What came next: Pantry moths (Indian meal moth, Plodia interpunctella). The easiest way to identify a moth infestation is adult moths flying out from behind objects when the objects are moved. They eat cereal products, whole grains, dried fruit, pet food, bird seed, chocolate milk (powder), nuts, etc. They are about the size of the end of a pen. According to pretty much everyone on the internet, except for those selling “pantry moth traps”, the only way to get rid of those blasted things is to trash everything, and put it into glass jars, end of story. There had to be a dozen dead moths, and just as many casings, or whatever those sickening things are called that hatch their little demons, I mean larvae. Since the larvae cannot feed on these kinds of artificial clothing materials. Also look to your ceiling as sometimes you can find the larvae crawling along your ceiling. These bugs can lay anywhere from 60-400 eggs that turn into larvae and those larvae eat EVERYTHING IN YOUR PANTRY. Female moths lay anywhere from 60-400 on a food source/surface, usually in your pantry. When the moth eggs started to hatch, the larvae will spin its webs in the infested food.
This will reduce the likeliness of an infestation to happen. Having a uniform system will also make your pantry look much more organised. I felt smug that is until I went to make my family dinner. The wet environment is their favorite so make sure everything is dry before proceeding further. Indian meal moths are small, only about a half-inch long, and have multicolored wings that are tan and brown or reddish. Although there is no scientific evidence to support this, a lot of people believe that bay leaves, cedar, rosemary, thyme, cloves and lavender act as natural deterrents for moths and other pests. Moths usually come into your home through open windows and doors, which is why most people recommend using mosquito nets to prevent the problem. Moths are extremely attracted to grains. Hence, why they are called pantry moths since the adult lays their eggs close to a food source for their babies to thrive off of.
Pantry Moths. Pantry moths lay their eggs on stored food and grains. You can always use essential oils to keep moths away. There will probably be some eggs, larvae, or adult moths that you miss when you go on your search and destroy mission; and you want to keep re-infestation possibilities down to a minimum. At first the little grey moths seemed benign. I am going to walk you through their life cycle first because that is the only way I was able to kill them. It isn’t the adult bug that is necessarily the pest, it’s their life cycle. I had to understand how to effect each part of their life cycle and eventually get rid of them FOR GOOD. I will guide you through a step-by-step process on how to get rid of these pests. If you set these out in the pantry, they will catch any weevils that you missed.
It will take time and persistence, meaning after the initial cleaning madness, you will have to maintain the ridding process weekly, and within 6 to 12 months (possibly sooner), they should be completely gone. 1. Take everything out of your pantry. This is how to keep bugs out of your house, use sturdy containers with sealed lids and try these 11 no-pantry solutions on a budget. So far so good, keep your fingers crossed. Keep in mind that metal containers are more fire-resistant than plastic ones, meaning that in case of a house fire, your stockpile could get away unharmed. Place it in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. I even bought plastic bins to organize the small things. You’ll see them: The moth itself, some small brown caterpillars or even adults in or near the pantry is a tell-tale sign. Even if you keep your pantry and kitchen cupboards clean and tidy, these tiny buggers can show up from time to time.