How To Prevent Pantry Moths

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There are few things more frustrating than opening up a canister of flour only to see it’s infested with pantry moths. After you’re done freaking out, don’t worry. Contractor’s Best Pest Solution in Buford, GA, is here to help. We’ll not only come to your home to discuss your pest control needs we’ll also offer some prevention tips right here, so please keep reading!

Clean Like You’ve Never Cleaned Before

Once you’ve discovered you have a pantry pest problem, pull everything out and set it aside. Inspect your items and throw everything else that is infested into plastic trash bags. Tie the bags tightly and take them outside to discard them away from your home. Then, clean your pantry and/or cupboards from top to bottom and side to side with warm, soapy water after you’ve vacuumed them thoroughly to remove dust, eggs, and food crumbs.

Dry the Surfaces

Dry the interior surfaces thoroughly and then wipe them down with white vinegar. Pantry moths don’t like it, so it works as a repellent. To boost its repelling power, add a few drops of citronella, eucalyptus, peppermint, or tea tree oil to the vinegar and leave your pantry and cupboard doors open to dry and air the space out. You can also put bay leaves inside your food canisters, as pantry moths do not like them, either.

Store Your Food Differently

Speaking of canisters, it’s better to store everything in airtight ones. This keeps the moths out of food bags and boxes. In fact, they won’t be able to sense the food and will have no inclination to set up a home in your pantry and cupboards. Before you place your foodstuffs in the airtight containers, place them in the freezer for a week. This includes after you bring food home from the store. The week in the freezer kills any pantry moth eggs already in the food.

Panty Moth Favorites

Finally, keep in mind what pantry moths like. These annoying pests find dry pet food, flour, grains, pasta, seeds, and spices particularly palatable. They’ll also nest in your candy, cereals, chocolate, crackers, dried fruit, nuts, powdered milk, oats, and rice. This is why we recommend you keep everything in airtight containers after you freeze it for a week. They are formidable foes when it comes to kicking them out of your kitchen.

If you need help, don’t hesitate to give us a call today. Contractor’s Best Pest Solution helps Buford, GA, homes, and businesses with all of their pest control needs, and we’d be happy to help you, too.


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