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Souderton's Complete Guide To Pantry Moth Control

October 8, 2020

 

Eating insects may be acceptable in other countries, but here in America, it is generally not something we do. Thankfully, there are many regulations in place to ensure the quality of our food is kept safe and that insects stay away. Unfortunately, these regulations do not always stop pantry moths. If you are worried about finding moths inside your food, you are in the right place. Here is a complete guide to pantry moth control for you to use around your Souderton home.

What Are Pantry Moths?

Pantry moths, better known as Indian meal moths, are common food invading pests that live here in Souderton and across the United States. You can identify Indian meal moths by their copper reddish outer wings, antennae, and their elongated oval shape. Although adult pantry moths invade boxes of food, they are not the ones who are looking for a meal. It's their larvae that feed on dried, stored food products. These larvae, also known as grubs, are cream-colored and have a dark reddish-brown head. 

an Indian meal moth in a kitchen pantry

How Pantry Moth Infestations Start

Pantry pests like Indian meal moths get into homes in several ways. Most commonly, they invade dried food products at the facility where they are made and packaged. Damaged boxes of food in transit or being sold at stores are also common choices for moths looking for somewhere to lay their eggs. Some pantry moths invade homes from the outside and find opened boxes of food once they get indoors. How pest moths invade your home or if they can get inside at all, entirely depends on what preventative measures you take.

How To Prevent Pantry Moths

To prevent pantry moths, it takes vigilance and a bit of home repair. Here are some of the best tips our professional team has to offer.

  • At the store, thoroughly inspect boxes of food for damage, holes, or broken seals before buying them.

  • Repackage dried foods into airtight containers after every shopping trip.

  • Inspect the food in your home, throw away any boxes you suspect are contaminated, thoroughly clean your pantry, then put everything back.

  • Use a caulking gun or some liquid cement to seal up cracks in your home's exterior foundation and gaps around door and window frames.

  • Keep exterior lights turned off at night or consider investing in lightbulbs that are insect resistant.

  • Clean your home regularly and limit the number of rooms where you eat food to just one or two.

  • Fix leaky pipes and fixtures around your house.

  • Make sure your gutters are in good working order.

  • Use a dehumidifier inside your home.

Why Pantry Moth Infestations Are Difficult To Treat 

Once pantry moths have invaded your home, there is no easy way to get them out. You might catch an infested box of food early and throw it out before problems start, but you are more likely not to notice a problem until it's too late. Spreading from box to box and hiding out in your home where you don't see them, moths survive and cause issues regardless of what you do. The only way to ensure the problem goes away, it to get a professional involved.
 
At Moyer Pest Control, we know how to treat for pantry moths effectively. With advanced treatments and groundbreaking pest control strategies, we will take care of any pest problems causing trouble around your Souderton home. We promise you will not be disappointed.
 
Give us a call today to have your pantry pest problems dealt with or to answer any questions you might have about our services.

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