Pantry moths require good detective work to eradicate. These moths will feed on just about anything we store in our cupboards and easily can infest multiple packages of foods. Only the larvae feed and they will be well hidden inside the closed packages.
Don’t overlook a single package of food product, for these moths eat dried fruit, nuts, grains, processed foods from grain products, baking goods, pet foods including bird and fish food, spices, peppers, chips, breads, and even whole grains like corn, rice, wheat, etc. Every package needs to be opened, including those that look sealed and impervious to the moths, for the larvae easily chew through paper and cardboard and thin plastic wrapping.
The key to control of clothes moths is proper identification. Adult clothes moths are just a nuisance. It is the larvae that create the most damage to fabrics and upholstered furniture.
A thorough inspection is crucial for the control of clothes moths.
When storing clothes and fabrics, they should be sealed correctly in containers with lids. Questionable materials should be laundered regularly because not only will the fabric be appealing to them, but the odor of sweat and urine will be highly attractive to clothes moths. You may also see infestations in areas that are in constant contact with people like upholstered couches and closets.
If you suspect you have a moth problem, be sure to call a pest professional to treat the problem.