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Pantry Moth Control
Any pest infestation is an intrusion on your life, but when insects get into your food, it’s a whole different story. Pantry moths can ruin a wide variety of grain-based foods, and the most common culprit is the Indian meal moth. Since no one wants to find moth larvae in their cereal bowl, we can help you get rid of pantry moths and keep your food fresh, clean, and moth free.
About Pantry Moths
Indian meal moths are the most common pantry moth pests. They infest grain products, commonly cereals and whole grains, but also dried fruits, nuts seeds, spices, and even pet foods. The larvae of this moth develop in the chosen food source, and in optimal conditions take about a month to fully develop and pupate into adult moths. The larvae grow up to 2/3 of an inch and are mostly a cream color, with tones of pink or yellowish green and have a dark brown head. The adult moths are small, about 3/8 of an inch long and dull brown in color with a brown pattern on wings. Adults only live about one week and fly about erratically to find a place to lay eggs.
Pantry Moth Damage
Pantry moth larvae are the destructive stage of this insect. They feed on almost any stored, grain or nut based products, as well as dried foods such as fruit, herbs, and seeds. In large containers, the larvae will only feed on the surface of the product. However, in small containers they can be found throughout the product. The caterpillars produce silk when they feed on the products, binding food pieces. This silk is a good visual cue to diagnose a pantry moth infestation. The feeding can impart an off odor, color, or taste to the food, as well as dead insects, eggs, and insect parts. The adult female can lay up to 200 eggs at once, so if there is plenty of food present, your stores can quickly become contaminated.
*For more information about how to get rid of Pantry Moths, read our article: How to Get Rid of Pantry Moths
Pantry Moth Control
Pantry Moth Sticky Traps
Using plain sticky pantry moth traps in can help monitor for moths and other pantry pests and allows you to control the infestation immediately. This is one of the main reasons why we include a pack of six sticky moth traps in our pantry pest kit.
Pheromone Pantry Moth Traps
Pheromone pantry moth traps are also common and popular for pantry moth control. They use a pheromone lure to draw one sex of the species to the trap, which has a sticky surface, with the goal to disrupt the mating cycle and eliminate the population. We recommend the Pantry Patrol Pheromone Traps.
In addition to pantry moth traps and sprays, there are several other products and methods that can be used for pantry moth control. Another great set of tools that can be used to control pantry moths are called Nuvan ProStrips. The Nuvan ProStrips will slowly release a vapor that will kill insects in an enclosed space (like a pantry) for up to four months.
To learn more about controlling other types of pantry pests, see our pantry pest control page.
How to Kill Pantry Moths – Methods to Use with Control Products
The following methods should be used along with control products to keep pantry moths out of the kitchen:
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