If you can’t get rid of these moths yourself, or they keep coming back, you may need to call in the pros.
Pantry moths are annoying pests that love to hang around the food in your pantry. The biggest problem isn’t just that these flying creatures are annoying – it’s what comes before the flight that’s concerning.
Before they grow into the moths you recognize, they start as yellow-white larvae that get into any unsealed food in your pantry and start eating away. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to discover they have an infestation only after taking out a bag from the pantry to eat and soon see someone has beaten them to the punch.
Here’s how to get rid of this problem:
1.Identify Where the Larvae Are Staying
These little maggots like to travel, so just because you’ve found a few in one bag doesn’t mean they are only gathering there. Look for fine web-like silk around the edges of the packaging for clues about where the larvae may have gotten in. You need to find the source and ensure you remove it. Otherwise, you’ll keep seeing these creatures in your kitchen.
Note that these pests can also get out of the pantry, so look at your walls or even ceiling, as they may be crawling and looking for other food you have in your kitchen.
2. Throw Everything Away
Unfortunately, you will need to throw everything in your pantry in the trash, especially if the bag’s been opened or the food is not in a sealed container. Cans are generally safe from these pests, but you should double-check any sealed bags, as they may have a puncture you didn’t notice before.
However, keep in mind that there may be eggs lurking, which can be hard to spot at times. It’s why most pest control specialists recommend discarding everything.
3. Clean Everything
Inside the pantry, the dishes, mugs, and even the cans – you should wash everything to make sure you flush any eggs or larvae attached.
In the pantry, make sure you take out the shelves and wash them on both sides. You can use a vinegar and water solution, or buy a special cleaning solution meant to keep moths away. Let the pantry air for a while before you put anything back in, and routinely check it to see if any more larvae are crawling.
4. Prevent Future Infestations
A good strategy to make sure you never spot these nasty creatures again is to:
- Put your food in airtight containers.
- Never leave food lying around that could attract gown moths.
- Using food-safe moths repellents (they are different for cloth-moths repellents!)
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