The pantry moth or Indian meal moth is considered to be the most troublesome of the moths infesting stored products in the United States. They attack all cereal products, whole grains, dried fruits, pet foods, bird seed, dried milk and nuts. Damage is caused by the larvae spinning silken threads as they feed and crawl, thus webbing the particles of food together. Small moths are often noticed flying in a zigzag fashion around pantries and other infested areas.
Indian meal moths are most often introduced into the home in packaged goods and groceries. Here are a few tips on keeping them at bay:
- Inspect foods for possible infestation before you purchase.
- Store susceptible foods in as dry a place or container as possible.
- Infested food items can be thrown away or salvaged by freezing for 1 week.
Clean up food spills promptly, paying close attention to cracks and crevices.Vacuuming will remove many hiding insect pests. Empty the vacuum cleaner after use to prevent re-infestation.