As the weather cools and we start that inevitable roller coaster ride towards the end of the year, many American families are making their final preparations for the Thanksgiving feast. Thanksgiving marks a splendid occasion to get the family together, but it can be marred by unwanted pests. Make sure your holiday isn’t ruined by uninvited guests.ood.
Common Kitchen Insects
To determine the nature of your infestation, it often helps to do a bit of preliminary identification. There are too many species of insect to do a thorough list, but the following are some of the most common kitchen insects:
Weevils – Commonly found in beans, popcorn, and nuts, weevils feed on the grains in your cabinet while laying their larvae. Doesn’t that put you in the mood for a festive holiday dinner?
Indian meal moths – Very common in both the household and the grocery store, the Indian meal moth is especially attracted to nuts and dry dog food.
Flour beetles – These small insects are primarily interested in flour, but they can expand their diet to include tobacco, cracked grains, dried fruits, spices, and more.
Spider beetles – As disturbing to see as its name would suggest, the spider beetle is characterized by its large, round abdomen and its appetite for cereals, grains, wool, and even hair.
Once you’ve identified an insect infestation in your kitchen, the next step is to take action. The best way to do this is by contacting a professional pest control company to come out and attack the problem systematically. By taking a proactive approach, you can enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday meal without wondering what else you might be eating.