The moment you spot a pantry moth flying around your home is the moment you need to start making plans to get rid of it. Unfortunately, the fact that you spotted one pantry moth means you likely have an infestation of them. Chances are pretty good that a full-grown moth has already had babies that are feasting somewhere in your pantry. Fortunately, there are things you can do to get rid of this problem.
Don't Give Them a Reason to Stay
Preventative measure is always the best defense against any pest infestation. Cover and do not leave out food items. If you suspect a moth problem, know their hiding spots and make sure they are not hiding in your flour, dry pet food, cereal, and rice. If you find any, throw those items out. Moving forward, those items should be stored in air tight containers. Never let trash sit around for a long period of time.
Clean the Pantry
After removing all items from your pantry and storing them in their proper containers, clean the pantry itself. This includes:
- Scrub the shelves, including underneath them, with soap and water.
- Locate and get rid of cocoon webbing that may be hanging in the corners of the pantry walls. You may find some on cans and jars too.
- Vacuum the entire pantry. This includes taking a hose to the walls and corners, as well as sweeping the floor itself.
- If you had to throw out contaminated or old food, wash them out thoroughly with soap and water before reusing.
Just in Case…
Don't assume they are all gone right away, since there's always a chance one escaped the vigorous cleaning you just did. Set traps specializing in moth catching in your pantry. Although your food should be covered at this point, don't put glue traps so close that glue can drip onto the boxes and cans below. It is important not to use sprays around food, but insecticides can be put in cracks in walls further away from food.
While traps may not get rid of all moths, they can help monitor the situation assuming the infestation is not massive.
Properly Store Your Food
Since moths are attracted to food, it is important to store it properly. Dry products, such as flour and cereal should be stored in air tight containers. Refrigerate what needs to be refrigerated, and do not leave food sitting around. Take out the trash on a daily basis, especially if there is leftover or spoiled food inside. Do not buy more food than what you actually need at a time.
As you can see, getting rid of pantry moths is possible. You just need to act quickly before the infestation gets out of hand. To learn more, contact a pest control company like Commonwealth Exterminating Co.