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Pest Spotlight: How To Keep The Pantry Moths Away In Anaheim

December 11, 2022 - Pantry Pests

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When you think about pests in your home, the scariest thought is usually getting bitten or stung. However, if you have pantry moths in your home, you’ll have to worry about them getting into your food. Imagine how startling it would be to open up a box of pancake mix and find these bugs crawling around inside. 

At A-1 Bonded Termite, we understand how off-putting pantry pests can be, and we want to help keep them out of your home. We have the tools, training, and experience in Anaheim pest control needed to keep pantry moths and other pests out of your food. To find out how to keep pantry months out of your kitchen, check out this helpful guide or give us a call to see how we can help!

What Are Pantry Moths?

Pantry moths are a common species of household pest usually found in pantries and cupboards. These winged insects are typically gray, brown, and tan. Pantry moths are also known as Indian meal moths because they feed on corn meal.

Adult pantry moths can fly but usually fly in a fluttering pattern rather than a direct flight line. They are attracted to light and will fly around your home away from the source of the infestation.

Are Pantry Moths In The House Harmful To Human Health?

Having pests in your home can be uncomfortable. This is especially true when those pests can fly and end up in places you don’t expect them. The good news about pantry moths is that they don’t bite or sting and aren’t directly harmful to humans.

The biggest issue caused by pantry moths is what they do when they get into your food supply. Pantry moths can infest open or damaged food packaging in your home and contaminate it. While this contaminated food may not be harmful, it should still be discarded immediately.

Why Do Pantry Moths Invade Pantries?

Pantry moths invade our homes and pantries in search of a place to reproduce. These moths need a safe place with access to an abundant food supply to lay their eggs in, which they can find in the open food containers inside pantries or cupboards.

These moths can sneak into Anaheim homes through a variety of ways to gain access to these essential resources. Some common ways pantry moths enter homes include:

  • Open doors and windows

  • Dryer vents

  • Plumbing lines

  • Cables in walls

  • Infested food packages

If you don’t know how moths are getting into your home, a free inspection from A-1 Bonded Termite will be able to determine the source of your pantry moth infestation. 

The Best Solution To A Pantry Moth Infestation In Your Kitchen

Keeping pantry moths out of your home can be difficult, but it isn’t an impossible task. There are steps you can take to prevent a pantry moth infestation:

  • Avoid purchasing food with damaged packaging

  • Store pantry items in hard-sided or plastic containers with airtight lids

  • Store pet food and bird food in airtight containers

  • Clean up any crumbs in your pantry as soon as you see them

  • Seal cracks or gaps around your doors and windows to keep adult pantry pests out

  • Check your pantry for expired food and remove any items past their expiration date

These steps can help keep pantry pests like pantry moths out of your home. However, that doesn’t mean they are a substitute for professional pest control.

At A-1 Bonded Termite, we offer home pest control plans to protect your home from a variety of common Anaheim area pests, including pantry moths. When you work with us, we will inspect your home for signs of pantry moths and take the necessary steps to eliminate the entire infestation.

Keep your food and your family protected from pantry moths with the help of A-1 Bonded Termite. Call us today for all your home pest control needs!

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