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Pantry Pest Control Services on Vancouver Island

Rid your pantry of pests like cockroaches, beetles and moths by calling in The Pest Doctor for professional pantry pest control services on Vancouver Island. Pantry pests are just what they sound like, pests you usually find making their home in your pantries. These types of pests are often found in your pastas, flour, and cereals. Pantry pests may include insects like moths, drugstore beetles, cigarette beetles, and cockroaches. 


The Pest Doctor has several years of experience removing pantry pests from homes throughout the Nanaimo area and surrounding areas. We can also provide you with education on how to keep your pantry from facing an infestation in the future. Book an inspection with The Pest Doctor today.

Pests Infestation in Your Pantry: What You Need to Know

Pests such as some types of moths, beetles, and weevils are common pantry pests. Crawling stages are generally not much bigger than a grain of rice and are easily missed. Flying pests are easier to see and identify. Both crawling and moth pests have the same life cycle: egg, larvae, pupa, and adult. Although the duration of time will vary for different species to complete their respective life cycles, controlling each pest is the same. They are easy to kill but you will notice they keep on emerging. The first step to stopping the cycle is to identify and dispose of infested items, and the second step is the pesticide application.


In most cases, they were brought to your home with some type of stored food product such as flour, pet food, biscuits, pasta, cereal, dried beans, bread, spices, cookies, and other standard pantry items, including birdseed. Although most infestations originate in the kitchen or pantry, be sure to include all areas of the home when trying to identify the main nesting site(s).

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Before Treatment

  1. Locating the source or sources of infestation is the first and most important step. All items should be checked for infestation and disposed of when contaminated. Emptied containers must be disinfected. Heavily infested items should be bagged, taken outside, and thrown away. Uninfested items can be cold- or heat-treated to ensure that any undetected stages are killed. To prevent re-infestation, clean up spilled flour, mixes, crumbs, etc. and thoroughly vacuum and clean areas’ cracks and crevices where the contaminated items were stored. Store foods in airtight glass, metal, or plastic containers. Clear containers make it easier to check for infestation.

  2. Plan to be away for at least 6 to 8 hours after application. This includes most pets. Fish tanks should be covered and the filter turned off. Plants are ok.

    a. Small children under 2 years of age, people with respiratory problems, and pregnant women should be out overnight according to the BC Ministry guidelines. Apply these same guidelines to special-needs pets.

  3. The technician would appreciate access to all cracks and crevices where the contaminated items were stored. Empty affected cupboards and storage units.


A residual quick-drying chemical is applied to cracks, crevices and shelves in storage areas after the removal of stored products.

After Treatment

Do not wash treated areas, cupboard shelves, and drawers for 30 days. Place shelf paper or newspaper on shelves and in drawers before returning any items to the cupboards. Wash all countertops, cutting boards, fridges, and stove tops with soap and water before using. Open windows if possible. 


Always keep your food products in sealed containers and discard contents at the first signs of contamination.

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Book a Free Inspection

If you see signs of any pest infestation in your pantry, let an expert take a look around.

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