What Are Those Bugs in My Flour?!
To get rid of pantry moths, in addition to making dry goods unavailable to them, put containers out that they can lay their eggs in. The life cycle is long enough that if you dispose of them in the first garbage pickup of every month, they won't have time to hatch out.
I rarely have them any more but still do this to prevent a problem. I know they get into small holes and I don't know whether they prefer that to open containers. So my "mommy moth bait" containers have lids with holes. I save stale-dated dry goods in sealed mason jars for this purpose.
Hi! Trying to get rid of mine, and everytime it's almost gone I see some larvae again. Are you essentially using class contains with grain as bait? waiting for them to lay and then throw it out? Would liquid work to attract the larvae, similar to other bugs? like a tray with sprite and soap for example?
I have a small larva that is EVERYWHERE in my home if I set anything with sugar in it down,it is infested with worms/larva. Does anyone know what it might be
I have a few a day. I think they could've come in on a bag of stone ground corn meal. I've never had them before. The sticky trap works well, and I'm not bothered by fluttering wings. I think they took up residence in a credenza that I had put a lot of dried orange peel in. The orange peel was to get rid of a musty smell (it was from my late father in-laws' house). I'm switching to glass jars and rigid plastic canisters. And lots of bay leaves. They like to settle up very high on the wall. I manage to swat a few most days, but they leave a black sooty smear. It's a nuisance to clean.
Better than mice, at least.
I had an infestation of these annoying pest due to storing bird seed in my basement. Needless to say I don't feed birds anymore as these little monsters were driving my wife crazy, not me so much but still annoying and embarrassing. This was over a year ago and now this spring I been noticing a few of these flying around. I'm going to try the traps as discussed here. In the mean time I just try to kill the ones flying around. If I catch one sleeping hanging on a wall, etc. instead of smashing them and getting the mess on the wall it I've been using handheld cordless vacuum to suck them in, works great, give it try. We have one of those Dysons so I think they also get chopped up as it sucks them in.
Do u worry about storing vac and spreading to other rooms when u use vac. How do u clean interior of vac?
We have them everywhere! I've cleaned the cabinets out. What else can I do? They are on the ceilings in the kitchen, living room and bathroom! They are making us nuts! Do I have to clean the tops of the cabinets too? Will bleach be a good option? Traps? I really don't know. It's making me crazy.
I've been fighting them for 6 months! The traps work great but you need to find their source! I found a worm in the rim of an as yet not opened jelly jar! They had not gotten into the jelly but we're in the rim!! So you have to check EVERY package, jar, box, etc. to wipe them out! They can come in on fabric, cereal, flour, grain products, any dry food products. Good luck. I'm still waging war on the moths. Check fabric napkins, table runners, everything!
The pheromone traps really work! You’ll probably have to use them for a couple years after cleaning because the larvae can get into crevices you don’t see. Just keep atit!
I had pantry moths last Fall - threw away everything, took all the shelves and brackets off washed everything with bieach, sprayed poison in all the brackets, invested in air tight containers to store everything. I literally don’t put any boxes or bags in cupboards. I put rice and pasta in the freezer when I bring it home for a week before dumping it in air tight container. I washed every can and jar. I put peppermint oil in the pantry with traps. Went 6 months with not one moth and all of sudden killed one. Checked my trap and 3 more dead ones in there. Do these things hibernate somewhere? Will they ever be eradicated?