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How to Control Grain Borersgrain borer

There are a large variety of insects that like to target our pantry and stored food products and one particularly irritating bug is the Grain borer. These little irritants derive their name from the fact that they like to “bore” or drill into grain and grain products they want to feed on. Grain borers can do a lot of damage to stored food which can be costly to replace.

There are two types of grain borer that are notable: the lesser grain borer and the larger grain borer.  Both of these species look similar and have similar biological traits, the main difference is their size. They have 3 large segments on their antennae and are usually reddish in color. They also have a humped thorax which covers the head and their front has teeth like indentions. Lesser Grain Borers are about 1/8 of an inch long; Larger Grain Borers are about 1/4 of an inch long. Both species enjoy the same types of food they find in homes.

Grain borers may enter the home by being accidently pre-packaged at commercial food packing facilities which they invade to feast on grains. Once in the home they will move around looking for things to eat and places to lay eggs. While they enjoy grains, they aren’t picky with their diet and will eat just about anything, from furniture to fabrics and paper.

If you have grain borers in your home, you have to take action fast or risk significant damage and contamination. At Solutions Pest and Lawn, we carry everything you need to control this pantry pest and also offer free how-to advice so you can confidently conduct DIY pest control.

How to Get Rid of Grain Borers: 3 Step Solution

Like most other pantry pests, getting rid of grain borers can be a simple task which involves a detailed cleanup of infested areas, laying out traps and spraying chemical pesticides that will kill grain borers and repel them from your home. Check out our easy-to-follow guide below and recommended products and you will be able to eliminate those frustrating grain borers from your home in no time.

Step One: Start by emptying your cabinets of all of your stored food products and look for the source of the grain borer infestation. Once the infestation is found, immediately discard the item in a sealed plastic bag. Also at this point in time, we recommend removing any food item that you don’t intend on eating or is expired. Decluttering your food storage of excess food is an important part of reducing the threat of grain borers or any other pantry pests.

Step Two:  Once you have decluttered your pantry and removed unwanted foods and foods you feel are infested, vacuum and clean the shelves and surfaces of the pantry. We also recommend vacuuming any other part of the house, including closets which you suspect may also have grain borers present and the potential of any eggs they may have laid

Step Three:  Once all your infested food items have been thrown out and areas have been cleaned, it will be time to treat with insecticides. We recommend applying a residual insecticide spray. We recommend using a simple aerosol spray such as Novacide Flea & Tick Killer  among other options of insecticides. These are both excellent safe to use sprays and provide long-time controlWe also suggest applying an Insect Growth Regulator Gentrol Point Source IGR, which is also available in an aerosol spray and has a crack and crevice tip for easy application.

Step Four: Finally, we suggest installing pheromone traps to catch grain borer bugs that are moving around in your home. These pheromone traps contain an attractant that lures grain borer bugs and other pantry pests and are a good tool to monitor future insect activity in your pantry once the population has been eradicated.

Follow these steps as we have laid out and your grain borer problem will be no more. Browse our granary grain borer products below and if you ever have any questions or concerns, we have pest control experts standing by to assist you via email, phone or online live chat.

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