Identifying Stored Product Insects
There are many species of Stored Product Insects, but the most common are:
- Indian Meal Moth (Plodia interpunctella)
- Cigarette Beetle (Lasioderma serricorne)
- Red Flour Beetle (Tribolium castaneum)
- Lesser Grain Borer (Rhyzopertha dominica)
They are typically attracted to dried and stored goods of plant and animal origin, such as cereals, milk powder, ropes, tobacco, and dried fruit. They can be distinguished by their colour and their size, which ranges from 1 to 9 mm in length.
How do you know you have an infestation?
You will find:
- Live Stored Product Insects, usually found in goods
- Silk, frass, cast skins, pupal cases
- Dead Insects in the goods
What can you do to prevent an infestation?
Make sure that the food you buy is not contaminated with Stored Product Insects by thoroughly checking the item. You can also make sure you purchase goods from a distributer or manufacturer with stringent food quality standards.
How can we help you?
As Pest Management Professionals, we will determine the source of infestation. In most cases we would recommend the immediate disposal of the infested goods before they cross-infest other products. A residual spray around the area will minimise cross-infestation. Pheromone traps can also be installed to attract these insects and to monitor the situation.