November 15, 2018


A variety of critters fit into the category of pantry pests including beetles,ants,earwigs,weevils and pillbugs, , but the most common species are the Indianmeal moth and merchant grain beetle.

Have you ever walked into your kitchen to find you have been invaded by moths? Your first reaction may have been who left a window or door open? After the initial shock wears off you realize that it’s January which means its cold outside, and there is no reason to leave a door or window open. So where exactly are they coming from?

What is a Pantry Pest?

Indian Meal Moths are a pantry pest. Pantry pest is the name given to a group of pests who infest stored products including grains, baking supplies, packaged foods, bird seed and even pet food. Some common pantry pests are:

  • Indian Meal Moths
  • Sawtooth Grain Beetle
  • Drugstore Beetle
  • Cigarette Beetle

Fortunately, none of these pests pose serious health or property threats, however, they can become major nuisances to homeowners due to their quick ability to infest an area in a short amount of time

Where did They Come From?
Common ways to acquire a pantry pest infestation:

  • Buying contaminated food from the grocery store
  • Allowing food to sit for long periods of time
  • Not cleaning up spilled food in your pantry or cupboards
  • Leaving pet food or bird seed outside and then bringing it inside