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Pests of food commence causing problems at the sites of production on farms, and there is continual exposure through silos, mills, food processing and manufacturing plants, storage facilities, bakeries, shops, restaurants and homes. Specialised protection and control processes are usually required at each site.
Following the purchase of a variety of stored food types, pests can be brought into the home within infested products. Many foods used in the home have their origin in various grains, such as maize, wheat, oats and rice and these may be attacked by many different food pests. Because many pests of grain such as rice pass most of their life cycles within the individual grains, their presence is often not detected until the adults emerge.
FOOD MOTHS – What to do
The most often encountered pests of stored products are beetles, moths and their larvae.
Some of the insects which infest food are the drugstore beetle, cigarette beetle, lesser grain borer, rice weevil, granary weevil, hide beetle, saw-tooth grain beetle, yellow meal-worm, Angoumois grain moth, Mediterranean flour moth and Indian meal moth.
When seeking more information on the habits and control of stored product pests, the identification of the insect is an important first step.