Food Items Conducive to Infestation by Stored Product Pests

Stored product pests vary widely in their food preferences.

A partial list of edible food items susceptible to infestation include the following:

  • breakfast foods (especially hot and cold cereals)
  • flour
  • cake mix
  • cookies
  • cornmeal
  • grits
  • dry soups
  • dried herbs and spices
  • candy
  • chocolate
  • rice
  • dried fruits and vegetables
  • popped and unpopped popcorn
  • peas, beans and corn kernels
  • nuts and seeds (of all kinds of plants)
  • crackers, shelled peanuts and unshelled peanuts
  • powdered milk and protein (e.g., meat and chicken flavorings)
  • biscuit mix
  • pasta

Nonconsumable items that are potential food sources for stored product pests include the following:

  • dried flower arrangements (such as potpourri)
  • rodent baits
  • bird seed
  • dry pet food
  • animal products made into treats (e.g., rawhides)
  • dog bones and related treats
  • dried fish and fishmeal
  • cigars and other tobacco products
  • decorative wall and table arrangements containing plant or animal material
  • dried fruit peels
  • jewelry or holiday decorations containing nuts or seeds (especially corn kernels)
  • bean bags
  • doorstops filled with beans, corn or rice
  • stashes of food (mainly seeds) stockpiled by birds and rodents in wall voids, attics, crawl spaces and chimneys
  • school art work made with food products
The original authors of this content are Daniel R. Suiter, Michael D. Toews and Lisa M. Ames.
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