If you are noticing numbers of tiny moths near your kitchen, pantry, or food storage areas, they could be Plodia interpunctella, also known as pantry moths. The presence of these little moths means you might be facing a pantry infestation, one that could decimate your stored foods and grains if not addressed.
Read on to learn how to prevent and get rid of these pesky pests.
The best way to control pantry moths is to prevent them in the first place. Inspection is a must. Make these few suggestions part of your regular shopping experience.
When purchasing any bagged or boxed food, check for damage or for evidence of pests. Make sure the seals are intact. Pay particular attention to packages of pet food and birdseed.
If you feel unsure, open the package outside or store in the freezer for 3 or 4 days before opening. Purchase smaller packages of flour and milled products instead of stocking up with larger ones.
If you suspect that you have a pantry moth infestation, there are a few steps that you will need to follow to ensure that the problem is controlled.
First, go through all foods that could potentially be infested. The areas that you will pay attention to are rice, flours, cereals, and other grains. You should also check pet food, or any other dry food products that you may have stored. Some signs beyond the obvious adult moths flying around are cocoon-like webbing along the ceilings and cracks of the pantry, and webbing/worm-like larvae in bags or boxes of food.
Second, go through and inspect every single dry food you may have in your home, even if it hasn’t been opened. Any items found to be infested should be placed in a garbage bag, sealed up, and discarded outside.
Finally, after removing all infested boxes/bags of food be sure to clean/vacuum these areas to remove any spilled dry food.
Follow these tips and you should have a kitchen free of pantry moths.
Be cautious, and again, if the task seems intimidating, reconsider hiring a pest professional.