So, As many of you have noticed, as the weather warms up, Those darn pantry moths you thought you got rid of last fall are all of a sudden BACK!! "What the heck is going on?", you ask, as just the sight of a single pantry moth flying around the kitchen brings back those feelings of disgust and panic you felt the last time you had to deal with this pest.
The truth is, that although you may not have seen them in awhile, these moths are probably part of the original gang that you were dealing with before. Under normal circumstances, a pantry moth egg/ larvae hatches in 2-14 days. When the weather cools off, though, the larvae can go into somewhat of a hibernation mode, and they can stay in their lovely cocoon for months. When the weather warms up, all of a sudden, these moths decide it's time to emerge. As a single female moth can lay up to 300 eggs, it is unlikely that you got all of the eggs the last time around (especially since the moths can lay eggs ANYWHERE...like on the underside of picture frames or in corners of other rooms besides the kitchen). So don't immediately assume that the moths are back in your food. You likely can avoid a full-blown pantry clean out with just a few simple steps. Keep in mind- these are probably just left over moths, so if you nip it in the bud, you can avoid another full-blown infestation.
The very first thing I would recommend doing is putting out a pantry moth trap. This is the most effective place to start that also requires the least amount of effort. Just place a pantry moth pheromone lure trap someplace close to where the pantry is- like on top of the refrigerator. A pantry moth trap will lure and trap the male moths, so that the breeding cycle is interrupted hopefully before it begins! I would also be careful to protect the food in your pantry to prevent the moths from feeding on it. The easiest way to do this is to seal all food items in glass or suction-lid containers. I like to keep most of my grain products in the freezer to eliminate ANY chance of moth infestation. Another easy trick is to spray an insect repellent, like Aunt Norma's Pantry Moth Spray, around the cabinets and shelving. Be sure to use a NON-TOXIC spray if you are going to do this without removing the food first. Aunt Norma's is made from natural essential oils so it is safe to spray directly around sealed containers (obviously not IN the actual food) to deliver the scent that keeps discourages moths without having to worry about chemicals in and around your food.
If you follow these easy steps, you should be able to get ahold of a moth re-infestation before it becomes a big issue (or ruins your groceries!!). Anyone who has spent countless hours cleaning out their pantry and throwing away hundreds of dollars of food knows that it is better to quash a moth problem before the moths take over. Being vigilant when you first see a moth can prevent a lot of needless work and expense later. You know what they say about an "ounce of prevention"!!