How to Get Rid of Pantry Moths
Throwing away infested foods and cleaning the pantry out thoroughly will all keep your home free of this pest. Pantry moths are also known as Indian Meal Moths, and discovering an infestation in your home isn’t fun. The author of this article is a certified Pesticide Applicator in Washington State and received his BA from the University of Washington in 2012. The article has been viewed 1,539,104 times.
Biology of the Pantry Moth
P. inerpentella is one of several insects known to feed on stored grains and other dry foods. Adult moths are small, 1/4 to 3/8 inches in length, with a wingspan of 1/2-3/4 in length. These pests will feed on almost any dry foods, especially raw and processed grain products, cereals, pastas, and dog and cat food. It is often the webbing in the corners of pantries and cupboards that are the first indications of pantry moths.
Are pantry moths harmful?
An Indian meal moth lays around 400 eggs in your pantry. They are a nuisance and the larvae stage is the worst damage to food. Eating food won’t transmit any sickness, although if you’re squeamish it may make your stomach turn. The good news is that pantry moths are not harmful in any stage of their life cycle. They do not bite humans and they do not carry disease. Eating food that’s infested with these moths or their eggs will not transmit sickness. It’s common to discover moth larvae in rice, flour or open packets for bird seed.
Step 1 – Regularly check your Pantry
It’s all too easy for us to have out of date food stored at the back of over-crowded shelves. The act of moving pantry contents around will immediately have the benefit of ensuring that you are not providing a safe environment for pests resulting in moths in the pantry. Check out what you have and what you need before it goes on the night out and get rid of the pests in your pantry and kitchen cupboards. Don’t leave food undisturbed for long periods of time.
3 Ways to Get Rid of Pantry Moths
Pesticide is not an option when it comes to getting rid of pantry moths. You need to carefully inspect each and every dry food item in your storage area. And because these pests are in food storage areas, pesticides aren’t an option. If you want to get rid of a pantry moth, check out the online pantry fly-in-a-head list for the most effective options on how to keep your pantry ready.