How To Get Rid Of Pantry Moths
Have you experienced opening up your pantry or cupboard just to see little insects flying around over your foods and groceries? Have you ever messed up with a recipe because when you were about to add the last ingredient, you found out that it has been taken over by little winged creatures and larvae? If you have, then you know how annoying these creatures can be.
These tiny, brown, winged-insects that would normally hover around the packages of your starchy food are called pantry moths, Indian Meal Moths are weevils. They are generally harmless to human but they love to feed on food products that contain high amount of sugar and starch. That is why their usual hideout is your pantry and other storage areas. Dealing with pantry moths is actually quite easy. You just need to follow some simple steps and you can get away from their infestation. If you want to get rid of pantry moths that destroy your food products, you can make use of the following tips.
Remove infested foods
When you see food items that have been heavily infested by pantry moths, then you should remove these foods right away. Place every infested product in garbage plastic, seal it tight and leave it outside your lot until the garbage truck picks it up.
To be guaranteed that all remaining food products are free of pantry moths and larvae, you can store them in the refrigerator for a few days. The cold will kill any larvae that have been left.
Clean your pantry
Pantry moths are not attracted to clean places. So if you want pantry moths to keep out of your house, you need to clean up your pantry and other storage areas, not to mention your whole house and lot. When cleaning, take everything out and proceed to bleach down the shelving, as well as wipe down the walls. You’re going to want this pantry the cleanest you’ve ever seen it!
Vacuum out pantry moths
Once you have removed all the food products in your storage, you can use a vacuum cleaner to suck the dirt, dust, remaining pantry moths and larvae on your pantry.
If you do not have vacuum cleaner, you can use broom or duster to clean the pantry. Just remember to kill those remaining pantry moths that you see by stomping on them.
You need to wash your pantry thoroughly to get rid of all the bacteria that has stuck on it. Simply get warm, soapy water and a brush. Wash the pantry with the soapy water and follow by brushing the sides and corners of it. After that, rinse it with water and wipe with clean rag or old cloth. Leave the pantry open to dry. You can also use an electric fan to speed up the drying process.
After you have washed the pantry clean, you need to disinfect. Using chemical-based disinfectant is not that advisable because foods are the one being stored in a pantry. Usually, people use a vinegar solution. Just fill the bottle with one part vinegar and four parts water. You can also add other essential oils such as lemon or mint extract.
Try basil leaves
Pantry moths aren’t attracted to basil leaves and if you put basil leaves in a bag such as dog food, or just have them sitting out in the open in the pantry, this is a great way to get rid of them, since they won’t be attracted to the smell.
Use pantry moth traps
When the pantry is already clean and pantry moth-free again, then you can arrange back your food items and groceries. TO avoid having future visits from pantry moths, you can buy pantry moth traps and place it around your pantry. Basil leaves can also be a more practical and cheaper alternative to pantry moth traps.