Pantry moth is a moth whose larvae are pests of stored products such as dried food. They are often a pest in New Zealand kitchens and pantries.
There are several pest insects that will infest the dried foods stored in your pantry and around the home. In New Zealand the Meal Moth or Pantry Moth is often found flying around the kitchen. These grey moths lay their eggs on dried stored goods such as flour, cereals, grains etc. The larvae feed on the foodstuff and produce a webbing that is often the only indication of the spoiled food.
To get rid of pantry moth and their larvae follow these steps:
Prevention is better than cure - keep flour, rice, polenta, cereals, grains, pulses etc. in sealed containers such as Tupperware. Not only will this prevent infestations by insect or rodent pests it will help keep your foodstuffs fresh for longer.
If you already have an infestation:
Traps are a useful addition to this control program but are unlikely to eradicate the insects on their own as they catch adults only and leave the larvae infesting the food.
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