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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

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

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

Dangerous Spiders - Which to Be Careful of in Your Home

Posted by Rita Stadler

Dec 15, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Seeing a spider in your house can be alarming, but is there really cause for concern? 

Most people are afraid of spiders, so when an eight-legged visitor shows up near the bathtub drain or hiding behind the garage door, emotions can run high. While the average house spider is harmless, there are a few types of spiders that are dangerous.

Knowing which spiders are dangerous, and which you don't need to be afraid of can definitely come in handy. If you spot one in your home, being able to identify it and knowing how to remove it could help save you and your family from painful spider bites that could lead to illness.  

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Topics: Pest Control

Moth Control Methods: Repellents vs Mothballs vs Traps

Posted by Lisa Dingeman

Dec 9, 2016 3:00:00 PM

If you’ve ever experienced moths in your home or belongings, you understand how much of a nuisance they can be—not to mention the damage they can cause to your linens and carpets.  If you’ve found little holes in your clothes or patches in your carpets with disappearing fibers, you have probably also found all the signature signs of a moth infestation in your home.

Moth larvae, silken tubes and cocoons will be found wherever moths are bedding and hatching—normally in your clothes. When laying eggs, moths prefer fabrics, especially those that are undisturbed (for example, that wool jacket you shoved in the back of your closet 6 months ago). Female moths can lay up to 50 eggs within 3 weeks and those eggs hatch within 10 days, although they may take a little longer in cooler conditions.

The damage that moths can do to your home and clothing is not something that should be taken lightly. Taking the appropriate measures to remove moths from your home is necessary. Below we compare mothballs vs moth traps vs repellants to help you find which control method would best suit your situation. 

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Topics: Pest Control, Home, Stay Away Moths

The Time I Tried, and Failed, to Get Rid of Ants by Myself

Posted by Rita Stadler

Nov 3, 2016 4:50:00 PM

Hi.

My name is Rita, and I have a problem; an ant problem.

It started out small; there were just a few near the front door. But like most problems, they didn’t go away on their own. Ignoring them didn’t help. Day after day, the problem persisted. Being an optimist, and armed with a substantial knowledge of household pests and how to get rid of them, I thought it was nothing I couldn’t handle.

I was wrong.

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Topics: Pest Control, Stay Away