Everyone gets a few bugs in their kitchen occasionally, and it isn’t a huge deal to see one scamper through the dark.
Bugs can still be a big problem though. They carry disease and reproduce quickly, so it is important to make sure you don’t have more hiding in your food and that you know how to clean up if you do.
What type of bugs are you seeing?
Why are they in the kitchen?
Why are you seeing them at night?
How do I get rid of bugs?
How do I avoid getting bugs at all?
What types of bugs are they?
There are a few types of bugs that you are most likely seeing. These include ants, cockroaches, flies, moths, weevils, and beetles.
The kind you see depends on where you found them or in what type of food. While seeing one isn’t a great cause for concern, it’s best to check for more and ensure you don’t have an infestation.
Moths, weevils and beetles are what are called pantry pests. They are usually found in… you guessed it, the pantry, along with cupboards or any other food storage areas.
They especially love to eat grains, chocolate, spices, and sugary snacks. If you have found an infestation in your box of cereal or bag of flour, they are most likely one of these bugs.
Indian meal moths are the most common of these pantry pests, and their larvae are often found in stored grains.
They look like small white worms, and although small at first, they grow to be fairly big. The larvae also spin threads throughout the food and shed their skin several times.
Weevils are small beetles with an elongated snout. They don’t eat processed foods, so they are often found in whole grains, seeds, and beans.
These critters can chew right through paper and plastic, if you see holes in packaging, this is most likely the bug hiding inside.
Flour beetles are small and enjoy flour and cereals. As they eat, the flour can become discolored and develop a foul odor. These can also eat through paper packaging.
There are two common types of flies. Fruit flies are one of the most common bugs found in kitchens. They are attracted to the smell of ripe fruits and vegetables and can catch a scent from a considerable distance.
Fruit flies lay their eggs near the surface of produce, so just one fly can quickly turn into hundreds, whether a long fly got through the door or the eggs were laid before you even bought the groceries. Even fresh produce from your garden isn’t safe from these flies.
The other common fly is drain flies. They are larger and can often be mistaken for moths. They are mostly found in drains, sinks, unused pipes, and house plants.