Pantry Pests

Most people have no idea that they have pantry pests until they start coming out of their stored food products. People encounter three common pantry pests: the Indian Meal Moth, Weevils, and the Cigarette Beetle.

Treatment for pantry pests can be a hassle. All the stored food products need to be sifted through and examined. The cabinets need to be thoroughly cleaned out so pesticides can be applied. After application, it must be cleaned up and sanitized. For more information on this process, please call Eric The Bug Guy.

Indian Meal Moth

Size: 3/4 Inch
Color: Bronze, off-white and brown
Location Found: Stored Food Products


Indian Meal Moths are probably the most common pantry pest found in kitchens and pantries. Since they feed on any items containing grain or cereal products, the Indian Meal Moth is responsible for most of the insect problems associated with the natural food industry. Indian meal moths have a wingspan of about 3/4″ when at rest, the wings are folded together-held tightly together by the body. Their wings are a blend of two colors: the front half of the wings are colored pale grey, pale tan, while the bottom half of the wings has a rust-bronze color.


Weevils are small insects – about 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch long. They are primarily brown to black and can have spots on their thorax and abdomen. Weevils can eat just about anything in the home. More common foodstuffs that they like include seeds of all types, dried beans, cotton, nuts, cereal, any wheat product, corn, flour, pasta, bread, and other grain products found in the home.


Typically, Cigarette Beetles infest stored tobacco products. However, the list of foods that they will snack on while in larval form is almost endless. The Cigarette Beetle is about 1/8″ in length and shiny reddish or yellowish-brown in color. Antennae are serrated, and larvae are creamy-white with a brown head.

can treat your home or office’s current pantry pests problems and help prevent future ant invasions.