Pantry moths — or, more properly, the Indian meal moth — may not be quite as destructive as their closet-destroying cousins, but they can quickly infest your kitchen and spoil large amounts of food. Pantry moth larvae will eat almost any dry good, from cereal and other grains to flour, spices and dried fruits.
Despite the frustration pantry moths can cause homeowners, many people are hesitant to use a chemical pesticide solution, particularly in the kitchen where food is stored. Luckily, there are several methods of pantry moth control that don't involve chemical pesticides. Here are some tips for managing a pantry moth infestation in your home:
Thoroughly check all food in your cupboard. Look for adult moths, larvae (white/yellow maggots with darker heads), eggs (small white or grey granules) or webbing. Remove any infested foods and clean shelves with warm soapy water or white vinegar.
Discard infested foods far away from the home. Some people try to save foods that have been infested by freezing them for a week to kill any eggs, then sifting them through a fine mesh strainer. This is not recommended.
Buy smaller packs of food or store products in an airtight container or in the freezer, if possible.
Sprinkle crushed bay leaves around shelves. You can also use essential oils of tea tree or eucalyptus to repel pantry moths.
Safer® Brand Pantry Moth Sprays and Traps
Our pantry moths control products are an effective solution to get rid of these pests for once and for all. We offer aerosol sprays and traps separately or as a package for maximum pantry moth control.
Pantry moth traps: Safer® Brand Pantry Pest® Traps are one of our most popular items. Using powerful pheromones to lure in male moths, a single trap provides up to 400 square feet of protection. Easy to use, simply bait the trap with the included lure and place in the cupboard at the first sign of infestation.
Pantry moth spray: Safer® Brand Flying Insect Killer kills pantry moths on contact using a blend of pyrethrin and potassium salts of fatty acids. CFC-free, this product has a fresh citrus scent and can be used both indoors and out.
Organic Pantry Moth Control
Our organic pest control products are USDA approved for organic gardening, and they contain only compounds easily broken down by nature. Keep pests out of your home with organic and poison-free pantry moth control solutions from the Safer® Brand family of products!