Stored Product Insect Pest Control

How can you spot a Stored Product Insect problem in your business?

Import and export laws to different countries are very complex and stringent so as to limit/attempt to eradicate the transference of stored product pests: whether it is Beetles (Coleoptera), Moth (Lepidoptera), Booklice (Psocoptera) or Mite (Acarina), due to the potentially catastrophic detrimental effect they can have on such a wide variety of food products.

The range of commodities that may be affected is quite extensive: cheese, tobacco, wheat, rice, peas, beans, currants, nuts and coffee – in fact nearly all types of cereals, dried fruits, spices, pulses and all processed foods made from this extensive list.

These pest insects have the ability to survive for long periods on small sediment left behind after cleaning, or enclosed within the cracks and crevices in buildings and packaging.

We advised that identification and treatment of stored product pests is always be left to the Prokill pest technicians, as rapid multiplication to epidemic levels is possible within a very short period of time.

  • Insects – whether dead or alive
  • Damaged goods holes in grains, typically left by moths
  • Infestation by beetles or mites have a taint smell
  • Tracks, left by beetles – double row of footprints, Larvae – solid line, Moth – footprints.
  • Flying moths
  • Beige-coloured mite dust

Seen these signs? Contact your local Prokill expert online or call 053 9420224.

Indian Meal Moth
(Plodia Interpunctella)

The Indian meal moth lives for much longer at lower temperatures or when feeding on low nutrition foods, typically feeding on nuts, dried fruit and grain (maize).

Tropical Warehouse Moth
(Ephestia Cautella)

The tropical warehouse moth is primarily a pest of stored cereal, nuts, dried fruit, rarely feeds on animal products or tobacco. Only the larvae feeds.

Mill Moth
(Ephestia Kuehniella)

Characterised by the zig-zag patern across the wings, a pest linked mainly with flour, as it rarely feeds on any other products.

Confused Flour Beetle
(Tribolium Confusum)

Confused flour beetles prefer clean flour, which they feed on and pupating in – they can also be found in cereal products

Biscuit Beetle
(Stegobium Paniceum)

The Biscuit Beetle has a humped thorax and a body covered in fine hairs, the adult has the ability to bore into hard surfaces.

Rice Weevil
(Sitophilus Oryzae)

Feeding on grain and seeds, Rice Weevil larvae are usually hidden within the product, newly emerged adults leave an identifiable emergence hole in the product.

Get Rid of Stored Product Insects

For food-handling businesses, SPI’s can be a serious problem. It is crucial that you react fast and are supported by expert pest control technicians.

Comprehensive SPI Control for Businesses

Prokill Technicians have extensive experience in treating gull infestations across the nation. Using a verity of methods including protective netting and preventative bird spike systems, our local teams can provide your business with the appropriate bird-proofing solution.

Local Branch
“Prokill are professional trained people who take care of all our pest control on 3 sites. We value them giving us an excellent service, nothing is too much trouble available 24/7. Their record keeping is second to none and have never had a non- conformance from any audit on site from their paperwork. Excellent job look forward to our continued professional working relationship.”
Annette Gould, Laboratory Manager
“Very professional pest service company. Conscientious, meticulous and diligent in their approach, incredibly reliable and consistently providing an excellent level of service upon each visit to large manufacturing sites”
Casey Higgins, Technical Compliance Manager

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