Pantry Pest Control


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Insects infesting stored foods such as flour, cereal and other dried goods, is one of the most common household insect problems. The many different kinds of insects that infest dried foods are often called "pantry pests." At Brothers Pest Management we can treat for all these pantry pests. Inspection is key to identify the current issue so the proper products are used to eliminate pantry pests. Removing food from cabinets first then treating the cabinets and placing pantry pest traps for collection are common practices to eliminate pantry pests.

Common Pantry Pests found in Minnesota

Indian Meal Moths

Indian Meal Moth
  • Indianmeal moths may be found inside infested products or flying around homes.
  • The larvae of indianmeal moths are whitish worms with shades of yellow, pink, green or brown and grow to 1/2 inch long.
  • Only the larvae of indianmeal moths feed in stored products, which can be any dry stored food or whole grain.
  • Foods infested with indianmeal moths will have silk webbing present on the surface of the product.
  • Larvae of indianmeal moths often leave the food when mature and may move long distances before spinning a cocoon.
  • It is common to find caterpillars and cocoons on ceilings and walls.
  • Adult indianmeal moths may be seen up to several weeks after the food source has been removed.

Meal Moths

meal moth
  • Meal moths have a wingspan of about 3/4-1 inch.
  • Meal moht forewings have a dark reddish-brown band across the top and bottom of the wings with an olive or yellowish-green band, outlined by wavy white lines in the center.
  • Meal moths abdomen is curved up at a 90-degree angle when at rest.
  • Larvae of meal moths have a black head and whitish body with some orange at the end of the body.
  • Meal moths feed on a variety of flour and grain products and seeds. These moths are not common in homes.

Sawtoothed grain beetles

sawtoothed grain beetles
  • Sawtoothed grain beetles are about 1/10 inch long, slender, flattened, and brownish-red to almost black.
  • Sawtoothed grain beetles are identified by the saw-like teeth on each side of the thorax.
  • Larvae of sawtoothed grain beetles are cream-colored, slender, and about 1/8 inch long.
  • Sawtoothed grain beetles are found in many different food items, including dried fruit, cereals, nuts, dried meat, macaroni and seeds.

Drugstore beetles

drugstore beetle
  • Drugstore beetles are about 1/8 inch long, oval, and brown.
  • The head of a drugstore beetle is bent down giving it a humped appearance.
  • The drugstore beetles fly and can be found around windows.
  • Drugstore beetles feed on dried plant products such as spices, macaroni and other grain based foods, dried flowers, tobacco products and paper products, including books.

Cigarette beetles

cigarette beetle
  • Cigarette beetles are similar to drugstore beetles.
  • Cigarette beetles are 1/8 inch long, oval and brown with a head bent downward.
  • Cigarette beetles fly and are often found around windows.
  • Cigarette beetles feed on a large variety of dried plant products and have a curved body covered with fine hair.


Flour beetles

flour beetle
  • Flour beetles are 3/16 inch long, reddish-brown, and elongate oval.
  • Larvae of flour beetles are cylindrical, whitish, or cream-colored and up to 1/4 inch long and have two small pointed spines on the tail end.
  • Red flour beetles are common in homes and the confused flour beetle is found in flour mills.
  • Flour beetles infest dried food products, such as flour, bran, cereal products, dried fruits, nuts and chocolate.

Warehouse and cabinet beetles

warehouse and cabinet beetle
  • Warehouse and cabinet beetles are elongate oval and 1/8 to 3/16 inch long.
  • Warehouse and cabinet beetles may be solid black or mottled with yellowish-brown markings.
  • Larvae of the warehouse and cabinet beetles are long and narrow, yellowish to dark brown, hairy and grow to about 1/4 inch.
  • Warehouse and cabinet beetles feed on grain products, seeds, dried fruits, animal by-products, skins, fur, hair, and pet food.
  • Warehouse and cabinet beetles also feed on dead insects and animal carcasses.

Spider beetles

spider beetle
  • Spider beetles are reddish-brown, 3/16 inch beetles with long legs and a spider-like appearance.
  • The larvae are C-shaped and whitish.
  • Spider beetle remain in infested material and aren't normally seen.
  • Spider beetles infest a variety of dried plant products.

Granary, rice and maize weevils

  • Granary, rice and maize weevils are slender insects with a snout projecting forward from the head.
  • Granary, rice and maize weevils are dark brown, sometimes with four orange-ish spots on the wing covers, and less than 3/16 inch long.
  • Larvae of granary, rice and maize weevils are white, legless and wrinkled and only found inside whole kernels or seeds.
  • Granary, rice and maize weevils eat only whole grains or seeds, leaving small round exit holes in infested kernels.
  • Granary, rice and maize weevils are rarely found in nuts, dried fruits, macaroni, and milled products such as flour.

Bean weevils

bean weevil
  • Bean weevils are a type of seed beetle.
  • Bean weevils are a mottled light and dark brown, broadly oval and about 1/8 inch long.
  • Bean weevils have short wing covers which expose part of the abdomen.
  • Unlike other weevils, bean weevils do not have a conspicuous snout.

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