There are many types of kitchen bugs that occasionally invade
your kitchen, pantry or cupboards.
Most of which are harmless, but none of which are welcome. Bad
enough in your house even worse in your food !
. They are
all commonly referred to as pantry bugs, but there are many different
types. The insects that infest our foods, are called stored product pests.
Some are in a moth form and some are in a beetle or weevil form. Pantry Beetles are unknowingly brought in the home and not detected until you see these beetles near a food source. If it were a pantry moth, you would see a moth like insect flying. It is easy to identify the difference between the two adults, but the larvae is a little more difficult to identify.
Pink Caterpillars, white caterpillars in kitchen
Pink or white caterpillars/worms on the walls and ceiling are a sure sign of a bug problem in your food.
There are a huge variety of stored product pests known as pantry beetles or pantry weevils.
The Confused Flour Beetle, Red Flour Beetle, Cigarette Beetle, Drugstore Beetle,
Saw-tooth Beetle, Merchant Grain Beetle, Flour Bug. These beetles feed on a wide range of food products, including pet foods, cereals, cookies, candy, nuts, dried legumes, pastas, spices, potato chips,
crackers, dead insects and even dead animals. The lesser grain borer, the bean weevil, the granary weevil and the rice weevils feed mostly on whole grains and seeds. The weevils are less likely to feed on cereals and grains, unless it has become caked and
hardened. The control and management is similar for both pantry beetles or the pantry
weevils, but it is important that you know what pest you have, before
any treatment begins.