For places such as hotels, food processing plants, food warehouses, bakeries, restaurants, farms and anywhere food is stored, the threats from stored product pests never ends. There are numerous pests (SPI’s – Stored Product Insects/Pests) in food that constantly look to infest food manufacturing plants, bakeries and food storage containers, which can be devastating to certain businesses as well as your home. SPI’s can be found in stored food, cereals, dried fruit, nuts, breads and other foods that you store, that can lead to an infestation, if left untreated.

There are many other facilities that fall under the same risk threat holds, like museums, pharmaceutical manufacturing companies, logistics companies and retail stores. AR Commercial Pest Control can eliminate pests in food chain. These stored food pests cost hundreds of millions in lost revenue annually.

There are numerous SPI’s and different species types including:


  • Beetles – Confused Flour Beetle, Saw Toothed Grain Beetle, Cigarette Beetle etc.
  • Fruit Flies
  • Mites
  • Moths – Indian Meal Moths, Mediterranean Flour Moth, Tobacco Moth etc.
  • Weevils – Lesser Grain Weevil, Granary Weevil, Rain Weevil etc.



food-production-pest-controlIt doesn’t take much for any of these pests to grab a foot hold, so if your facility manufactures food for consumers, you run the risk introducing SPI’s down the chain. Left unchecked, these bugs can end up spreading throughout your business and home will cause lack of containment and the costs to eliminate can be overwhelming.

Signs of an Infestation

There are many signs of stored food pests. The most common insects are present, either flying around the food that they are eating or crawling on. You might also see larvae or webbing on the containers since some types of moths and other bugs create webbing as they grow from eggs to larvae to pupae and then into an adult.

If you notice holes in food containers or foods like beans or fruit that’s another good sign you might have an infestation.

Be vigilant and check shelves, racking, floors and cabinets. If you have food spillages you might also find the bugs, larvae and webbing.

Pests in Food Treatments

The types of treatments and methodologies your AR Pest Control professionals have in their arsenal to eliminate these occasional invaders vary depending on the species, seriousness of the infestation, size of the storage area. Traps, baits, sprays and other methods might be implemented, and your AR Pest Control professional should be consulted for the most effective and reliable treatment for pests in food.

Stored Product Insect Prevention

You should always be proactive when it comes to your business and home to help prevent infestations of stored product pests.

These are some ways to be proactive:

  • Sanitation – Always keep your food and product areas clean.
  • Inspect your food storage areas on a regular basis.
  • Keep the temperature around food just right. Insects like it warm.
  • Store food tightly in containers that can be properly sealed.
  • Get rid of garbage around food storage areas.


Your AR Pest Control office has products developed for the control Stored Product Pest.

Due to the difficulty of eliminating these pests and the potential problems associated with any loss of your product, it is advisable to contact an AR Service Representative.

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