How to get rid of pantry moths?

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Removed everything from pantry. Destroyed all boxes and bags of food. Washed all cans, small appliances and cookware with soap and bleach mixture. Washed and painted all walls and shelves. Waited several weeks, no moths. Gradually started putting items back. Now 5 months later, we have at least 1 or 2 moths per day. I thought about caulking the seams, crevices and wall joints where the shelf meets the wall. Any other ideas?
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  • Heather Pendragon Heather Pendragon on Feb 16, 2018
    Only the males fly and it's only them who fertilize the eggs...you have to trap the males! They actually make moth traps! They are sold on Amazon and work great!
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 16, 2018
    remove everything out....wash down with white vinegar, allow to dry, insert pantry moth traps by safer
  • Emily Emily on Feb 16, 2018
    Hi Joyce, I will tell you what finally worked for us after months of this infestation. We bought at our local hardware store a kind of trap for the moths. It is a triangular piece of cardboard with some kind of stick um on it. Also if you haven't done this put each individual food item in packages (cans don't need this) flour, cereals, rices, pasta etc. into your freezer overnight. make sure you know which has been done and those that remain to be done. That will kill the moths/larvae. Good luck . . . this is one of the most annoying household irritations.

  • Kat22350397 Kat22350397 on Feb 16, 2018
    The only thing that has ever worked for me is Safer brand traps. They are cardboard and tent shaped -- about 2x3x1 in. and sticky inside. Mine only trapped a few but the moths were gone in a few days and haven't come back. (I keep the trap out). They are stupid expensive-- about $7-- but a bargain compared to throwing out food every few weeks. Also: Pay attention to where you shop. Buy grains, nuts in smallish bags and keep in fridge. Haven't had one since.
  • Kim Kim on Feb 16, 2018
    Hi, I tried everything to get rid of moths and the infestation just got worse. The moths got into canisters, sealed plastic bags, and Tupperware! The tent traps reduced their numbers but I just kept bringing more moths in from my store.
    Then I found the “Stinger Indoor Insect Trap“. It has been plugged in and running in my pantry for close to 10 years. I’ve replaced the bulb once. I have no moths. None. I never see any flying, I have found no nests, and nothing is in any of my dry goods.
    Amazon carries it and it is worth every penny!
  • Imjhale Imjhale on Feb 16, 2018
    Did u remove shelves? I found nests behind them along the height of the shelf next to the wall, also in edges of wallpaper at top of the ceiling. Try Borax at edges and seams also
  • You need to clear out your entire kitchen, yes, all the pots, pans, dishes, and clean every square inch of your kitchen. My house and kitchen is small and even though the food and spice area was cleaned first, there still were a bunch in all the other kitchen cabinets. I always had Bay leaves in my cabinets too.


    And I used 409 till this stuff arrived . . ,

  • Joyce A. Joyce A. on Feb 16, 2018
    Heather, Emily, Katykelly, Kim, Imjhale and Naomi’s thanks so much for the quick replies. I also sprayed a solution of white vinegar and water in the crevices, that might have been only a temporary fix.
    I will look for the traps this weekend at Home Depot or Ace. I will try the freezer trick too. Wish us luck.
  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Feb 20, 2018
    Store all dry goods in either glass jars or plastic containers with tight fitting lids and you will not have to waste so much food. Moth balls usually deter moths but the smell may be too strong for a closed cupboard.
  • NC Landlady NC Landlady on Feb 20, 2018
    The best product I found was.. http://www.terro.com/terro-pantry-moth-traps Worked like a charm. Toss all the food you had in there, wash down the shelves and stick these traps in there. After a bit and you are sure they are gone, put Bay leaves in your all your cupboards. That will deter them from coming back. The Bay leaves also keep most ants away!
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