How to Get Rid of Pantry Moths
Pantry moths are a scourge on kitchens all across the country. The insects are small, winged, and generally harmless to people, but they can still ruin your nice clean home.
Pantry moths are famous for making their homes in cupboards, drawers, cabinets, and of course, pantries. They’re attracted by the dark, enclosed spaces and easy access to food. Pantry moths, especially in larval form, love the plentiful food sources your kitchen provides. The insects are especially fond of flour, corn meal, grains, and crumbs of any kind.
Pantry moths are a common problem. If you see adults fluttering around in in your kitchen or their younger weevils in your cupboards and food, you need to take action to get rid of them. Try these steps to get rid of pantry moths.
- Clean out all pantries, drawers, closets, and cabinets near where they could be finding food. Take everything out and organize it into sealed bags. Throw away any open food, especially bags of sugar, flour, and the like.
- Thoroughly clean all of the surfaces in these areas that you’ve cleared. Wipe everything down to remove food debris and messes as well as dead moth parts and feces. Any typical surface cleaner or bleach spray should do fine, though you may want to use a non-toxic option since your food and cooking utensils are going to eventually be placed back here.
- Clean the rest of your kitchen carefully, from countertops to the areas under the refrigerator and shelves.
- Replace all the objects and food you removed. Inspect each one individually for potential larvae or eggs, especially anything not protected in a can or jar. Discard or clean anything you suspect may be harboring the early stage moths.
Getting rid of pantry moths isn’t always easy, but it is necessary. You don’t want to end up accidentally eating them or letting them ruin your food. If your efforts prove not to be effective, consider contacting a pest control professional to help you.