How can I get rid of little moths - not the kind that eat clothing?

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Have little moths that came from grain or other food articles. They come out onto my kitchen ceiling at night.
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 25, 2016
    Those are pantry moths. There are sticky traps you can buy . The brand is safer available at Home Depot or hardware stores.
  • Elaine Elaine on Sep 25, 2016
    Unfortunately, I think you'll have to throw away any flour products, grains, anything the larvae could be hiding in. Give your pantry a thorough cleaning to get rid of any traces. I started storing my flours in the refrigerator to prevent this from happening again. A couple years, and so far so good. I'll always be on the lookout for them though!
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Sep 25, 2016
    Elaine is right. You have to get rid of the source and that means the entire pantry clean out.
  • Margiecook4 Margiecook4 on Sep 25, 2016
    Elaine & Johnchip are right, after cleaning out everything scatter bay leaves in the cupboards, it has worked for me since 1965. I replace with fresh bay leaves every year.
  • Shelly Moseng Shelly Moseng on Sep 26, 2016
    I ended up going through all my dry foods, including cake mixes, cereals, noodles. If infested, I tossed them. Put the few good items in my garage during Minnesota winter. Cleaned everything even removing shelves.they lay eggs or larva in tiny cracks. As it was, that winter I even removed the hanging end cupboard which had an opening. That was the mother lode. Using ammonia water I removed all those larva. Now everything is stored in glass jars.
  • Hel10604233 Hel10604233 on Sep 27, 2016
    They also love dry dog food!
  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Sep 17, 2020

    Hi there, we had an infestation of them last year. So frustrating and had to throw everything that wasn’t canned or in a sealed container out and completely clean and wipe every surface. We also bought sticky moth traps. Apparently, they have some kind of pheromone inside that attracts the moths and then they get stuck. We’ve also hung bay leaves in our pantry (my Mom’s advice) and that seems to work. They haven’t been back this year.

  • Ginger Casey Jones Ginger Casey Jones on Jun 19, 2021

    I cleaned out all my bread drawers, etc. I threw out all my rice, beans, etc Bisquick, flour and washed cabinets out. They are drastically better but not entirely gone. Freezing flour, etc. Is my next step and looking through my basement storage room 8s something I just realized I had not done yet. Good luck to us.

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