Stored Product Insects Pest Control Kent
Quick guide to our stored product insects treatment service
Stored Product Insects (SPI) are found in business and domestic premises, usually where there is food stored. They are typically beetles, moths, and mites. Contact us free today on 0800 013 0181 for a no-obligation review of your pest problem.
Where they come from
Stored Product Insects (SPI) can come from and infest both commercial and domestic properties.
These insects often come from food products, including right from the factory, if it has been processed. They may also come from seeds and herbs from the domestic garden or other natural products we store in our homes.
Stored Product Insects are any insect which infest stored food, whether in the raw material state or processed. They can be divided into three forms: Beetles, Moths and Mites. Within these three forms there are many families of SPI, shown in the list below …
Flour Beetle, Sawtooth Grain and Merchant Grain Beetle, Rice and Grain Weevil, Indian Meal Moth, Warehouse Moth, Mites, Yellow Mealworm Beetle, Wine Moth, Australian Spider Beetle, Golden Spider Beetle, Biscuit or Drugstore Beetle, Cigarette Beetle, Spider Beetle, Biscuit or Drugstore Beetle, Cigarette Beetle, Larder Beetle.
Identifying a problem
Stored Product Insect pests can either be detected feeding and harboring in food trapped within the fabric of a premises or within spillage in dead spaces inside machinery itself.
- It may be possible to see dead or live insects, or fragments, flying moths or moth excreta.
- Damaged goods (e.g. holes), are common.
- Moths and grain weevils leave the grain as hollow shells.
- There is often a smell given off by taint from infestation of beetles or mites.
- Look out for a double row of footprints left by beetles in their tracks. Larvae will leave a solid line where it has dragged itself along. Moths will have footprints including wing marks.
- Where food materials rest inside equipment, this is generally where infestation will be found.
All stored items should be searched for signs of infestation. Check unopened products as they will be just as vulnerable. It is advisable to look in kitchen cupboards, pantry and cabinets, or wherever you store food products. Common products to find SPI would be cake mixes, spices, rice jars, biscuits, and wheat cracker boxes. One by one, check methodically a handful at a time. Search through all open products first.
Our Assessment, Treatment and Guarantee
You may be able to treat the problem yourself without the need for our services, particularly in the home. These points are useful to follow initially:
In every cabinet where you have found evidence of the insects, clear out the cabinets entirely, use a strong vacuum paying special attention to the cracks and crevices. It is most important to vacuum underneath the shelves, as both larvae and adults will hide in and under these areas. Good housekeeping and thorough vacuuming once a problem is spotted can make or break the job. If you do a good job, you won’t need to use any insecticide whatsoever.
If after all your efforts there is still evidence of an infestation, which is confirmed by us through undertaking a free survey for you, Arrowguard can provide a treatment involving the dissemination of a residual insecticide onto and around the areas affected. If you do decide to use our professional service, please be advised to save a sample insect for our team to identify.
Because every treatment carried out is different to individual circumstances, a survey by our technician would be required. This is at no cost and you are under no obligation to commit to the fee quoted.
On every treatment to destroy these pests we provide our clients with the relevant health and safety information. Arrowguard staff are fully trained, registered and licensed to use all chemicals and materials.
Arrowguard understand the habits of pest species and use that knowledge to choose the proper control methods and materials and to develop an effective control program. We are clear in the knowledge that your time is precious and we have respect for businesses, you, your home, your family and your time. Arrowguard operates the highest levels of safety when dealing with your family and pets.
Testimonials From Our Customers
Identification, Inspection and Treatment of Powder Post Beetle
Please find enclosed a cheque for the agreed amount with our best wishes.
Thank you again for sorting this problem out. Your prompt attention has been greatly appreciated and we would not hesitate to recommend your services in the future.
Sue Parry – Executive Office – Marks & Spencer
We have had the services of Arrowguard for a number of years and we have been very happy. We found what we perceived to be stored product insects in the crates around the loading bays by the dock. Arrowguard were advised of the problem and were called immediately to the premises. An identification and inspection was carried out there and then and a synopsis made. We were thankfully advised of no infestation of SPI – it was in fact loose paper material that had fallen from some of the packaging.
Jonathan Neville – Sheerness Docks – Kent
We were concerned with a small infestation of biscuit beetle found in one of our staff rooms. Arrowguard informed us that they are NOT a public health pest and that it would probably not be necessary to use any chemicals to rid us of the problem. Arrowguard were helpful and kept our cost down by directing us toward better housekeeping (i.e.; sweeping and cleaning the infected area) thus ensuring the problem resolved permanently.
Melanie Divall – Sevenoaks School – Kent
Insects Pest Control Solutions For Everyone
Arrowguard provide insect pest control solutions for clients throughout Kent and London, including:
Maidstone – Medway – Chatham – Dartford – Gillingham – Meopham – Gravesend – West Malling – Aylesford – Rochester – Tunbridge Wells – Sevenoaks – Canterbury – Ashford – Bexley – Bromley – Faversham – Whitstable.
Wherever you are, our family-run business has over 40 years of satisfying clients with our pest control solutions.