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Where do Pantry Moths Come From?

Posted by Rita Stadler

Mar 24, 2017 3:00:00 PM

If you've ever noticed weird clumps in an old bag of flour, webbing along the corners or edges of food packaging, or rice that appears to be moving, you've seen pantry moths.

If you've managed to avoid this unsettling experience, we'll tell you what causes pantry moths, where they come from, and the life cycle stages they go through. 

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Topics: Pest Control, Stay Away Moths

Pantry Moths in Dog Food & Other Pet Food - What to Do

Posted by Lisa Dingeman

Mar 16, 2017 3:00:00 PM

How do moths get in pet food and why are they there?

The moths that you find in pet food, as well as other dry goods and foods, are typically Indian meal moths. These moths and other pantry pests are usually brought into the home through food packages. Most likely, the bag or box of food they came in became contaminated while it was at the factory or warehouse. Spoilage may also happen while sitting on a shelf in an infested environment such as a storage facility or during transportation.

Pantry moths are attracted to dog food and other dry pet food because their eggs can be hidden easily. As soon as the moth eggs hatch into larvae, their feeding stage, the scavengers are right where they need to be – close to a food source.

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Topics: Pest Control, Stay Away Moths

How to Get Rid of Pantry Moths Naturally - Tips & Advice

Posted by Rita Stadler

Mar 9, 2017 7:17:18 AM

Pantry moths are winged insects that cause problems for homeowners and food storage facilities. Indian meal moths are the most common type of pantry moth, but others include:  Angoumois grain moths, Mediterranean flour moths, almond moths, tobacco moths, raisin moths, meal moths, rice moths, and miscellaneous house moths.

 

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Topics: Pest Control

Are Mice Nocturnal? The Sleeping Habits of a Mouse

Posted by Rita Stadler

Feb 24, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Imagine yourself lying in bed at night, just about to fall asleep, when a strange noise catches your attention. Perhaps you tell yourself, “It was just the wind.” But you can’t ignore the series of skittering, scampering, and scratching sounds for long.

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Topics: Rodent Control

What Do Beetles Eat Around Your Home & Outside?

Posted by Lisa Dingeman

Feb 17, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Beetles in your home—what are they and how do they get inside?

There are 350,000 known beetle species in the world (with many more to be discovered!). North America is home to over 25,000 species of beetles. The most commonly spotted of these are the Carpet Beetle, June, May, Leaf, and the Lady Beetle (more commonly known as the Lady Bug).

Carpet beetles, Wood Boring, Long Horned and the Powderpost Beetles are the types of beetles most frequently encountered by homeowners. Although they differ in size, color, and shape, all beetles can be set apart from other bugs and cockroaches by their hard, shell-like wings.

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Topics: Pest Control, Home

Mouse Lifespan: How Long Do Mice Live?

Posted by Rita Stadler

Feb 9, 2017 4:21:34 PM

Have you ever had a mouse in the house?

Although a pet mouse might make an adorable addition to the family, some mice may be more like uninvited houseguests. Before you decide to adopt a pet mouse, or run and hide when you find one running around your home, find out more about the life cycle stages of a mouse.

Mouse life cycle 

Baby mice:  Mice pups are small, roughly the size of a quarter, and only weigh about as much as a sheet of paper. They are blind and sometimes referred to as ‘pinkies’ due to the pink color of their hairless bodies. Unless you find a mouse’s nest, you are unlikely to encounter baby mice.

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Topics: Rodent Control

Different Types of Beetles & How to Identify Them

Posted by Rita Stadler

Feb 2, 2017 4:00:00 PM

What are the Different Types of Beetles?  

What do mysterious pinholes in wood flooring, furniture, or trim; damaged carpets and fabric; and discolored or foul smelling flour have in common? These can all be signs of a beetle infestation.

Beetles are a slightly less common household pest, but when they are present in your home, they can cause significant damage. Find out about the different types of beetles and how to identify them so you can catch a problem before it gets out of control.

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Topics: Pest Control, Stay Away

Can You Tell the Difference Between a Rat and a Mouse?

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jan 19, 2017 5:45:00 PM

Is it a rat or a mouse?

You’ve heard scratching sounds; out of the corner of your eye, you’ve seen something scurrying away; you’ve found little black pellets laying around; or encountered any of the other signs of an infestation. Now you need to know what exactly you are dealing with so you can figure out how to get rid of it.

Recognizing the difference between rats and mice can be tricky, but there are a few tell ‘tail’ signs that will make the job easier. If you’ve actually seen the rodent in question, consider these identifying characteristics:

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Topics: Rodent Control