Sep 05, 2013 - 07:47 AM
Dianne, the bottom line on pantry pest control, including cigarette beetles, flour moths, etc, (commonly called weevils - although there really isn't a food pest that we consider a weevil) is that you have to find the source of the infested food.
Dog food, flour, cornmeal, cake mix, cereal, etc, are all sources of food pest attack. Basically anything with wheat, corn, flour, etc. Go through everything and open it up. When you find anything suspicious, in other words, dead or live insects, small pencil size holes in the box, anything, throw it out and get rid of it.
You may end up throwing everything out except the soup cans.
Empty the pantry, shelves, etc, remove everything, go through it, throw out what is infested. Then vacuum up all the crumbs, and wipe everything down. Spray the pantry or shelf with a good residual insecticide such as Alpine Spray.
When everything is dry, put the food back.
The consider using a pantry pest trap to track and monitor everything.
Fruit flies require using an aerosol spray such as CB 80 to spray the "air" around trash cans, sinks, house plants, etc. This kills them on contact.
For fruit fly control, you also have to do the same thing as for food pests. Go through all rotting fruit, vegetables, etc. Throw them out too.
Hope this helps, let me know if you need any more more help.