How to Control Grain Beetles
Have you ever had the nightmare experience when you go to your pantry and pull out food or supplies and find it is teeming with bugs? Whether it is dry oatmeal, flour, or a package of crackers and you see way too many small bugs than you would ever want to see! You could already have them on the ceiling hovering near the food supplies lying in wait.
That nightmare has a name – Grain Beetles. Also known as Pantry Bugs, these small insects are divided into two main groups – the Sawtoothed Grain Beetle that cannot fly and the Merchant Grain Beetle that can fly. But it really does not matter which kind you have as the treatment to control them and the destruction they cause is the same for both.
Grain Beetles have a self-explanatory name as they are smallish beetles that love grains. These small brown or reddish pests usually go into the home via the packaging of other food items. You could be the most fastidious housekeeper ever and these irritating pests just show up one day. And it does not take long for them to really settle in and then the population explodes.
These miniature marauders are notorious for being difficult to control for several reasons. chiefly because they set up in food – and you can’t ‘spray’ food with pesticides directly, right? The other reason is that they lay eggs with abandon and already if you get rid of the bugs, the eggs keep behind to hatch and continue the nightmare.
But you CAN control them using the following steps:
• Once you clarify Grain Beetles in your foodstuffs, first and foremost, throw away all affected food articles. They are not salvageable. They are complete of eggs. It is frustrating to throw all that food away, but you must – or forever be dealing with these pests!
• Totally clean out the pantry. That method vacuuming the shelving, wiping it down and making sure you have removed all possible signs of these pests.
• Using liberal applications, spray the pantry, cabinet, storage area, etc. with your favorite all-natural pest control product specifically designed for use around food. Apply the all-natural pest control product for three consecutive days. Make sure it is completely dry between applications.
• If there remains evidence of an infestation, continue applying for 3 additional days.
• Continue three-day intervals until no evidence is seen.
• To prevent future infestations, place/store all grains and carbohydrate-high foods in storage bins, sealable plastic bags, or other impenetrable storage containers. The assistance to storing everything in separate containers is that if you get grain beetles again (or if they aren’t totally controlled), you have now secluded the problem to within one bin instead of the complete pantry being exposed.
• Continue to spray your all-natural pest control product inside the pantry on a regular basis, perhaps once a week or so to continue an inhospitable ecosystem for the Grain Beetle to set up shop.