Food Items Conducive to Infestation by Stored Product Pests

Pest Management In and Around Structures May 20, 2012 Print Friendly and PDF




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)
  • biscuit mix
  • pasta

Nonconsumable items that are potential food sources for stored product pests include the following:

  • dried flower arrangements (such as potpourri)
  • rodent baits
  • bird seed
  • dry pet food
  • animal products made into treats (e.g., rawhides)
  • dog bones and related treats
  • dried fish and fishmeal
  • cigars and other tobacco products
  • decorative wall and table arrangements containing plant or animal material
  • dried fruit peels
  • jewelry or holiday decorations containing nuts or seeds (especially corn kernels)
  • bean bags
  • doorstops filled with beans, corn or rice
  • stashes of food (mainly seeds) stockpiled by birds and rodents in wall voids, attics, crawl spaces and chimneys
  • school art work made with food products




"Stored Product Pests in the Home" is a production of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, University of Georgia. The original authors of this content are Daniel R. Suiter, Michael D. Toews and Lisa M. Ames.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.