Kitchen and Pantry Pests


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Ants are one of the most common pests in and around homes in the north central states.
Ants are sometimes mistaken for winged termites that are commonly called swarmers. Ants differ from termites by having a narrow, constricted waist, elbowed (bent) antennae, and hind wings shorter than front wings. Ants are commonly seen in the open, as are winged termites when they swarm. But termite workers, which are creamy white and wingless, avoid light and are rarely seen unless disturbed.

Remove infested grain, cereal or flour and destroy it. Remove other food and food stuffs from the area to be sprayed. Spray directly on any exposed insects, into cracks, crevices, and other hiding areas, under appliances, moist areas, and openings around pipes and sinks. Allow spray to dry, then cover shelves and drawers with shelf paper. Wash any utensils that may have been sprayed.

Note: Alternating between two or more different products will help prevent the possibility of insects building a resistance to any one product.