How do we get rid of Indian meal moths?

Asked January 21, 2015, 11:37 AM EST

We have had an infestation of meal moths that I have not been able to get rid of for years. We are remodeling our kitchen and when we pulled the cabinets out, we found worms in brown "netting" between the cabinets and the wall and the ceiling. When we removed the trim from the bottom of the kitchen window, we found them there too. What do you recommend we do to get rid of them?

Benton County Oregon

1 Response

Sounds as if you have a significant infestation inside the walls or in the cabinets that are against the wall. The first step is to eliminate the sources by properly storing food and controlling spillage. One often-missed source of food for these moths is dry pet food that has spilled into an inaccessible area. Next seal cracks and crevices to stop moth larvae from getting into the areas behind the cabinets. Ordinary caulk works well for this. Once the sources of food are eliminated, the moths should go away. No need to use insecticides.