Pests in Your Food?

No one likes to find pests in the pantry or kitchen, especially when they are found inside your food! A variety of insect and animal pests can infest and contaminate flours, grains, dry beans, pastas, dried herbs, dried fruit, and even chocolate!

Earlier this month, UC IPM's Urban Program hosted a webinar to discuss these pantry pests and how you can prevent and control them in your home. Watch the recording on the UC IPM YouTube channel or see the fact sheet Pest Notes: Pantry Pests for more information on the moths, beetles, and weevils you may find in the pantry and kitchen. To learn more about other pests that may also become a problem in food storage and preparation areas, such as ants, cockroaches, or rats, see the UC IPM household pests page.  

Be sure to check out the rest of the UC IPM webinars planned for 2023 and register for these free, educational events!

By Lauren Fordyce
Author - Urban and Community IPM Educator