Pantry Moths, the biggest pain in the kitchen
No insect infestation is fun. Ants everywhere is a pain, cockroaches are ugly and a health hazard, spiders can be the things of nightmares, but Pantry Moths take the cake. Well, more like eat and lay their eggs in the flour you would use for cake.
Pantry Moth is just one of the names Plodia interpunctella has. The others are Indian Mealmoth, weevil moth, flour moth, and grain moth. Different names for the same pain in the backside.
These little critters make their way into your homes in the grains and flour that you bring home from the supermarket. The eggs can stay inactive for years before the right conditions bring the moths into your house.
The main sources of food for the Pantry moth is flour, bread, grains, rice, pasta, cereals, spices, dried fruit, and nuts. They eat almost as good as you do.
You might mistake the first flutter out of your cupboard as one that was trapped in but once you see one you must get rid of them. Sadly, the only way to do that is to clean out the cupboard and look through every bag, container, and box until your find the main source.
By the time that you know there is an infestation they may have spread to a number of items, so once you find one don’t stop looking. It could be many containers of half eaten cereal that are the harbingers of these powdery pests.
The average lifecycle of the Pantry moth is 50 days but in that time, they could have laid thousands of eggs as the female Pantry moth can lay up to 300 at a time.
It might not be the thought that makes your breakfast cereal taste any better, but you can win the war against Pantry moths. It just might take a whole Saturday.