What Do Pantry Pests Look Like?
As mentioned before, there are multiple insects in this category, but for now we’ll talk about the most common ones:
The Indian meal moth – these are small moths that have reddish brown forewings, a coppery look on the back side and grey on the front half. They are quite difficult to get rid of and their larvae can destroy a wide variety of foods in the house. They can crawl on ceilings and spin cocoons in other rooms of the home besides the kitchen.
The saw toothed grain beetle – these beetles have a slender, flat and brown body. They are about 1/10-inch-long and have six projections on each side of the thorax that look like teeth. In their case both the larvae and the adults feed on dried food, and they prefer flours, cereals, sweets, dried food or others. And they can even consume pet food, bird seeds and rodent bait.
The cigarette beetle – these are light brown beetle with a size of 1/8 inches. They have smooth wing covers, body hair that makes them look fuzzy and a hump-backed appearance. They got their name because they like to feed on cigars, cigarettes and cured tobacco. But they also like cereals, nuts, pet food or candies. And they may even infest spices such as paprika or chilli powder.