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How To Get Rid of Pantry Moths

Do you hate pantry moths buzzing around every time you go to get the groceries out of the back of your car? Have you contemplated moving houses just because these little critters make your life a nightmare? Does your significant other give you hard time for not taking care of the problem?

Well, there is an easy solution to fix the problem and prevent it from coming back.

About Pantry Moths

Pantry moths are mostly harmless to human beings, in the sense that they do not bite but they can still be very annoying. These insects avoid sunlight and are attracted to dark corners. Hence, they usually come out at night. They inhabit dimly lit areas where there is an ample supply of food such as nuts, flour and cereals.

They breed in moisture. The pantry is the perfect place for a moth colony. The easiest way to identify a moth infestation is adult moths flying out from behind objects when the objects are moved. At first, you might think that directly spraying the pantry with insecticides would solve the problem instantly, but it does not stop larvae from growing and the moths from repopulating.

Plus the food in the pantry that has not been infested will be wasted and deemed inedible.

5 Ways to Get Rid of Pantry Moths

  1. Clear out the infested

Your first objective is to identify the source of the infestation. Once that is done, take out all the foods that have been infested and throw them out of the house. Don’t throw it in the kitchen basket because that would just spread the problem instead of reducing it. Take out the trash, take it out to the curb and far away from the house.

The reason for this is to get rid of any possible eggs that might be left behind in the rotting food.

  1. Take it all out of the pantry

Once you’ve rid of the visibly infested foods, take everything else out of the pantry to another area of the house like the kitchen or the yard. Inspect the pantry for webs, sticky substances (honey spills) and dry residue (flour). Check under the lids of bottles and containers as well for webs. Pay special attention to corners, hinges and edges of the cupboards.

  1. Spray, vacuum and wash

Now that the pantry is completely empty, you are free to spray insecticides to kill the moths. You may hire a professional for this fumigation process. Next step is to vacuum the inside of the pantry for any residue or eggs left behind. Lastly, wash the pantry with hot soapy water and a towel or scrub with vinegar. Vinegar is a natural repellent to pest and prevents them from returning because of its alkaline properties.

  1. Everything should be dry

Before you restock your pantry, make sure everything is dry and crisp. To do this, you may use clean paper towels or a hair dryer, whichever is easily available. Wipe the floors, the ceilings, the back and sides to make sure all the nooks and edges are wiped completely. Moisture provides perfect breeding grounds for pests and if there is any moisture left, it might provide an opportunity for the pests to return.

  1. Natural home remedy

Although there is no scientific evidence to support this, a lot of people believe that bay leaves, cedar, rosemary, thyme, cloves and lavender act as natural deterrents for moths and other pests. It is a home remedy which keeps moths away and gives the pantry a fresh new aroma.

  1. Bonus tip: Prevention is better than cure

To prevent occurrence of the problem in the future:

  • Try using air tight containers to store flour, cereals and nuts. This helps kill any existing eggs and pests and prevents new ones from getting inside the containers

  • If you stock a lot of groceries, make sure you use the old items first and restock with new ones from time to time. There have been many instances where people store certain items and forget about them. Every time they have a need for it, they buy new ones from the store while the old one rots away in the pantry

  • Keep everything in rotation. Moths and other pests do not infest items which are moved regularly

  • Regularly checking for infestations stops the problem from growing too big

  • Take care of messes and spills as soon as they occur. Do not be lazy! Do not postpone! Moths are like any other insect. They are drawn to unhygienic conditions. They are a symptom, rather than a problem. They are a sign of tardiness. Keep everything clean.

Use Professional DIY Products to Help You Get Rid of Pantry Moths

Solutions Pest & Lawn offers a full line of pantry moth control products and have put together some easy to use kits and guides to help you with your DIY pantry moth control. We would recommend you start with a residual insecticide aerosol, some pantry traps and and insect growth regulator.

There are a variety of pheromone traps available(such as Pro-Pest Pantry Moth & Beetle Traps) to attract and trap the pantry pest and we have traps for your specific pantry pest problem so as noted on the identification section, it’s important to note what infestation you are having so you can select the correct product.

Insecticide treatments are vastly effective for controlling pantry moths. There are products which offer no residual control but act as a fumigant. We offer direct contact treatments, that can be applied to the clean out area, and crack and crevice sprays, (such as Pyrid Aerosols)

Insect Growth Regulators  (such as Gentrol) can also be applied for difficult to identify pantry pests. Sometimes you cannot easily determine where the infestation is coming from and all steps have been performed to eliminate the food source. Insect Growth Regulators have been proven to offer an added layer of control on top of a residual spray.

You can get all the best products to treat for pantry moths or any other pantry bug with our Guaranteed Pantry Pest Control Kit. Purchase it today and your pantry foods will soon be safe from the threat of pantry pest contamination.

For more information, contact us at 800-479-6583 or email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com.


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