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Pantry Pests

Pantry pests contaminate more food than they eat, and most people find the contaminated products unfit for consumption. Millions of dollars a year are lost because of pests getting into our food supplies. It’s not just the food that we eat many pests are found in our pets food as well.

Common Types of Pantry Pests






Indian meal moth – Indian meal moth larva are commonly found in dog and cat food and bird seed that you bring home from the pet store. The adult IMM ½” in length gray with bronze wing tips. Commonly found flying in homes. The damage that they create is from its larvae. The adult female is capable of laying 200 – 400 eggs that are laid near a suitable food source. Newly hatched larvae are very small and can penetrate loosely sealed packaging. After feeding they move away from their food source to pupate. From egg to adult takes about 40 – 55 days.





Flour beetle – Two of the most common are the Confused flour beetle and the Red flour beetle. Adult beetles are reddish brown and are very small about 1/8”. Both species have wings but rarely fly. Over a period of 5 – 8 months 300 – 500 eggs can be laid. Both adults and immatures feed on flour.






Warehouse beetle – The Warehouse beetle is the most destructive pest of stored grain products. Often confused with the Carpet beetle because their larval stage look very similar. The Larvae are just under ¼” have long sharp hairs which are irritating to some sensitive people. The adult is brownish in color and about 1/16”. An adult female beetle can lay more than 100 eggs at a time, which will hatch into larvae within seven to 35 days.


If you are having a pantry pest problem in Reno and the surrounding areas, call us today at 775-332-0604

At Truckee Meadows Pest Control, we will continue to protect the public and do whatever it takes to service our customers.  The pest control industry has always been vital to the health and safety of homes and families.  Pest control is essential if staying inside your home for an extended period of time, such as is being recommended for social distancing in order to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

“The professional pest control industry, an essential service, is responsible for the protection of public health, food and property.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(EPA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have prepared a list of significant public health pests, many of which are controlled by the professional pest control industry.  We play a vital role in protecting our nation’s public health and food supply.  Pests can spread diseases such as West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease, salmonellosis, hantavirus and encephalitis.  Stinging insects force half a million people to the emergency room every year.  Cockroach and rodent allergens trigger asthma attacks in children; rodents contaminate or consume about 20% of the world’s food supply and bed bugs can cause allergic reactions.  The importance of the pest control industry to the nation as essential service cannot be understated.”

The best way to combat the spread of diseases brought by unwanted pests starts with prevention.  Tackling the threat before it overruns your home is the best way to stave off the spread of diseases brought on by pests.  As a premier Pest Control Provider, we here at Truckee Meadows Pest Control understand the importance of keeping a barrier of protection and prevention around your loved ones.  We believe in protecting what matters most by working with homeowners and business owners to tackle the problems most threatening to them.  Its our pleasure to serve our customers and community and help ensure that everyone is living their healthiest lives possible.

Truckee Meadows Pest Control is here for you & your family.

With love -Your Friends at Truckee Meadows Pest Control