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DIY Pantry Moth ControlHow To Control Pantry Pests

Since over 80% of our human food is from grains such as rice, wheat, corn and sorghum, it is no wonder that most of us will have a pantry pest infestation at some point in our lives. An infestation usually occurs either in grocery stores or at home where foods stay untouched for long periods of time.

Uninfested products can be quickly taken over by pantry pests if they are not stored and sealed properly in tight and hard cased containers. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to treat these buggers and keep your pantry pest-free. Solutions Pest & Lawn offers easy-to-use and easy-to-apply professional pest control products for all your pantry pest needs. Our products and guides are proven to work because we know what we’re doing.

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How to Get Rid of Pantry Pests: Solutions' 4-Step Process:

Step One:  Identify the source of the infestation and remove the product from your pantry or storage area. We also recommend that all opened food containers be stored in airtight containers. By doing this step you can prevent further infestation. Completing this step properly is half the battle. Placing items in the freezer for at least 48 hours is also a great way to kill any pantry pests.


Step Two:  Once you have decluttered your pantry and removed unwanted foods and foods you feel are infested, it's time to do a thorough cleaning job of your pantry. Empty the shelves Vacuum and clean the shelves and surfaces of the pantry. If necessary, use caulking on the cracks and crevices of the shelves and apply fresh paint. We recommend immediately changing the bag in the vacuum and cleaning your vacuum thoroughly before using again. Also wash the inside of the pantry or cabinet with soap and water, then with a weak bleach solution. If your shelving is adjustable, clean out the little peg holes with a toothpick.Those are notorious for collecting moth eggs and webs.


Step Three: Apply a residual insecticide spray like Novacide Flea & Tick Killer or CB PCO Insect Fogger then follow up with an insect growth regulator such as, Gentrol Point Source IGR, which is also available in an aerosol spray and has a crack and crevice tip for easy application. Use pheromone specific traps to catch adult beetles and moths that are moving about in your pantry. 


Step Four: Give the product some time to work. Depending on the size of infestation it may take either a few weeks or up to six months to eliminate all the moths and larvae that are present. Regularly clean the pantry of any spills and clutter. Dispose of old unwanted food and seal all cracks and crevices with caulk and paint in your pantry to ensure no areas of harborage are available and make cleaning up a breeze. When stocking your pantry, make sure you dont overstock with food and just buy enough food for the short-term so there isn't so much clutter.

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