The Antagonizing Ants

The Antagonizing Ants

Getting Rid of the Pantry Moths in Your Kitchen

by Megan Schmidt

Have you ever gone to the kitchen for a late night snack and spied a moth fluttering around the room? Have you noticed that your food smells or tastes peculiar? If so, you may have pantry moths.

Knowing the Signs

If you have pantry moths, you may notice your food smells uninviting even though it has not yet expired. You may find brittle skins in your food that have been shed by the caterpillars. If you've noticed your cereal grains sticking together in clumps, it could be caused by moth secretions.

To determine whether or not moths have invaded your cupboards, search the corners of your pantry as well as boxes and containers for cocoon webbing. Also, be sure to look around the lips of jars and cans for webs.

In addition, if you see caterpillars or full-grown moths inside your pantry or cupboards, you already have an infestation.

What to Do

Once you know you have a moth problem, completely clear out your cupboards and pantry. Check all your foods to see if they are infested. If there are tiny holes in the packaging or the food smells unusual, discard it.  After all of the contaminated items have been placed in a trash bag, seal the bag and place it in an outside trash bin.

If your pantry has a lining, discard it and vacuum the shelves and walls. After you finish vacuuming, empty the vacuum canister or replace the bag.

Wash the shelves with soapy water or a half water-half vinegar solution, paying close attention to the cracks and corners. Scrape off any eggs that you find with steel wool. Once the shelves in your pantry or cupboards are dry, put fresh lining down.

Moth Prevention

Store your dry foods and grains, such as flour, pasta and rice, in sealable containers made of glass, hard plastic or metal. Additionally, purchase only as much food as you'll need until the next shopping trip or freeze your bulk food items. Freezing your dry foods, grains, nuts and dried milk can help kill any moth larva.

The following preventive measures can also be observed:

  • Moths like the humidity, so make sure your kitchen is well-ventilated and cool.
  • Set pheromone traps, which lure the moths in and trap them once they come in contact with the sticky material inside.
  • Try scattering bay leaves throughout your pantry to ward off an invasion.

If moths keep returning to your kitchen, call a local exterminator, such as BugOut Pest Control, in your area.


About Me

The Antagonizing Ants

Growing up, I lived in a home with a major ant problem. These pesky insects were especially bothersome during the driest months of summer. Without a moment’s notice, my parents, my sister, and I would find them crawling on our beds, our clothes, or our bodies. My father exhausted all means of eliminating the ants from our home. If you are dealing with a similar situation, don’t lose hope. An experienced pest control specialist can help you get rid of your antagonizing ants for good. This professional will investigate both the exterior and interior of your home in order to determine the proper solution for your problem. On this blog, you will learn the ways a pest control specialist can obliterate the ants on your property.