Will I Get Sick from Pantry Moths? | Dr. Killigan’s
What are Pantry Moths?
Pantry Moths are also known as Indian Meal Moths. They are known to live amongst kitchen cabinets, or pantries, and feed on dried goods such as:
- Dried fruits
Adult moths will lay their eggs near these packages, and once hatched the larvae will burrow their way through the plastic and box to feed. Through this process, they will molt and continue to grow. When they are ready to pupate, they will make their way to a resting place and spin into a cocoon until they are ready to hatch into an adult moth.
How Do I Know if I Have a Pantry Moth Infestation?
The first thing you will notice when you have a moth infestation is the fluttering creatures themselves. Unfortunately, by then, you most likely will already have had an issue for a while. So, when you begin to notice their activity, you need to check your dried pantry goods. Look for:
- Moth activity. You will see adult moths hiding in corners, on bags, or flying about when you open the doors to the pantry.
- Webbing in the product. Larvae spin as they move, leaving webbing behind that can make the food they are infesting clump.
- Active larvae. These will be tiny grub-like bugs that resemble grains of rice.
- Holes in bags or boxes. These may be a bit difficult to spot as the larvae are extremely tiny when they initially make this entry.
- Dust or residue. This can be produced from the foodstuff they bore their hole in.
- Fecal matter. You may have heard the saying that everyone poops, well so do moths. It may be difficult to see, but their brown specks are present with an infestation.
How Do I Get Rid of Pantry Moths?
Now the gross part. Since moth egg casings, and sometimes larvae are small, there is a possibility that you may have at some point in your life ingested one without your knowledge. However, moths do not carry diseases like other insects as roaches and flies do. When leftover casings sit in food, they can build bacteria over time and could cause minor stomach issues, but no major issues.
To get rid of moths from your pantry, you need to do four things.
- Install a trap to catch all adult moths to control the breeding process. The first thing is to stop them in their tracks. Dr. Killigan’s Premium Moth Traps™ is an excellent way to keep moths at bay so you can complete the process of ridding your home of moths.
- Purge your pantry of all affected products. This will depend on how squeamish you are. You can on some products like rice and grains sift or freeze your way to moth freedom, as stated you can eat eggs or casings that may be missed with no ill effects.
- Thoroughly clean your pantry. Now that you have an empty pantry, give every shelf a thorough wipe down. Pay special attention to corners, where larvae often go to complete their pupae stage.
- Monitor your progress. Keep an eye on your Dr. Killigan’s Premium Moth Traps™ for new moth activity.
Dr. Killigan’s Premium Pantry Moth Traps™ are specifically designed for Pantry Moths. The toxin-free pheromone is mixed into the glue, so there is no separate wafer to deal with. It is a simple trifold design, no glue touching involved. Our trap has a stylish design, disguising that it is a moth trap.
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