Pantry moths are not only a nuisance as they swarm inside your pantry, but they can also cost you money, as you will need to dispose of food that they have infested. How can you get rid of pantry moths once and for all?
Deep Clean the Pantry and Surrounding Areas
The first thing you should do to get rid of pantry moths is to remove everything from inside your pantry. Then deep clean each and every shelf with a mild detergent, paying particular attention to the top of cupboards, in nooks and crevices and other regions that can be hard to see, but where pantry moths like to burrow and build nests. Look around at surrounding areas, including the ceiling, where some pantry moths can be clearly seen, and use the hose attachment of your vacuum cleaner to get rid of pantry moths and their larvae from the surrounding area.
Remove Contaminated Food
Remove contaminated food immediately. Pantry moths do not just get into open boxes of cereal and other products; they can also get in between the flaps of unopened boxes, which will make them harder to see. Look for tell-tale signs of damaged packaging or gnawing (an indication that pantry moths have struck again) to see if food has been contaminated.
Use Bay Leaves or Peppermint Spray
Some effective ways to get rid of pantry moths for good include adding pungent-smelling products such as bay leaves or peppermint sprayed inside the pantry cupboards to repel moths from returning and building new nests. Wait for the peppermint to dry before replacing food inside the pantry.
Place Food Inside Glass Containers, Jars and the Fridge
Pantry moths can be difficult to get rid of, because you may be continuing to inadvertently supply a food source to these little pests. Remove pasta, flour, noodles, rice, couscous and dried beans from their packaging and place these food items inside clean glass containers, jars and inside the fridge. Seal containers and jars tight, so that pantry moths cannot get inside.
Food such as canned fruit, vegetables, soups and securely sealed jarred food is safe from pantry moths. Simply wipe these down with a soapy cloth or sponge to remove any dead moths or larvae and replace them inside the pantry.
If you have a problem with pantry moths, you will have to be patient while dealing with the problem until you have completely eliminated all traces of pantry moths, as they can come back if you are not thorough in your approach. Start by deep cleaning the pantry and removing all contaminated food. Place bay leaves on the shelves and spray peppermint spray to repel the pantry moths. Finally, place uncontaminated food inside glass containers and jars for added protection.
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