Stored Product Pests

Stored Product Pests

Stored product insects are insects which infest stored foods, and are one of the most common household pest problems. They are often referred to as “pantry pests” as they infest stored dried foods.

Nearly all dried food products are susceptible to insect infestation, including cereal products (flour, cake mix, cornmeal, rice, spaghetti, crackers, and cookies); seeds such as dried beans and popcorn, nuts, chocolate, raisins and other dried fruits, spices, powdered milk, tea, and cured meats.

Non-food items that may be infested include bird seed, dry pet food, ornamental seed and dried plant displays, ornamental corn, dried flowers, garden seeds, potpourri, and rodent baits.

Stored product pests are most likely to infest products that have been left open, but are also capable of penetrating unopened packaging. They may chew their way into packages or crawl in through folds and seams. Insects within an infested package begin multiplying and can spread to other stored foods not only in the same area but in other rooms in a home.

A stored food product can become infested anywhere during the process from production until it arrives in your home. However, stored food is most likely to become infested in stores or in homes.

How to Tell If You Have a Stored Product Pest Infestation

There are several ways you may become aware of a stored product infestation. If you find small beetles in susceptible food products, that is a sure sign of a problem. It is also common to find stored product pests in cupboards.

You may find Indian meal moths flying around kitchens and other rooms. You also may find the larval stage and/or silk webbing along the cornices of the ceiling or in corners of cupboards or under shelves.

We recommend storing all foods in air-tight containers, and when you purchase a new product, inspecting it for silk webbing and frass. Ensure that the packaging is air tight (squeeze the packet).

There’s nothing more off-putting than pests in the food you eat! Get professional Pest Control in Melbourne to treat for stored product pests now.

stored product pest

Call us today on (03) 9222 2266 or Request a Call Back and speak with one of our customer service team members to answer any questions and arrange the treatment.

Why Choose Dawson’s Australia


Your home is your most important asset – keep it protected! With over 60 years of experience in the industry, you’re in safe hands with Dawson’s Australia.


All treatments are carried out by professional, licensed pest services technicians. We always adhere to Australian standards and use only the highest quality products to ensure your pest problem is treated thoroughly.


Our professional pest technicians are trained not only to treat the pest problem but also to look at the root cause. They will take the time to understand your concerns and provide feedback and recommendations on how to minimise pests in and around the property.


All of our professionally trained and experienced technicians take the utmost care when carrying out treatment at your home or business and will work with your family to accommodate any needs.

We Offer Same Day Service to All Suburbs for All Pests


Request a Quote


Request a Quote Now!

We offer quick same day service!


Request a Call Back

Have an enquiry? Leave us your details and we’ll call you back during business hours.

Google Rating
Based on 1421 reviews