There’s no need in explaining how a pantry moth looks like, because most of us have seen it already. Most pantry moths love laying their eggs in dry food products such as grains, flours, fruits, pet food and birdseed. They are all over the U.S. but most common they are found in Florida.
If someone would ask: how does a nightmare looks like, moths will be the answer. They are absolutely disgusting, especially when you find their tiny grayish-white eggs in the flour or cereals. Not to mention about the silk web they spin inside food containers.
Fortunately, there are several methods you can try to catch these little insects, and some of them are great in keeping them away.
Step 1: Before using any moth trap, you should check your dry food and throw it away. It may sound extreme, but if you’ve found pantry larvae in the flour bag, I guarantee that they’ve also been visiting the cereals, or any other dry food.
Step 2: After removing all the affected dry food, wipe down all the jars, cans with soapy water. Vacuum well the kitchen cabinets (pay special attention to corners and cracks), and then wipe the shelves with a disinfectant solution and then with soapy water.
After these two methods, it’s time to proceed with the following ones:
Pantry Moth Repellent
- Spray bottle
- White vinegar
- 15 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil
- 10 drops of Cedarwood essential oil
- 5 drops of Peppermint essential oil
How to prepare:
For this natural moth repellent you have to mix equal parts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle. The next step is to add the essential oils and shake the bottle to incorporate all the ingredients. After each spray, shake the bottle once more.
How to use:
After wiping well with bleach and soapy water, it’s time to spray in each kitchen cabinet and on each shelf this natural moth repellent.
Pantry Moth Traps
Of course, there are plenty of moth traps on the market, but Pro Pest Pantry Moth Traps is the one I used and it works just perfect! Click on the photo below to buy 4 moth packs with 2 traps only with $20.
After cleaning intensively your kitchen cabinets apply non-toxic traps to prevent the appearance of other moths.
One of the best moth traps is a triangular box with a lure inside and sticky walls. These traps are well-known because they release pheromone which will attract female moths. Furthermore, when they will touch the lured box will get stuck against the sticky walls inside the box.