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What Are ‘Pantry Pests’ and Why Do You Get Them?

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What are ‘pantry pests’ and why do you get them?

Pantry pests, also known as “Stored Product Pests”, are a group of insects with an appetite for dried and processed food products that are stored in homes and restaurants. Products that can be infected will include: flours, cereal, dry pasta, dry pet food, powdered milk,  crackers, spices, bread, bird seed, dried nuts and more. These include mites, beetles and moths.

What are 'pantry pests' and why do you get them?

Stored product pests

Flour mites, beetles and moths damage to food products is noticeable by a discolouration of flour, small holes in packages of grains, flour and grain.

If you spot anything like this, it’s essential that you inspect your cupboards or pantry and the food inside. Infested foodstuffs must be destroyed and the cupboards cleaning prior to any treatment. In all cases the rooms will have to be sprayed so anything that could be damaged by a fine mist of water needs removing or covering. All pets must be out of the rooms treated. The areas to be treated must be clean, dust and grease free. Insecticides will only work on clean surfaces.


The infested and surrounding areas will be treated with one or more residual insecticides. All insecticides used are biodegradable, almost odourless, non tainting and they do not corrode or stain. They are not highly toxic towards mammals but are extremely so to all forms of crawling and flying public health pests.


PESTUK are full members of the BPCA, the governing body for pest control in the UK. Using a BPCA member company ensures you have a qualified, fully insured company treating your pest problem.

PESTUK have offices in BalhamOxfordGuildfordEnfield, Potters Bar, Reading,  SheppertonWantage,  SalisburySt Albans, Stevenage and Ware.

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