What Are the Signs of Pantry Moths?
Luckily, pantry moths do leave plenty of signs to make us aware that they are there.
- You'll see them: The moth itself, some small brown caterpillars or even adults in or near the pantry is a tell-tale sign.
- Webbing and secretions: Along the corners or even the inside of packages, webbing or sticky secretions can be visible.
- Odor and Clumping of grains: In some more severe cases there can be an unpleasant odor emitting from the food container or even grains clumping together.
How Can I Control a Pantry Moth Infestation?
Get ready to clean and tidy up! There are some easy things to do to help prevent these moths from finding your pantry and prevent the problem from worsening. Remember when cleaning that the pantry moth can survive and thrive off crumbs.
- Empty out: First, be sure to empty out cupboards and closets containing dried food.
- Examine: Carefully look through all packaged food that is already opened for signs of moths.
- Discard: If any infested food was found, ensure it is removed from the home, not just thrown away inside.
- Vacuum: All shelves and cracks and crevices should be vacuumed thoroughly to get rid of food crumbs and bugs.
- Clean: Once you have vacuumed, empty out the vacuum right after use. Then clean with hot, soapy water or water and vinegar solution.
- Seal: All cracks in the walls within the cupboards should be sealed to prevent pantry moths from finding a way back in.
- Set up Traps: TERRO® Pantry Moth Traps can be used to prevent further infestations and alert you when moths are present.
How Can I Get Rid of Pantry Moths?
Grain-loving pantry moths are a familiar problem for many homeowners. They appear seemingly out of nowhere in your kitchen, pantry, basement or garage. For easy pantry moth control, use our pantry moth trap to get rid of pantry pests and keep them away.
Safe and non-toxic, TERRO® Pantry Moth Traps contain a powerful pheromone lure that attracts moths to the trap’s sticky surface where they get stuck and die. Simply place the moth traps in areas where moths are observed. TERRO® Pantry Moth Traps attract and kill the most common moths. Our more decorative, TERRO® Closet And Pantry Moth Trap Plus Alert also works with clothes moths and will alert you when to change out the lure.
How Can I Prevent Pantry Moths From Entering My Home or Business?
There are some larger projects that can help to reduce the ways that moths find their way into the home.
- Ensure that food is always properly stored in air tight containers.
- Seal off the spaces around pipes and utility conduits with caulk.
- Seal cracks and crevices in your walls and floors with a filler material.
- Minimize attractants, including access to moisture and food.
- Vacuum regularly to reduce attractants while also removing these bugs and their eggs.
Are There Different Kinds of Pantry Moths?
There are four different types of pantry moths that can be found in the United States. The Indian Meal Moth is the most common and is also typically referred to as a pantry moth by name.
- Brown House Moth (Hofmannophila pseudospretella) – Not only does this moth enjoy food in the pantry, but it also natural clothing and carpet materials. This moth is even more trouble worthy than the typical pantry moth.
- Indian Meal Moth (Plodia interpunctella) – Most commonly referred to as the pantry moth, it is well known for its grey and brown wings.
- Mediterranean Flour Moth (Ephestia kuehniella) – A common pest that prefers cereal grains and flours the most, this moth prefers temperate climates.
- White Shouldered House Moth (Endrosis sarcitrella) – If not found in the home you might find these moths in bird nests as they enjoy animal-based fabrics and nest like materials.