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There are many different species of insects that are considered stored product pests

Each year stored product pests damage a tremendous quantity of grains and processed foods. Commercial facilities who process such foods have a major task when it comes to watching their supplies for any signs of these stored product pests. Quickly these pests can ruin your inventory and cost your business a lot of money which makes strict pest control methods necessary.

Of all the industries serviced by Sprague Pest Solutions professionals, the following are the industries most affected by stored product pests:

  • grocery stores

  • mills

  • food processing facilities

  • bulk storage facilities

It is based on the feeding habits of the stored product pests as to which category they are classified in. Depending on the type of industry and what they do in regards to grains and processed foods, there are different pests that are most likely to infest each particular type of facility. Here are the classifications of stored product pests:

Internal feeders - Insects such as the Lesser Grain Borers, Maize Weevils, Rice Weevils, Granary Weevils, and Angoumois Grain Moths who feed on whole, intact grain kernels as well as processed foods like pastas and whole grains.

External feeders - Includes Cigarette Beetles, Drugstore Beetles, and Dermestid Beetles who feed on broken or damaged grains because they cannot penetrate the seed of whole grains.

Scavengers - This group includes Sawtooth Grain Beetles, Merchant Grain Beetles, Red Flour Beetles, Confused Flour Beetles, Red Legged Ham Beetles, Sap Beetles, and Indian Meal Moths. These stored product pests feed on damaged grains and processed grains as well as non-grain based processed foods.

Secondary feeders - In this group are Mealworms, Psocids, Fungus Beetles, Spider Beetles, Flat Grain Beetles, Foreign Grain Beetles, and Grain Mites. These particular feeders feed on the old, moldy grains as well as processed foods. Moisture and mold problems are indicated by the presence of these pests.

Clearly, with the large number of stored product pests as well as their specialities in finding just about any type of grain or processed food, it leaves quite a challenge for many industries. Pest management becomes of the utmost importance to help facilities control their inventory and avoid the contamination of foods and grains from stored product pests.

For facilities in Sprague’s service area including Seattle, Salt Lake City, and Portland, if you are concerned about the control of stored product pests then please contact us today! Our trained technicians are ready to help your business get rid of stored product pests by developing a customized pest management strategy for your particular business.