is a common household pest.

 

Size: 1/2 to 5/8 of an inch long    

 

Color: Buff or light brown

 

Activity/Behavior: These moths primarily attack whole grain. The adults are excellent fliers. They are often confused with the clothes moth. However, adult Angoumois grain moths are attracted to light, and clothes moths are not.

 

Where They Live: Angoumois grain moths infest decorative Indian corn, popcorn, corn used to fill bean bags, and other whole seeds.

Tips for Control: In homes, locating, isolating, and disposing of infested items are the most important control measures of all. All food storage items should be inspected and disposed of. This includes pet food and items which can be considered food.

How Sean Rock Exterminating Can Help:  Control of Angoumois grain moths takes persistence and experience. Over-the-counter products are not capable of reaching everywhere and they are also never successful at killing the larvae. Sometimes fumigation is needed, and a trained pest control professional can help you get rid of moths.

 

Sean Rock Exterminating follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure your health and safety. We use only products which are registered with the EPA.

Indian Meal Moth

Indian meal moths are one of the most common store product pests found in homes, food processing plants, and grain storage and processing facilities.

Size: 5/8 to 3/4 of an inch long

 

Color: Burnished copper, almost purple, with a broad gray band
 

Activity/Behavior: The adult moths are more active at night. They are also attracted to light. They eat grains, dried fruits, nuts, chocolates, beans, crackers, biscuits, dry dog food, birdseeds, and red peppers. They also produce silk webbing.

 

Where They Live: Outside, moths can be found gathered around the light. Inside, they are found in food containers.

 

Tips for Control: Suburban encourages all food to be inspected and disposed of. Locating and isolating the moths is half the battle.

 

How Sean Rock Exterminating Can Help:  Control of Indian meal moths takes persistence and experience. Reinfestation is always an option when it comes to moths, and a professional will be able to best help make that impossibility. Also, moths have many hiding places, and a trained pest control professional can help you find and get rid of moths. 

 

Sean Rock Exterminating follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure your health and safety. We use only products which are registered with the EPA. 

Mealworm

Adult mealworms are a lot like beetles and other stored product pests. They can be found in cabinets and food.

 

Size: 1/2 to 5/8 of an inch long
 

Color: Dull black, or shiny dark brown and black

 

Activity/Behavior: Mealworms are stored product pests which are attracted to light. Their larvae are usually what’s found in cereals or other products and ingested.

 

Where They Live: They are found in dark undisturbed locations. They feed on collections of grain, grain dust, and cereal products. Poor sanitary conditions and high moisture content are likely to lead to an infestation.

 

Tips for Control: Inspecting all food products is the first course of action. Locating and disposing of the mealworms’ food supply will help get rid of the mealworms.

How Sean Rock Exterminating Can Help:  Control of mealworms takes persistence and experience since mealworms have many hiding places.  A trained pest control professional can help you get rid of mealworms.

 

Sean Rock Exterminating follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure your health and safety. We use only products which are registered with the EPA.

Saw Toothed Grain Beetle

Saw toothed grain beetles are small, slender, and flat insects. They have six saw-like teeth around the front of their body.

 

Size: 1/8 of an inch long 
 

Color: Dark brown


Activity/Behavior: These beetles feed on stored products, including flour, bread, breakfast cereals, macaroni, dried fruits, nuts, dried meats, sugar, dog food, and biscuits. They do not fly. They are attracted to light.


Where They Live: Saw toothed grain beetles hide in cracks and crevices and often penetrate poorly sealed packaged foods. Rodenticide is one of their favorite foods, so any rodent traps laid out act as a home for these beetles.


Tips for Control: Emptying all cabinets, shelves, and closets where beetles are thought to exist is the first step. Since they feed on packaged food, make sure that each package is sealed tight. Next, vacuum all of the cleared areas to remove eggs which are stuck to the surfaces and too small to see.


How Sean Rock Exterminating Can Help:  Control of the saw toothed grain beetle takes persistence and experience. Beetles are very resilient and are also hard to find and need to be treated directly. A trained pest control professional can help you to get rid of beetles the most efficient way.


Sean Rock Exterminating follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure your health and safety. We use only products which are registered with the EPA. 

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