Pests are commonly found in stored food products. If you leave any foods in an open space it covers a huge number of pests. They can infest various kinds of stored food products like wheat, grains, rice, nuts, seeds, dry fruits, cereals.
The pests in the stored foods create health issues in both houses and in business-like bakeries, restaurants, food product stores. So, it ends in the economic loss for the food business persons.
Due to the tiny size, identifying the pests are sometimes at risk and it creates a large number of business loss and also it causes damage to the machinery items.
Major losses in Food Storage
Contamination of a large number of stored foods results in the loss of value stocks.
Cause damage to machinery items due to the build-up of food products, mostly in the baking industry
Grain warming— pests affect the stored grains and produce moisture and it ends in the mold growth, it entirely affects the germination process.
How to find the pests in food
It’s a difficult process to find the pests in your cabinets due to its size. Once it comes into your food products it entirely damages the whole foods stored in your place. In case the pest affects foods in your home, we can throw out the stored food like flour or sugar but when comes to business it causes the big financial loss for the damaged food products.
Common signs of pests in food
Here is the list of early signs of pests in the stored food products, which include, live or dead insects, the foundation of larvae or pupae, webbing. Cracks around the food shelves and webbing outside the bags or packets of food products
Infestation on machinery products like rodents and webbing of roaches or spiders.
You can identify with the smell of pests arises on the cabinet sides while crossing
Types of food that attracts pests
You can easily find the pests on these kinds of stored products
- Grains stored over the month
- Dry fruits and nuts
- Millets and cereal products
- Cheese and dairy products
- Meat and any other dried products
- Dry ginger, cucumber, and some vegetables
Pest prevention methods in stored Products
The pests infest your stored food products mostly during the cold temperatures, here we listed some preventative methods to get rid of these pests from your food products.
Temperature control – Always maintain the temperature for stored products or below 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
Maintain the high standards of sanitation and housekeeping. Clean up all the unwanted food materials and storage products.
Keep the stocked food products away from the moisture areas and the walls.
Keep raw materials in proper packaging – Keep all your raw materials for food in proper packaging, in an airtight container-
Fit the insect control screens or screen doors – to ensure that all your food products are maintained in proper condition.
Waste management – ensure to clean all processed food and don’t mix any wasted food products with newly boughed products. If you found any pest in a small portion of foods, immediately clear out all the storage foods to avoid the term of spreading.
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