how to get rid of insects

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how to get rid of insects

Postprzez khadamat22 » poniedziałek, 23 lis 2020, 22:57

These are small beetles, moths, and worm-like creatures that are commonly found in stored food items such as flour, pasta, biscuits, grains, candy, nuts, spices, rice, beans, dried pet food, dried fruits, etc. The worm-like creatures are larvae (immature stages) of beetles and mites. Many of these pests are pictured in the Dodson Insect ID Handbook elsewhere on this site.

These pests are usually brought home in grocery store food. However, many of them successfully live in open spaces, especially in agricultural areas, and some are associated with nests of birds or dead insects, and some are associated with mold.
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The larvae of the Indian flour moth in the United States, the Indian flour moth (scientific name is Plodia interpunctella) is the most common of the stored product pests found in homes, grocery stores, and wherever dried pet food, including bird seed, is produced or stored. Due to the warm conditions, it only takes about 25 days for eggs to hatch, to fully mature larvae and pupae, and for adults to emerge. Ripe caterpillars leave the food source and roam to find a suitable location for the pupae, and in the process often cause concern because they are mistaken for clothing moth larvae.

The beetle of greatest interest is the warehouse beetle (the scientific name is Trogoderma variabile). The problem here is that the caterpillars are covered in hundreds of sharp hairs. If the larvae and / or larvae fallen skins are not detected in grains or other foods eaten, severe gastrointestinal problems may result, especially in infants. Warehouse beetles are common outdoors and readily feed on dead insects such as those on window sills and along baseboards, hence the adult move to lay their eggs in available stored food.

Warehouse beetle

So what can be done to help prevent injury? This consists of doing the following:

Careful examination of all foodstuffs for human, pet and / or bird consumption brought home for pests of stored products.
Do this first when selecting the item at the grocery or supply store, and then again once you bring it home before storing it away.
At home, you can empty the contents of any suspect package / box into one thin layer at a time on a white enameled tray to look for pests.
Place each food package in an airtight plastic bag or container, or empty the contents into a screw-on container or Ziploc bag.
For added prevention, store these containers in the refrigerator; The cold will significantly delay / stop the development of these pests.
Housekeeping or sanitation.
Practice correct rotation of material / product or FIFO (first out / use first).
Promptly remove all spilled food, especially cracks and crevices. The vacuum cleaner works well with the tip of the crack and the crevices.
Throw out any item that is more than a month old than its expiration date, unless it has been stored in the freezer or refrigerator.
What can / should you do if you find food items infested?

You have 3 options:

Obviously, you can throw the entire bag or box away, and be sure to do so if the product is severely infested. Seal in a plastic bag and place the bag in an outdoor trash can.
For lightly infested food, place the bag in the freezer (not the self-thawing type) for 4 days at 0 ° F to eliminate pests. If the product is dried bird seed or pet food, remove the seeds / pellets as needed and feed them to the animals. They won't mind extra protein and crunch.
For slightly infested food items, but not recommended for high-fat items such as pet dried foods / foods, spread the food (no more than 1/2 ″ in the depth) over a shallow metal / glass bowl and place in a 125 ° F oven and heat for 30 minutes Accurate. Once cool, place it in a Ziploc bag and refrigerate until needed.
If the affected food is fine flour or any other ground material, be sure to sift it before use. Visually inspect other items such as crackers before storage or use and eliminate any pests present.

What to do if you find beetles or small mites elsewhere than in the stockroom?

Many pests of stored products feed on a variety of organic matter. These items include decorations (Indian corn stored out of season), jewelry or decorations made from the seeds, dead insects in light fixtures or windows, nuts in a bowl in the family room, etc.
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