Flour moths and co. – pests in food
Christmas is over and the last cookie, maybe even eaten. Now we can put the Christmas bakery confidently to next year, ad acta. But those who enjoy baking ingredients only brings in the Christmas season, a scuttling Surprise. Just nuts, dried fruits, and the like pests are at the top of the menu of the Stock. Clumpy flour and Webs, the first signs are.
Where are the pests in the kitchen?
In principle, almost all foods are at risk, only salt, sugar, and pure fats to be spurned. Baking ingredients, which are rarely used and most of the time in dark corners, offering the pests the ideal places to hide, plenty of nutrients and a lot of time to reproduce.
Most of the storage pests are already purchased, but also open to standing around food, leftovers, and rarely emptied the waste bucket, the uninvited guests to entice. Heated homes and damp and warm kitchens are conducive to their activities.
Risk for the health
The baking ingredients occurring pests cause especially Predation. Moulting residues, faeces, fibres, hair or dead animals is not only disgusting, you can also skin irritation and disorders, allergies, the respiratory system, conjunctiva inflammation, and intestinal disorders trigger
Profiles of some of the storage pests: flour mite
The flour mite infests most like flour, cereals fruit, but also dry. The affected products are as of a light layer of dust covered, crumbly, and smell sweet and taste bitter.
Grain Platt beetle
Both the beetle itself, as well as its larvae feed on cereals, nuts, almonds and chocolate. One of the most common pests in the house, can also aufnagen packaging. In the case of infestation of grain is moist and lumpy.
Bread beetles are omnivores, which were in addition to baking, soup cubes, chocolate and pet food, salt dough biscuits, and even chili spice consumed. Is one of the most common pests in the house, flies very well and penetrates into the dwellings. In case of infestation you can see pinhead sized holes in the food.
Rice flour beetles
Rice flour beetle infested grains, seen from the outside, completely normal, but inside is hollow; infests also nuts and dried fruit. In the case of infestation, a musty smell occurs.
The larvae of the flour moth, bracing and pollute flour products, but also almonds, nuts, chocolate and dried fruit. In the case of infection Threads (spiderweb show first similar threads, for example, flour clump together.
Dried fruit moth
The caterpillars of the moth’s life of dried fruit, i.e. raisins, figs and juniper berries. They are also in nuts, almonds, dry fruit and chocolate. In case of an infestation Predation are visible. The caterpillars form, especially prior to pupation, strong Webs.
At the first suspicion of react
The first sign should be the occasion to review all the dry supplies thoroughly. Infested food should be thrown away. In order to prevent the pests from migrating to the again, you can put the infested food for one hour at 80 degrees in the oven. Then, and only then are you in the garbage.
Pests in foods to prevent
Newly purchased products precisely control and in sealable vessels (screw-on jars, cans) and in a cool and dry place. Pantry or storage cabinets awkward to keep clean, and damp wipe, then dry well. The use of chemical pesticides, except bait traps not in the immediate vicinity of food. Who is Lord of the pests so it is not, you should hire a professional exterminator.
Trusted addresses to the German pest control Association.
Information material to order: for More information in the aid book “pests” order no. 78-1075 the aid distribution DVG for € 1.00 plus VAT. Postage and packaging invoice, Tel. 02225 926-146 or -176.
Source: aid infodienst