Pantry moths and flour moths live inside grain based food. If you eat grain based food or you have grain based pet bird food in your home, you are at risk for a pantry moth infestation. It’s unlikely that you can avoid a flour moth problem even if you buy the freshest bird food. If you see one pantry moth flying around your bird room you’ve got a pantry flour moth infestation. This particular pantry moth has moved from the egg stage, through the larvae and pupae stages to an adult. Now it is ready to lay eggs.
Controlling a full blown pantry moth infestation is important. Since each adult pantry moth is capable of laying up to 400 eggs, it is easy to imagine how quickly the infestation can get out of hand.
If you’ve seen an adult pantry moth flying around your house or drowned in your bird’s water dish start looking for the eggs, larvae and pupae. This particular pantry moth has moved from the egg stage, through the larvae and pupae stages to an adult. Now it is ready to lay eggs. This moth may have been only one of 400 eggs!
The first step to getting rid of a pantry moth infestation is to find eggs, larvae and cocoons and eliminate them. Squish larvae, bag and outside trash all food with webbing. Wipe cocoons with vinegar and toss in the toilet. Your goal is to eliminate the next wave of eggs from hatching and stopping larvae and pupae from turning into adult moths and thereby laying eggs.
Once you’ve seen an adult pantry moth flying around your house or drowned in your bird’s water dish start looking for the eggs, larvae and pupae. Adult pantry moths lay their eggs in grain based such as bird food. Carefully examine bird food for webbing or worm-like moth larvae. Eggs are very small and hard to see. As a pantry moth may lay up to 400 eggs at a time, you may find it causes less grief to toss the bird food and thoroughly clean your food storage container.
Eggs hatch into larvae. Larvae are little off white worms with a brown head. Larvae eat the food prior to progressing to the cocoon stage. When you control the source of food, you control the next wave of infestation.
Cocoons tend to populate in corners, crevices in ceilings, floor boards, shelving and food storage containers. Carefully examine corners and crevices where larvae feel safe. Examine the seal of food storage containers as well inside the screw tops. Any crevice is an inviting place for cocoons to develop. Be on the lookout for spider web like webbing. If spotted, wipe area with vinegar.
Once the source of the pantry moths has been located it’s time to find out if they’ve spread to other food sources in your home, such as your kitchen pantry. Once you’ve located infested food sources, just put them in a garbage bag, seal it and throw it away in an outside garbage can.