Dean Stanbridge, Direct Line Sales Stored Product Pests – A Great Source of Revenue

Posted: January 8, 2014 in New York Pest Expo
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Dean SpeakingFirst, we really need to thank Dean for coming all the way down from Canada to participate in the New York Pest Expo this year. He is always a great technical resource with fresh material to share.  His message: Stored product pests (SPPs) are on the rise; adding this service to your residential and commercial accounts can lead to a significant new source of growth for your company.

With the growth in global commerce, reduction of pesticide use, and an increase in organic approaches, SPPs have rebounded and are posing a significant challenge to Pest Management Professionals (PMPs). The food supply has been affected and people are increasingly concerned when they find evidence of these critters in their pantry.  Imagine finding SPP larvae in your Twix bar. Dean did! Even with his pest management background he was still grossed out. If love handles weren’t enough of an incentive to stop eating junk food, the larvae certainly did it.

There are various types of pantry pests. In general terms, there are internal and external feeders, scavengers and secondary pests. The key to success is proper species identification. First, you must have the right tools: A reference book, a magnifier, flashlight, screw drivers, knee guards and a spatula. Check with the Bug Off Pest Control Center team for all the right equipment.

Things to look in your initial assessment are larvae, adults, webbing, type of damage and type of food material being consumed. You’ll be able to determine if you’re dealing with a moth (Indian Meal Moth, Grain Moth, Mediterranean Flour Moth); or a beetle (Weevils, Drugstore Beetle, Cigarette Beetle, Grain Beetle, Confused Flour Beetle, Red Flour Beetle, Spider Beetle, Carpet Beetle, among others).

Control methods include physical (heat and cold), mechanical (light traps, vacuums, pheromone traps) and chemical (fumigation, space treatments, residual applications). First and foremost, identify the source, discard infested materials, store food items properly and sanitize the area.

Keep an eye out for our upcoming training programs where we deal with stored product pests in deep detail.

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