The Pantry Moth Trap
Q1: I have my trap out. The moths fly in and out of it, but don’t get stuck. The trap doesn’t feel sticky. What am I missing?
There is a protective layer of wax-like paper designed to keep the trap from sticking to itself in the packaging. Once you remove it, the glue will be exposed and the trap will have its maximum effect. See instructions on the back of the box for more help.
Q2: Will these work in my closet for clothing moths?
Probably not. Different moths are attracted to different pheromones. Pantry moth traps work specifically on moths attracted to food. We have received reports from customers that they have had success using our traps in their closets. However, there is no way for us to confirm this, and Dr. Killigan’s Pantry Moth Traps are designed to be used around food.
Q3: I touched the glue on the trap, how do I get it off my skin?
A: First off, the glue is non-toxic and not harmful, but you want to avoid contact with it because it is very sticky. If it gets on your skin, gently rub it with vegetable oil and then wash with soap and water. Repeat if necessary.
Q4: My traps have many moths, but I am still seeing moths flying around. What else can I do?
A: Placing moth traps in your kitchen will stop the mating process by trapping males. In order to eliminate the overall problem (females and juveniles included), it is important to find the contaminated food source. Look inside plastic bags, cereal boxes, and in the corners of the cupboards. Look for small globs of webbing with tiny black dots of feces. Remove them from your house or apartment immediately. Then clean your cupboards and pantry with a mild detergent.
Q5: My traps are out, but they don’t seem to be catching many moths. What should I do?
A: Check FAQ 1.
Check Wikipedia. Verify that the moths you are targeting are Plodia interpunctella. While these traps often catch other varieties of food moths, this is the main problem moth and number one target. If your moths are different, this very well could be the reason for your lack of success. But no matter what type of moth you have, be sure to also try Number 3 below.
Change it up. Give it three or four days, and try something different. If you have had your traps out on top of the cupboard, try putting them inside the cupboard. If they’ve been down low in the pantry, put them up high. Experiment a little and then wait for a few days. Sometimes a little change can yield great rewards. Once you have found the “sweet spot,” leave the trap there to maximize its trapping power.
Q6: How long do these traps last? When should I replace them?
A: The pheromone attractant is effective for three months once they have been removed from the foil wrapper. After three months, they lose potency. Of course, you may need to dispose of them sooner if they are full of moths and there is no more surface area for new moths to stick.
Q7: Does the color choice matter?
A: Nope. The products are exactly the same except for the print-design.
Q8: Where should I place these?
A: Set traps in kitchens, pantries, cupboards, basements, and garages.
Q9: Do these traps attract both male and female moths?
A: No. They attract only male moths.
The Fly Inn
Q1: I just recieved my product; where do I place it?
Choose windows that seem to be high traffic or “popular hangouts” for bugs. There are usually two to four windows in a home that seem to attract bugs more than others. Place your traps on these windows.
These traps work best at the bottom edge of the glass. Clean the glass so the trap will stick well. Run your finger along the inside edge of the trap to adhere it more completely to the glass surface. (Obviously be careful not to push your finger too far into the trap, or else you’ll get some glue on you).
I touched the glue on the trap, how do I get it off my skin?
First off, the glue is non-toxic and not harmful, but you want to avoid contact with it because it is very sticky. If it gets on your skin, gently rub it with vegetable oil and then wash with soap and water. Repeat if necessary.
What kind of flies do these work for?
These work for flies and other insects that crawl on windows.
How long do these traps last?
These last until they are full.
How do I get it off my window?
When removing the traps from your window, think slow. If you rip them off too quickly, some of the adhesive may be left behind. To remove them cleanly with no residual left on the window, pull firmly, but take your time. To remove any excess glue, fingernail polish remover or rubbing alcohol should take it off without any problem.
The Insect Buster
Q1: How long should I leave DE Powder out before cleaning it up?
For maximum results, We recommend at least 24-48 hours before cleaning.
Q2: Can I clean it with a vacuum?
A: It is not recommended, unless you have a HEPA filter on it; it can ruin your vacuum.
Q3: Does it have to be “food grade?”
A: No. But if you are using it in your kitchen, it is ideal to go with food grade DE. Insect grade DE should not be used around food.
Q4: Can I use “swimming pool” DE powder?
A: No. This is unsafe and ineffective; do not use this inside or around food.
Q5: How does DE powder work?
A: DE dehydrates insects rather than kills them with insecticidal toxins. That said, it takes time for the dehydration process to take place. DE is not a “dead, on contact” solution, but it is very effective. Use breathing protection to protect your lungs from irritation.
Q6: How long does it take to work?
A: It starts to work immediately, but since it works by dehydrating insects, it usually takes about 48 hours to fully take effect.
Q7: The DE powder is clumping, what do I do?
A: Diatomaceous Earth is a very fine powder and clumps very easily. This can result in small inconsistencies in flow with most powder applicators on the market. To avoid this, place a marble in the bulb when filling, and shake periodically to break up any small clumps. A coin also works.
Q8: What is the additional brass rod for?
A: It’s an “extension rod”. Use it to get into those hard-to-reach places. Just unscrew the curved brass tip from the aluminum lid and thread the extension rod in its place. Now add the curved top to the nut-connector at the end of the extension rod and viola!