Pantry Moth Control
How To Get Rid Of Moths In The Kitchen
Are you noticing small moths flying around inside your kitchen? If you are, you may have pantry moths infesting your home. Also known as Indian meal moths, these pests become prevalent during July and August in Cleveland, OH. In order to eradicate them, a thorough inspection is necessary to identify their source. This can become a daunting task. For many people, it becomes necessary to call in an exterminator who specializes in controlling pantry moths.
First, your home will undergo a thorough inspection. As a result potential sources within the infested area can be identified. Additionally hidden problem areas can be located. By doing so, the potential for re-infestation is minimized. Keep in mind that Indian meal moths play a very specific role in nature. This is to break down certain vegetative matter. If you remove their food source, you control their population.
Sadly enough, in most cases, the infestation is rooted farther from the kitchen. By only throwing out your old pancake mix, it is likely you are scratching the surface. Usually we are able to trace Indian meal moths back to a bird’s nest in the chimney, or a wall void that a rodent stored their acorns in. Further down on this page we list lots of places that these pests can be found. So check it out.
Signs of Indian Meal Moths Inside The Home:
Adults: Compared to many other moths in Ohio, pantry moths are relatively small- 3/8″ long. The wing tips are coppery tan in color. Yet the portion of the wings closest to the body are white. This feature makes it easy to tell Indian meal moths apart from clothing moths. You may find them zig zagging in flight around your home at night. Since they are nocturnal, lights may attract them into different areas of the home.
Larvae: It is the small white larvae that cause damage by contaminating your food. As they develop they weave tunnels in their food (or your food). These tunnels are made with silk and frass. Depending on the age, and the level of infestation, silk webs may be visible. While feeding they either stay inside the tunnel or close by. Over time, their bodies may become tinged with yellow, green, or pink pigmentation. When mature, at 1/2″- 5/8″ long, they are white caterpillars with black heads. Before pupating, these fully mature caterpillars leave a trail of silk along their path. If there is no place to pupate within the layers of food, larvae will climb up walls to find a spot. Interestingly enough, they can travel way outside of the infested area to weave their cocoons.
Pupae: Just like their butterfly relatives pantry moths undergo complete metamorphosis. This means the larvae weave a tiny yet noticeable cocoon inside cabinet and wall crevices. Sometimes you can find the silk webs on the top of pantry walls.
Tips And Tricks For Pantry Moths:
Where To Look For A Pantry Moth Infestation:
Did you know that corn meal used to be called Indian meal? Therefore look for Indian meal moths in the obvious places. First inspect your corn meal and other stored grains. These pests eat a wide variety of vegetable matter. Actually the only non-plant material these cannibals eat are themselves. When dealing with an infestation, look for them in the following items: Cornmeal, flour, oatmeal, cereal, pancake and muffin mix, nuts, rice, dog bones, dried pet food, crackers, pasta, dried fruit, protein powder and other nutritional drink mixes, bird seed, fish food, spices, seasoning packets, tea, soup mix, potpourri, dried floral arrangements, decorative corn stalks, deer antlers, bird and rodent nests, rodent food cache, rodenticide bait, and feathers.