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)