I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing more frustrating than going to grab your flour or rice out of the pantry to cook dinner, only to find that it’s been taken over by moths!

I once had a panic attack, thinking there were maggots in my kitchen, but it turns out they were just the larvae from the moths – though that still didn’t make me feel much better.

Once the buggers are in there, it’s really hard to get rid of them too.

clothes moths pest control

clothes moths pest control

There are typically two types of moths that can invade your home – Meal moths (which eat flour, muesli and rice), and Clothes moths (which feast on natural fibres such as fur, wool and fabrics).

Clothes Moths

The first indication of clothes moths might be finding holes in your best jumper. The larvae eat through any natural fibre and can cause damage to your clothing, your blankets and your carpets.

How to Spot them:

You might see the moths pictured flying around your home. You can also look on your clothes and furnishings for a sticky webbing nest that they build for their larvae to grow in.

How can I get rid of them?

  1. Start by vacuuming all visible signs away.
  2. Then wipe down all surfaces near where they have been nesting.
  3. Wash any affected clothing and nearby materials to ensure that you have killed off any eggs that may have been caught in the fibres.

How can I avoid getting them back?

  • Store wool, silk and other natural fibre clothing in garment bags or airtight containers when not in use – particularly when they are being stored away for the winter
  • Keep your storage cupboards ventilated where possible – don’t leave them idle for years
  • Use sachets of dried lavender or bay leaves and cloves or camphor as a natural deterrent

 

Meal Moths

Meal moths find their way into your pantry, particularly during the warmer months.

meal moth pest control

meal moth pest control

How to Spot them:

You’ll see signs of fluttering moths in the dark corners of your pantry or find moths sitting on the undersides of the shelves. Larvae and webbing in your foods is also a tell-tale sign.

clothes moth larvae

clothes moth larvae

How can I get rid of them?

  1. Start by discarding any affected food – make sure you check all your other pantry food including pastas, spices, flours and rice, as they can spread quickly.
  2. Clean your pantry shelves thoroughly – wipe down any surfaces and ensure you get right into the back, as that’s typically where the moths rest.

How can I avoid getting them back?

  • Keep foods in airtight containers
  • Clean out your pantry cupboard regularly
  • Inspect for out-of-date food and discard them when appropriate

 

I’ve done what you suggested but the moths just keep coming back!?

If you’ve followed the above recommendations and the moths just keep coming back, it might be time to call in a professional. King Arthur offers pest control treatments for all pests including the stubborn Meal and Clothes moths.

 

Get in touch today for a free quote.

 

References: Garrards Pest Review (2021 Vol 27 No1 – www.garrards.com.au).