Pantry moths

Asked September 18, 2019, 3:20 PM EDT

How do I eradicate an infestation of pantry moths in my kitchen and garage?

Marion County Oregon pantry pests

1 Response

Here is a great answer provided by Shari Gallup, MS Ohio State University Extension.

Eight (8) quick steps to get rid of pantry moths, also known as flour moths, and flour weevils:

  1. Remove everything from your pantry or cupboard and thoroughly clean the shelves with soapy water.
  2. Dry thoroughly before you put anything back.
  3. Inspect all your food. If you see webs in the corner of bags, bits of grains stuck together, grains hanging from the top of the bag or worse, the actual pantry moths themselves, throw the food out!
  4. Remove all food from plastic packaging and place in airtight sealed glass, ceramic or hard plastic jars. Pantry moths can actually poke holes through plastic bags.
  5. If you must use Ziploc bags, double bag them.
  6. Do not roll up plastic bags with an elastic (like I used to do with my rice). The moths will make their way into them.
  7. Place dried bay leaves in the corners of your shelves and in your flour, rice and grain containers. They deter pantry moths and flour weevils.
  8. Place all your containers back on the clean shelves.

Prevention is key so clean your cupboards and pantries every few months to deter them from coming back.

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