Pantry moths are tiny little insects with nearly invisible eggs and small white larvae. These moths are often found in areas where food is stored, and can contaminate the contents in the pantry. Even a single pantry month flying around in your storage area is a cause for concern because you might have a full infestation without even realising it. At Knock-Down Pest Control, we encourage clients to call us immediately if you see signs of a moth infestation. The longer you ignore the problem, the harder it’s going to be to eliminate all the moths in your pantry.
Where can you find them?
Pantry moths, often known as Indian meal moths, draw nutrition from certain food items. You won’t find them hiding in walls and crevasses but in the food ingredients. The moths are commonly present in:
- Bird seed
- Cereals and grains
- Dried fruit
- Dried herbs
- Flours and meals
- Pet food
- Powdered milk
If you purchase and bring a contaminated bag of any of the above mentioned items, you’re likely to get a full pantry infestation.
What are the signs of infestation?
Adult moths flying around aren’t the only sign of the infestation. In fact, they’re the last sign of the problem. You can find other signs well before the larvae develop into adults and cause more problems. Here are some things you need to be on the lookout for:
- Look for small white and grey larvae in your food items. You’re more likely to find them in grain based items like pasta, cereal, flour, and baking mixes. These larvae are designed to blend in with the flour but if you look closely enough, you can spot them easily.
- These moths do produce webbing like spiders. Most people assume they’re spider webs and don’t take them seriously enough. However, it’s a good idea to double check if you have pantry moths if you have these webbings on your kitchen utensils and pantry boxes.
- These moths and their larvae are found in pet food so check them as well. Some people store pet food and human food separately and fail to check the former for signs of infestation.
- Look for small white larvae clinging to the lids of cans and canisters, spice jars, and other such items. The larvae are attempting to get in and access the food stored inside.
How can we help?
If you spot the signs mentioned above, call us immediately. We’ll send a pest control expert your way and help you resolve the problem quickly. Here’s what we can do for you:
- Assess – We’ll inspect the entire area to ensure there’s an infestation and isolate the pockets of it.
- Discard – All food items that have been infested need to be discarded immediately. If you attempt to salvage them, you’ll place your health at risk.
- Cleaning – We’ll clean and vacuum the entire place thoroughly and remove all lingering eggs and larvae.
- Treatment – We’ll treat the area with safe and effective chemicals to eliminate all lingering pests.
If you want to know more about our pest control services, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Knock-Down Pest Control today! You can reach us through our contact us form or call 1300 262 463 and we’ll be happy to assist you.