Thanksgiving is almost here. For many of us, that means home baking with delicious aromas filling the air. However, the comforting activity of Thanksgiving baking can quickly become a stomach churning endeavor when you take out the flour or cookie mixes and notice teeny tiny little bugs living it up inside your primary ingredient. These tiny beetles are known as “flour beetles”. Despite your best attempts to maintain a pest-free home, these little critters are known to sneak their way into mixes and flour long before you bring it home from the store.
Although it’s a nasty thought, it is not uncommon for these pests to lay eggs in packaged mixes while still at the manufacturing facility or during its journey to your grocery store, which is why you may notice them months after purchasing. They can also chew holes through paper or find their way in through any tiny opening. While it may be alarming once discovered, it is best to dispose of any ingredients that have become harborage for these insects.
Storing flour and mixes in the freezer can help keep your baked goods Pest Free! If you need help keeping pests out of your home before the holiday visitors arrive, call 1-800-532-5266 to arrange your free pest analysis and customized plan.