Insect Pests of Stored Foods

Encyclopedia Article

Overview of insect pests of stored foods

Insects infesting stored foods are one of the most common household insect problems. The many different kinds of insects that invade stored dried foods are often referred to as pantry pests. They contaminate more food than they consume, and most people find the contaminated products unfit for consumption. Pantry pests are often discovered when they leave an infested food to crawl or fly about the house. They often accumulate in pots, pans or dishes or on window sills. Fortunately, they do not bite or sting people or pets nor do they feed on or damage the house structure or contents.

For the rest of this article, please see the handout titled Insect Pests of Stored Foods from Iowa State University Extension.