The first step in handling a pantry moth infestation is to make sure that you do, indeed, have pantry moths. If you have never seen them before, it might take some time and research to figure out what they are. Some people mistake them for termites, fruitflies, or clothing moths. It can get even more confusing, and disgusting, if you first discover them in their pupae stage as worms in your food... so gross.
Pantry moths and clothes moth look different, and you can figure out which you have most easily by comparing the moths you have to pictures of both a clothes moth and a pantry moth. People often get confused because once pantry moths enter your home through food or grain products that you bring in, they can fly to and set up shop in other parts of your home as well. It is not uncommon to see a pantry moth in your bathroom, living room, or even in your bedroom clothing closets. If you find pantry moths in other areas of your home- the process to treat them is still the same: get rid of their food source, spray your cabinets and all affected areas with Aunt Norma's Pantry Moth Spray, and put out one (and only one) pantry moth trap.
You might have to wait a bit to see the results- these buggers can lay up to 300 eggs a day, so it's likely that there will be some survivors that were hidden in other areas while you sprayed. You will, though, start seeing less and less moths as the die-off process takes place on adults that you missed, or eggs that have hatched since you cleaned. It's really important to understand the life cycle of the pantry moth to understand what is happening while you are waiting for them to be permanently gone.
Think about it this way: how long have the moths been in your home? At up to 300 eggs a day, how many thousands of eggs are hidden in your home? You are likely to miss at least a few when you clean and spray, so there are going to be some still flying around or hatching afterwards.. and even one can start the whole process all over again. That's why it's so important to keep the food out of the pantry for at least a couple weeks (throwe out just about everything and keep any remaining or new food in the freezer or refridgerator... and I mean everything: (cereal, potato chips, sealed granola bars!!!!). It is really the only safe place for food during this process.
Also, make sure anyone in your household who eats cleans up after themselves and doesn't leave even a crumb for the moths to find. It is also crucial during this time that you touch up the cabinets/ pantry/ or any affected areas (which should be empty) with the pantry moth spray every couple days or so to keep the smell fresh, and drown any eggs hidden in the cracks. This will draw any moths away from teh pantry and out into the open where they will fall prey to the lure of a pantry moth trap or a rolled up magazine!!
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