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Pests in Food FAQs

  • What are the signs of stored product insects?

    Common signs of food insects may include finding damage, adult insects (small moths or beetles), larvae, pupae or silken webbing on food storage bins on shelves or holes on the outside of packets and bags.

  • How do I get rid of stored product pests in my home?

    Infestations in your home can be contained quite easily by removing the source of the infestation in a manner that will not disperse the infestation and sealing all other susceptible food sources. Removal and cleaning of any crumbs and other food material that may have accumulated inside and under cupboards, shelving and in cracks and crevices.

  • How do I get rid of stored product insects in my business?

    Rentokil’s solution for the control of stored product insects follows three phases:

    Reducing the probability that stored product pests will enter the premises by implementing methods to discourage and exclude pests. This includes high standards of sanitation and hygiene.

    Regular vigilant inspections and monitoring of premises and incoming stock with the use of monitoring devices such as pheromone lures and traps.

    Control using approved pesticides, fumigants or techniques utilising high temperatures to prevent, manage and eliminate pests.

    Learn more about how our stored product pest management can help to get rid of pests in food.

  • Do I need to dispose of any food that has insects?

    Yes. In order to control insects within food, the infested food must be removed or destroyed in a manner that it will not disperse the infestation, and / or treated in a way that presents no hazards in its end use.

  • What types of pests in food are commonly found in Kenya?

    Pests in food, also known as Stored Product Insects (SPIs), covers a very large range of insect species. Some of these include:

    Mediterranean Flour Moth (Ephestia kuehniella)
    Biscuit Beetle  (Ahasverus advena) 
    Booklice (Various species - Liposcelis bostrychophila, Lepinotus patruelis) 
    Cigarette Beetle (Lasioderma serricorne) 
    Merchant Grain Beetle (Oryzaephilus Mercator) 
    Rice Weevil (Sitophilus Oryzae)