Feb 06, 2013 - 07:26 AM
Hi Bcollins, pantry moths and any type of pantry pest are the results of pests in a food product. If they are moths, then the main moth that we deal with in food products is the "Indian Meal Moth". The other moth is the "Angoumois Grain Moth". We have a page on related pantry pests here - http://www.epestsupply.com/red-confus...
Most people refer to these pests as "weevils" or "pantry moths", but the control is the same for both. Simply hanging a trap will not work. There is a process to go through.
First - Clean out the pantry completely and clean the shelves and vacuum all of the edges, etc to get rid of all the crumbs and debris that may have fallen in them.
Second - Go through all of the packages 1 by 1 in which there is a grain product. This includes dog food, cereal, flour (especially whole wheat or bread flour), cake mixes, etc. Look for evidence of moths, beetles, etc, and if you find anything in the food, throw it out. Forget freezing it, no one wants to eat frozen moths.
Third - Spray the pantry with a good residual insecticide such as -
Pestabs - http://www.epestsupply.com/product/PE... or get the equivilant aerosol -
and treat all of the cracks and crevices, shelfs etc. This will kill the adults and any moth larvae that are present OUTSIDE of the food.
Fourth - when you are certain that the food you are going to put back into the pantry is moth free, put it back.
As a precaution, you may also want to use a moth or pantry moth trap to trap them for added protection - http://www.epestsupply.com/product/JF...
This is what all pest companies would recommend, its the only way to be sure that you get rid of them.