Stored food product or pantry pests include several beetles, moths and a mite that can infest whole grains or processed foods. Usually, the first sign of a problem is the appearance of small beetles crawling over counter tops, moths flying across rooms, or caterpillars crawling up walls or across ceilings.
These insects will be seen in several forms of the various life stages. The solution requires finding and destroying all infested products in which these pests have developed, a general cleanup, and use of sealed storage containers to prevent recurring problems.
Insects in the category of pantry pests include the granary weevil, rice weevil and the Angoumois grain moth. Other common pests include the red and confused flour beetles, saw-toothed grain beetles, drugstore beetle, cigarette beetle and Indian meal moth.
Cereals, rice, grains, flours, meals and similar products are often sources of these insects. A much larger number of insects feed on processed grains or broken kernels, or a variety of spices. Other places these insects take up residence are in dried fruits, dry dog food, dried meats, candy bars, drugs, tobacco, and a variety of other products.