Holiday Pest Surprises
Here we are in the midst of the holidays and all that baking. Take a good look at your ingredients before you use them. The holidays are a favorite time of year for pantry pests.
Sugar Cookie Sabotage
Flour is one of the most common ingredients in a kitchen. Pests, such as weevils, seem to find their way in suddenly. The truth is that they were already in the flour as eggs and then hatched. Some pantry insects are large and easy to spot. Others may look like someone added pepper to the flour. There is no saving the flour unless you like the taste of weevils. Just toss it and start again. You can prevent the pest eggs from hatching by keeping flour and other staples in the freezer. The colder environment keeps the eggs from hatching.
Dry ingredients of all sorts are prone to pantry pests. Those range from moths to beetles to larger insects such as cockroaches and silverfish. Most people are used to the sight of ants, but they too can become a pantry pest during the holidays.
Cleanliness -Not always a Solution
Pests such as cockroaches may not appear because your kitchen is dirty. They are scavengers and will seek out new spaces to forage for food. A cockroach in your kitchen may simply be a single insect passing through and hopeful for a meal. They are easy to control. Bigger problems occur in areas where there are a lot of cockroaches. That may be one house in a neighborhood or an apartment building. Once the population becomes too large, the cockroaches disperse to find more food.
It is not too late to deal with holiday pests. Give us a call to set up service or ask questions. We are happy to help. We provide comprehensive pest control services to Bryan and College Station.