Understanding Garden Pest Control

I still remember when I planted my first garden. I was so excited to get started that I completely overlooked the massive pest problem brewing in my yard. Unfortunately, as soon as I planted my crops, I was confronted with the harsh realities of pests munching through all of my veggies. It was devastating, but I knew that I needed to make things right. I decided to contact a professional exterminator to see if he could help. He came out, checked out the pests that were plaguing the area, and treated the earth with the right pesticides. I made this website to help you to understand garden pest control, so that you can reap your harvest.

Keeping Your Kitchen Pest-Free

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Your kitchen is one of the most used rooms in your home. You want to keep it clean in order to prepare foods properly for your family. Unfortunately, pests don't always stay away from the room that you need clean the most. In fact, your kitchen is a magnet for certain pests. There are specific products that are stored in most pantries and cabinets that attract pests. Anytime you store food in a place, you are much more likely to find pests and rodents around. In an effort to keep your stored ingredients in good shape, you need to know what pests to look for and how to prevent them from getting in your pantry to start with. Here are some pests to look for and where you can find pests in the pantry. 

Indian Meal Moths

Indian meal moths are one of the most common pests found in kitchens all over the United States. These moths find homes in your stored food products. While the adult moths do not actually feed off your foods, they will lay eggs in them. The larvae are the ones that can actually cause damage. They have a tendency to feed off your foods and leave skin, feces, and other types of debris behind. They are attracted to grains stored in your kitchen like flour, cornmeal, rice, and more. 

The key to keeping Indian moth meals out of your home is through prevention. You want to keep stored foods properly sealed so that pests cannot get into them. If there is a spill, you want to make sure you clean it up right away. Additionally, you want to use a first in, first out system when using stored food products. When you buy new grain products, it is important to use up the old products first. Should you find Indian meal moths in your stored foods, there pest control strategies you can use. Storing the contaminated food in the freezer for 4 to 7 days at zero degrees can kill the moths. 

Merchant Grain Beetles

Another common pest found in kitchens across homes in America include the merchant grain beetle. Unlike Indian meal moths, the merchant grain beetle will feed off the food in your kitchen. Not only that, they also hibernate and reproduce in the stored foods. This type of beetle contains saw teeth on each of its side. Because of their shape, they are able to quickly burrow into the food. These beetles prefer chocolate, cake mixes, cereals, and even macaroni. 

In an effort to keep Merchant grain beetles away from your cabinets and pantries, you can add a bay leaf to your packages to help repel these pests. You also want to keep your packages in sealed tight containers so that the beetles are not able to get into them. 

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22 October 2015