Did moths invade your pantry? Join the club, because I just finished cleaning the cupboards and removing most of the dry food existing in the kitchen cabinets.
The best way in getting rid of moths is prevention, but this “remedy” applies in almost any circumstance. However, pantry moths it seems to just appear and multiply. These pantry pests build their nest in the corners and crevices of the cupboards and lay their eggs in your dry food where, eventually, burst as moths.
But the most disgusting thing when it comes about pantry moths is when they are in the pupal and larval stage because you can’t distinguish them from your grains. Yeah, you got it! You’ll end-up eating them. Gross enough, but keep this in mind and prevent the appearance of pantry moths.
To avoid future infestations, consider storing your flour, baking mixes, oatmeal and nuts in the freezer, or freeze these items for a week before moving them to your pantry. It will kill any larvae that might be present in the foods that you bring home from the store, so you don’t introduce them to your pantry.
Bay leaves, lavender, cedar, and mint are known to repel moths. Fill sachets with one of these, and tuck them inside your pantry as a deterrent. Replace them from time to time, so they remain effective.
Clean up food messes in your pantry as soon as they happen, and give your pantry a thorough scrub several times a year. It will help you to avoid infestations and alert you to any potential problems before things get out of hand.
How to get rid of pantry moths?
I can’t emphasize enough how thoroughly you need to clean your pantry!
You will need to:
Throw away all grains.
Throw away any food packages that can’t get wet (like, boxes and bags) – the moths will lay eggs in any crevice, including the folds of packages. If the infestation is severe, or if you’re having trouble getting rid of them, just go ahead and throw away everything.
Remove and throw away shelf liners.
Wash all unopened jars and cans in hot, soapy water. Use a toothpick to check for eggs or larvae in the cracks around the lids of jars.
Wash the inside of the pantry or cabinet with soap and water, then with a weak bleach solution.
Rinse with a mixture of water, vinegar, and peppermint oil to kill eggs and repel moths.
If you have adjustable shelves or pegboard, grab a toothpick and clean out the little peg holes! Those are notorious for collecting moth eggs and webs.
If you used a vacuum cleaner, immediately change the vacuum bag and clean your vacuum.
Finally, take out the trash and recyclables, and clean your trash can and recycle bins.
After finishing in cleaning and disinfecting your cupboards, just apply a pheromone trap!
Sticky traps, such as Safer Pantry Pest Traps, emit a scent that attracts male moths. While they won’t eliminate all of them, traps can help, and give you a way to monitor the infestation.
If the infestation is severe, it can take up to six months to get rid of all the moths and hatching larvae around your house.