No one wants to share their living and eating space with bugs and other pests, but invitation or not, these critters have a way of making our homes into their homes. Pantry moths do this quite often, and they can pose a threat to your health if they get into your food and lay eggs — aside from the fact that it’s just not appetizing to share your kitchen with uninvited winged creatures. So, if you think you might have a moth problem in your home, we’ll tell you how to identify the buggers and what to do about them.
How do pantry moths get inside a home?
Oftentimes, we are the ones who inadvertently bring moths into our homes by purchasing dry groceries that already have moths or moth larvae inside of them. This can even happen with sealed bags and boxes. Some examples of food products that have been found to contain moths include: flour, pasta, cereal, breads, beans, spices and cookies. You should be even more wary about pet food, and especially birdseed, because these products are not as highly regulated as human foods. A good rule of thumb is to store your pet foods in the garage or a storage shed that’s far away from your kitchen pantry.
Identifying Pantry Moths
Moths can thrive almost anywhere inside a home, but your pantry is probably the easiest place to spot them — or see the aftereffects of them living there. If you notice that your food containers or packaging have lots of small holes, then you probably have a pantry moth (also called Indianmeal moths) problem. You can be sure of it by smelling or touching the food inside the containers with holes. If the food smells different than usual or is sticky when it shouldn’t be, there are moths lurking nearby.
At this point, you should have a good look around your pantry to see if you can find any moths. They look like brown or dull-colored butterflies. If you don’t see any, they may simply be very adept at hiding; alternatively, you could have a larvae infestation. Another sure sign of a pantry moth problem is webbing in dark places.