A Helpful Guide To Keeping Pantry Moths Out Of Your Katy Home
Do you like sharing your food? For most people, it all depends on the situation. If you are at a birthday party and there are mini sandwiches and chips for everyone to share then it is perfectly acceptable. Eating alone at a restaurant and having someone come over and ask for a bite, on the other hand, is not ok. If you don’t like strangers eating your food, you will not like pantry moths. Fortunately, we have everything you need to know to keep these annoying food stealers out of your Katy home. Here is where we recommend you start.
What Are Indian Meal Moths
Indian meal moths, also known as pantry moths, are common home-invading pests here in Katy. What you might find interesting is that Indian meal moths themselves don’t want to eat your food. What they want is to lay their eggs inside packages of dried, stored food products so that their larvae may eat as much as they would like. Once larvae have fully grown into adult moths, they will leave their food haven and look for a new place to lay eggs. This is how infestations spread.
If you find any food that appears infested by these pests, throw it away immediately. With some luck, this might prevent an infestation before it can spread throughout your home.
How Pantry Moth Infestations Starts
Pantry moth infestations do not always start with a moth inside your home. Although these pests do live out in the wild and occasionally enter into homes through open windows, doors, or damaged areas, they more commonly invade further away. Despite their best efforts, food processing facilities and supermarkets are sometimes hotspots for pantry moth activity. If moths invade a product at the store or processing plant that made it, an infestation might start from the food you buy.
How To Prevent Pantry Moths
Beyond throwing away food contaminated with baby moths, there are several things that you should be doing to keep these annoying pests out of your home. Here are some of the best recommendations our experts have for you to use.
- Thoroughly inspect boxes of food for holes or damage before buying.
- Keep your home as clean as possible, and make sure not to leave leftover food out.
- Use a caulking gun to seal up cracks in your home’s exterior and gaps around window and door frames.
- Perform a detailed inspection of all of your stored food items for webbing or larvae, throw out any contaminated items.
- Regularly vacuum and clean out places where you store food.
A Better Way To Handle Pantry Moths
There will always be cautionary measures you must take to keep these pests out of your home. What we can do is make sure no moths or other pests from outside get inside through the exterior of your home. If you are dealing with a pantry moth infestation and need it dealt with quickly, or are looking for a long term solution to keep pests in general out of your Katy home, let the experts at Modern Pest Control help. With game-changing techniques, we will apply advanced treatments around your home designed to keep a large number of common and invasive pests away.
Give us a call today to talk to one of our pest control service representatives and to find a pest control plan that best fits you and your home’s needs