Powerful Pantry Moth Trap - 15 Pack

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  • Proven to be effective at catching Indian Meal Moths and Mediterranean Flour Moths
  • Non-Toxic, Odourless and Safe for use in your kitchen
  • 15 Pantry Moth Traps (3x 5 Pack)
  • Easy to set-up and discrete
  • 8 week product life span once activated
  • Pheromones Engineered in Germany exclusive to MothPrevention | Proven to outperform other moth traps in the market
  • Recommended by Professional Pest Controllers - see the video on this page from Daly Termite and Pest Management

Use to catch adult male Pantry Moths on a sticky glue strip impregnated with Natural Moth Pheromones - Monitors level of Infestation and Interrupts the breeding cycle to reduce the population of Pantry Moths

The moth traps are highly effective and we have reduced our infestation dramatically! We will continue to use the traps for the foreseeable future so that we will be sure and capture males from any remaining hatches. Our infestation has been the Indian Meal Moth. I highly recommend these traps if you are having problems with this particular pest.
Bentley Robison
Powerful Pantry Moth Trap - 15 Pack
£25.95
£29.40

Your Path to a Moth-Free Life

We know that it can be frustrating and stressful when your pantry, kitchen cupboards and other food storage areas are being invaded by pantry moths. We’ve walked in your shoes and feel your pain. The good news is that we are here to guide you through the process of getting rid of pantry moths.

As a small family-company we’ve successfully served over 125,000 customers throughout the country just like you.

How do our Pheromone Pantry Moth Traps Work?

It is the larvae of the Pantry Moth that will be eating your dried foods, pet foods and birdseed. Adult (flying) clothes moths only live around a month, they cannot actually eat, and their sole mission is to mate - the females lay nearly 200 eggs during that brief time. What our traps do is to attract male moths who think they ‘smell’ a female only to get stuck on our sticky pheromone board. By eliminating the male moths, our traps take them out of the breeding cycle, progressively reducing the population over time. The quality of the Pheromones is critical to the success of trapping moths for both monitoring the level of activity and ultimately stopping the infestation of your food. The powerful Moth Pheromones make these Mediterranean Flour Moths Indian Meal Moth Pheromone Traps extremely effective.

Why do our Pantry Moth Traps cost more than others?

We engineer our clothes moth trap pheromones in Germany and exclusively serve the UK market with those pheromones. We will not sell cheap Chinese-produced pantry moth traps with sub-standard pheromones. Our moth traps are proven to out-perform others on the market and, so much so, that our clothes moth traps are recommended by professional Pest Controllers.

We’ll be with you every step of the way to deal with your moth infestation, providing you guidance on the best use of your clothes moth traps, followed by a series of post-purchase check-in’s to ensure you are getting the results you want, and we’re always available to help with any advice as needed. This level of support totally sets us apart from others.

What to expect from our Pantry Moth Traps

Your pantry moth traps should start catching the male moths within a day or two, but it will take time to reduce the population if there are moth larvae present that pupate into a new cycle of adult moths. This can be a process that extends over several months.

Pantry Moth Traps are the ideal starting point, especially as they give you a clear idea of how bad the infestation is and whether you are seeing success (a reduced daily catch rate over time is good news!). If the infestation is persistent, you may want to read our blog post on How To Get Rid Of Pantry Moths. Full of helpful information on how to check, clean and remove larvae and eggs, this post will help you to reduce the severity of a serious infestaion.

With our guidance, you will deal with your moth infestation, protect your dry food stuffs, and take away the stress of dealing with these pests.

Our food moth traps are proven to be effective at catching Indian Meal Moths and Mediterranean Flour Moths. 15 Pack(3x 5pk). Non-toxic, odourless and safe pantry moth traps for use in your domestic kitchen.

These pheromone pantry moth traps use Natural Moth Pheromones to catch adult male pantry moths on a sticky glue strip.

  • 15 Pantry Moth Traps (3x 5 Pack) Non Toxic and Natural
  • Easy to set-up, discrete, multi functional pantry moths traps
  • Traps Indian Meal Moths and Mediterranean Food Moths
  • 8 week life span once kitchen moth traps are activated
  • For use where you store food

THESE PANTRY MOTH TRAPS PROTECT GRAINS, FLOUR, CEREALS AND OTHER DRY FOODS FROM FOOD MOTH INFESTATION

Customer Reviews via Feefo

Powerful Pantry Moth Trap - 15 Pack
Lero Property
Tuesday, 20 September 2022
It is amazing to see how many moths get trapped
Gail Thomas
Saturday, 17 September 2022
They really do work. We are so glad these pesky moths are finally gone!!!
Steven C.
Friday, 16 September 2022
These strips works wonderfully!
Trusted Customer
Sunday, 11 September 2022
They work!! It’s a great concept they have and the product really works.
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you so much for taking the time to give 5 star feedback on our Pantry Moths Traps. It is such great news that the Traps are working well for you and we really appreciate your custom. Best wishes Amanda
Ruth Rabinowitz
Thursday, 8 September 2022
Two weeks since applied and so far so good. I'm waiting to see how long the effect lasts
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you for your 4 star review on our Pantry Moth Traps. The Traps will attract the adult male moths with their powerful pheromone sticky strips. This will help break the breeding cycle and give you an indication of the size of the moth problem. The Traps will be active for 8 weeks after opening so we advise keeping them in position. The catch rate will reduce over time. If you need any further help or guidance please contact us at help@moth-prevention.com Best wishes Amanda
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
This product caught moths after a few hours! It continues to attract and capture them.
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you so much for your 5 star feedback on our Pantry Moth Traps. We are delighted to read that they were catching moths so quickly. The presence of moths will reduce over time so do keep the traps in place. They are active for 8 weeks after opening. Many thanks for you custom. Best wishes Amanda
Michael Byers
Sunday, 21 August 2022
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MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you for your 5 star review on our Pantry Moth Traps. We are delighted to read that the traps are working well. The Traps will help break the breeding cycle by attracting the active adult male moths and over time the catch rate will reduce. Best wishes Amanda
Trusted Customer
Thursday, 11 August 2022
These pest traps worked great. No muss. No fuss. Hang them in the pantry and watch them work.
MothPrevention's Reply:
What a great review! Thanks so much for your 5 star feedback on our Pantry Moth Traps. We are delighted that they have worked so well for you. Best wishes Amanda
Trusted Customer
Friday, 5 August 2022
Worked great in just a few hours
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you for your 4 star review on our Pantry Moth Traps. It is great news to read that you started catching Pantry Moths so quickly. We would suggest that you keep the Traps in place as they are active for 8 weeks after opening. Our Traps are non toxic and will help reduce the breeding cycle so the catch rate will reduce over time. Best wishes Amanda
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, 27 July 2022
Worth it. They work as you specify.
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you for your 5 star feedback on our Pantry Moth Traps. We really appreciate your comments, the last thing you would want in your bakery is Pantry Moths! It is such great news that they are doing the job well for you and many thanks for your custom. Best wishes Amanda
Ed
Wednesday, 20 July 2022
Phenomenal pheromones! An excellent product, performed even better than expected.
MothPrevention's Reply:
Wow! Thank you for such a fantastic 5 star review on our Pantry Moth Traps! We are delighted to read that the Traps have worked so well for you and it's definitely good sense to keep the traps in place to continue to monitor for any further moth presence. The Traps are active for 8 weeks after opening. Many thanks for your custom. Best wishes Amanda
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, 13 July 2022
I gave my review in the customer section
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you for your feedback on our Pantry Moth Traps. We suggest that you put the Traps in the refrigerator before opening which will make the glue less sticky. There is also an edge around the sticky strip which is glue-free. If you do find the glue on your hands, olive oil will remove it. Best wishes Amanda
Trusted Customer
Saturday, 9 July 2022
They work very well! The moths love them.
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you so much for your 5 star feedback on our Pantry Moth Traps. We are delighted to read that they are working well for you. Best wishes Amanda
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, 5 July 2022
works good catching pantry moths.
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you so much for your 5 star review on our Pantry Moth Traps and we are delighted to read that they are working well for you. Best wishes Amanda
Heman Carter
Monday, 27 June 2022
product is very effective and price more than reasonable
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you so much for your 5 star review on our Pantry Moth Traps. We are delighted to read that our Traps have worked so well for you and we really appreciate you taking the time to give us feedback. Many thanks for your custom. Best wishes Amanda
Jack K
Thursday, 16 June 2022
Products are 100% as described and are very effective and easy to use.
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you for your great 5 star feedback on our Pantry Moth Traps. We are delighted to read that that the Traps are working so well for you. They will be active for 8 weeks after opening which gives you an opportunity to monitor the size of your moth infestation and will also help break the breeding cycle by attracting the adult males to the sticky strip. Best wishes Amanda
Trusted Customer
Sunday, 12 June 2022
Was fairly expensive and doesn't seem to work for us.
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you for your feedback. Our Pantry Moth Traps catch Indian Meal Moths (Plodia Interpunctella) and Mediterranean Food Moths (Ephestia kuehniella). If you are not catching moths it might be because they are neither of these species. Our Guide on House Moth Identification https://www.mothprevention.com/blogs/the-art-of-prevention/house-moth-identification will help you identify the moths that are present in your home. If you need any further help or guidance please contact us at help@mothprevention.com Best wishes
Maureen Kuntzmann
Monday, 6 June 2022
They work. This was a repeat purchase
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you for your 5 star feedback on our Pantry Moth Traps. We are glad to know that your parrot is not having to share its food with those pesky moths anymore! Many thanks for your continued custom. Best wishes Amanda
Trusted Customer
Monday, 23 May 2022
I have already left my review
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you for the 4 star feedback on our Pantry Moth Traps. We really appreciate you taking the time to leave a review. Best wishes Amanda
Sharon Mcgraw
Friday, 20 May 2022
They work!!!!! Easy and very reasonably priced compared to other ‘tent’ shaped products.
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you so much for your 5 star review on our Pantry Moth Traps. We are delighted to read hat you are seeing great results and find them reasonably priced compared to others on the market. Best wishes Amanda
Darlene Mills
Monday, 16 May 2022
Good value for the quantity of traps received. Easy to order and received fairly quickly. Again, they worked pretty well. Since I've only set them out recently after thoroughly cleaning pantry and throwing possible infested goods. I am waiting to how well they actually get rid of the moth problem.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, 23 April 2022
The moth traps work well when laid flat. They seem effective in capturing the moths! I appreciated the instructions for where to place the strips.
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you so much for your 5 star feedback on our Pantry Moth Traps. We really appreciate hearing from our customers and are delighted to read that our Traps have worked well for you. Best wishes Amanda
Charles Winter
Friday, 22 April 2022
see above. I have nothing to add to this
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you for your comments and 4 stars on our Pantry Moth Traps. It is great that you are catching moths already. Our traps have powerful natural pheromones on their sticky glue strips which attract the active adult male moths and takes them out of the breeding cycle. It will take time to reduce the population if there are moth larvae present that pupate into a new cycle of adult moths so we advise that you keep the traps in place as they will be active for 8 weeks after opening. Amanda
Trusted Customer
Thursday, 14 April 2022
I have had meal moths in my ***** for a long time. I tried several other moth prevention strips which only partially worked, and didn't really make a dent in the population. Within 2 weeks, I have seen a significant reduction of flying moths, as well as a lot of moths on the strips. I found your suggestion to move the strips around helpful, as the pantry closet is large. I also did a lot of cleaning and putting things in moth proof containers for long term effectiveness. Anyway, thanks a bunch!
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you so much for your 5 star feedback on our Pantry Moth Traps. We know how distressing it can be to find moths around your food areas. Using our Traps together with a thorough cleaning of the area, and sealed containers for dry foods, are a big step in the right direction to eliminating the moth problem. Any unsealed food stuffs such as grains, cereals, flour etc should be discarded as they may already be contaminated with eggs and larvae. It is great to read that the Traps have worked for you, they will stay active for 8 weeks after opening and can help you monitor for any further moth presence. It is our pleasure to have helped, and many thanks for your custom. Best wishes Amanda
Watts R
Saturday, 9 April 2022
good product, priced right. I will use them again.
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you for such a great 5 star review on our Pantry Moth Traps! Our Traps will help break the breeding cycle by attracting the active adult male moths and over time this will reduce the amount of moths present in your home. Do keep the traps in place so that you can continue to monitor for moths, they are active for 8 weeks after opening. We really appreciate your recommendation and your custom. Best wishes Amanda
SHAID HANIF
Thursday, 7 April 2022
While I was able to trap some of the moths, there are still quite a bit still flying around the house.
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you for your feedback on our Pantry Moth Traps. There could be a few reasons why you are still seeing moths flying around your home: 1) Our Pantry Moth Traps are the ideal starting point on dealing with a moth problem, especially as they give you a clear idea of how bad the infestation is and whether you are seeing success (a reduced daily catch rate over time is good news!). However it will take time to reduce the population if there are moth larvae present that pupate into a new cycle of adult moths. 2) The moths still flying around may be the female moths, our Traps only catch the active adult males. 3) Some of the moths you are seeing might not be Pantry Moths. If you need any help identifying the moths by all means send us a photo at help@moth-prevention.com We can also advise you if you might need something stronger to deal with the infestation, such as a Pantry Moth Killer Kit. We are here to help! If you need any further assistance or guidance please contact us at help@moth-prevention.com If you would like any further information about Pantry Moths and their Life Cycle you can read about them on this link https://www.mothprevention.com/blogs/the-art-of-prevention/food-moth-life-cycle Best wishes Amanda
Stephen Conover
Saturday, 2 April 2022
Catches those moths moths!
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you for your 5 star feedback on our Pantry Moth Traps. We are delighted to read that you are catching moths! Best wishes Amanda
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, 16 March 2022
These traps work quite well. I had clothes moths sneak into my house from an old rug someone was storing in the garage and this catches them!
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you for your 5 star feedback on our Pantry Moth Traps. However we are a little confused because they do not catch Clothes Moths, only Pantry Moths. Our Pantry Moth Traps attract Indian Meal Moths (Plodia Interpunctella) and Mediterranean Food Moths (Ephestia kuehniella). Our Clothes Moth Traps attract the following: Webbing Clothes Moth, otherwise know as the Common Clothes Moth (Tineola bisselliella) Case Bearing Moth, otherwise know as the Case Making Moth (Tinea pellionella) White Shouldered House Moth (Endrosis sarcitrella) Brown House Moth (Hofmannophila pseudospretella) If you would like any help or guidance with your moth problem please contact us at help@moth-prevention.com and we can also identify the moth if you can send us a photo. At least in the meantime you are successfully catching moths! Best wishes Amanda
Trusted Customer's Reply:
I had lost track of which traps I ordered and which this review was for (I order both and it wasn't obvious from the screen) and realized it after I hit 'submit' and couldn't edit. Yes the pantry moth traps are great for pantry moths and the clothes moth traps are great for clothes moths.
Trusted Customer
Monday, 21 March 2022
strips are caching moths.
Bentley Robison
Friday, 11 March 2022
The moth traps are highly effective and we have reduced our infestation dramatically! We will continue to use the traps for the foreseeable future so that we will be sure and capture males from any remaining hatches. Our infestation has been the Indian Meal Moth. I highly recommend these traps if you are having problems with this particular pest.
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you so much for the 5 stars and such an informative review on our Pantry Moth Traps. We are delighted to read that they are helping reduce your Moth infestation so effectively and we really appreciate your recommendation too. Best wishes Amanda
Tom Martin
Tuesday, 8 March 2022
Works well. Caught moths within hours
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you for your feedback on our Pantry Moth Traps and it is great to read that they were catching Moths so quickly. Best wishes Amanda
Trusted Customer
Thursday, 13 January 2022
My first clue this product would work happened the day the FedEx envelope arrived. I put the unopened package on a side table when I went back outside. I returned a couple of hours later, lifted the package and a cloud of moths escaped the outside surface of the envelope. We discovered a cache of old dog food that a mouse had hidden in a recess of the pantry -- we put up the first strip and threw out the dog food. 25 moths on the first strip and have changed it out now 4 times with about as many each time, the most recent strip has about 8, so we are making a huge progress in less than a week
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you so much for taking the time to give us such great feedback and 5 stars on our Pantry Moth Traps, we so appreciate it! It's great news to read that the Pantry Moth Traps started catching Moths before they had even been taken out of the package! The Traps are impregnated with a very powerful pheromone which attracts the active adult male Moths. You will be able to monitor how many moths your are catching and the traps will also help break the breeding cycle. If you are concerned about the size of your infestation you may want to consider a Pantry Moth Killer Kit. By all means contact us if you need any further advice or guidance at help@moth-prevention.com Best wishes Amanda
Trusted Customer
Friday, 31 December 2021
Same note as before--see previous comment.
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you for your feedback on our Pantry Moth Traps. We are delighted to read that they are working well for you. Best wishes Amanda
Elaina Lee
Thursday, 23 December 2021
So far not the results I was expecting or hoping for.
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you for your feedback on our Pantry Moth Traps. There are several reasons that you may not be catching many moths at the moment . 1) It could be that there are not that many adult male moths that are currently actively seeking females due to their breeding cycle (only sexually active adult males are attracted to the pheromone in the traps). 2) Temperatures affect the pupation of the moths and although you can't see any flying moths there could still be eggs and larvae present, which will hatch and pupate later. 3). If you have only seen flying moths, and not found infected or damaged foodstuffs, it could be that they are not Pantry Moths. If you would like us to help you identify the type of moth you are dealing with please send us a picture to help@moth-prevention.com We very much hope that your moth problem will be solved soon. The traps work for 8 weeks after activation so we advise that you keep them in place so that you can monitor the situation. Best wishes Amanda
Trusted Customer
Thursday, 28 October 2021
I'm getting lots of moths. The traps are very effective. I wish they were easier to install. They were a bit hard to post to the wall. I had to press against the trap and it's very sticky! Plus, the wax paper cover was hard to peel off without getting my fingers stuck to the trap. Maybe the paper could be perforated, allowing a portion to stay in place so that I can use that area to press the trap against the wall. Just a thought.
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you for your feedback on our Pantry Moth Traps and we are so sorry to read that you are having a lot of moths. When you peel back the adhesive strip in order to stick the trap to a surface, make sure that you have not peeled back the paper cover for the trap itself first, that way you can press the trap to any surface without getting your hands sticky. We are delighted to read that the traps are working well for you and we are always here to help! Best wishes Amanda
Sabato Normandia
Sunday, 24 October 2021
Totally satisfied with the product.
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you for your 5 stars and informative feedback on our Pantry Moth Traps. As you have mentioned, it is a good idea to keep strips in place as it will take time to reduce the moth population if there are moth larvae present that pupate into a new cycle of adult moths. This can be a process that extends over several months. The traps last for 8 weeks after activation so that gives you a good length of time to monitor the situation. If you need any further help or guidance please do contact us at help@moth-prevention.com Best wishes Amanda
Arch Northcutt
Tuesday, 19 October 2021
Good product, works well.
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you for your 5 star feedback on our Pantry Moth Traps, we really appreciate it. Many thanks for your custom. Best wishes Amanda
Trusted Customer
Thursday, 14 October 2021
They work great; MUCH better than ones I bought at the big-box hardware store.
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you for your 5 star review on our Pantry Moth Traps. It is great to read that they are working well for you and better than previous purchases from competitors! Thank you for your custom. Best wishes Amanda
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, 5 October 2021
The pantry moth strips arrived on my door step within 24 hours of my online purchase! WOW!
MothPrevention's Reply:
Thank you so much for your 5 star review on our Pantry Moth Traps and we are delighted to read that you have received useful information both from our website and our follow-up emails. We are here to help and very committed to our customer service. It's great news that the traps are doing their job for you and we hope you will soon be moth-free. Best wishes Amanda
Trusted Customer
Saturday, 2 October 2021
Need to observe longer to see the effectiveness
Tryna Hope
Tuesday, 28 September 2021
Nothing else worked at all and this product worked very well.
MothPrevention's Reply:
Dear Tryna Thank you for your 5 stars and great feedback on our Pantry Moth Traps and we are delighted to read that they have worked for you. Combined with a thorough clean of the infested area, and using sealed containers for any loose foodstuffs, the traps will decrease the presence of the moths over time. If you need any further help or guidance please do contact us at help@moth-prevention.com Best wishes Amanda
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, 28 September 2021
Never received my order .
MothPrevention's Reply:
We're sorry to receive your 1 star review. We've checked the FedEx tracking against your order and it confirms successful delivery to your address 2 days after you ordered. Please do email one of our team at help@moth-prevention.com if this was not the case and we will be very happy to discuss this with you; confirm your address etc. We only want for you to be a happy customer and we're not happy if you did not receive your order. Kind regards, Neil
Sarrah Chapman
Monday, 27 September 2021
Excellent results! This product works.
MothPrevention's Reply:
Dear Sarrah Wow! Thank you so much for your kind review and 5 star feedback on our Pantry Moth Traps! We are delighted to read that our Traps are working for you and that they are superior to a previous brand you have tried. We are very proud of our Moth Prevention products and, as you have said, we are committed to our customers - we really want to help as much as we can. Many thanks for your custom. Best wishes Amanda

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Product Details

Natural non-toxic pantry moth traps with pheromone impregnated sticky surfaces to catch, monitor and control infestations of food moths. Use MothPrevention® food moth traps to help stop pantry moths laying their eggs in food.

This pantry moth trap is proven to have the best catch rates for pantry moths on the market. These pantry moths traps are non-toxic, odourless, clean and easy to use.

How Mothprevention® Food Moth Traps Work

Our food moth trap sticky strip is a natural food moth killer that works through being impregnated with a natural pheromone attractant. Adult male food moths become stuck to the strip, enabling you to monitor the seriousness of your moth problem, as well as break the breeding cycle by killing the male moths and help get rid of food moths over time. This natural pheromone trap mimics the scent released by the female moth to attract the male.

Pheromone traps work by attracting the adult male food moth only: Females, juveniles and un-targeted moths will not be attracted.

Instructions For Pantry Moth Traps

Full Instructions are included with your pantry moth traps.

As part of your treatment, we recommend disposing of all infected foodstuffs, cleaning all cupboards thoroughly and using sealable storage containers for all cereals, flour, grains and similar foodstuffs that might become infected.

Continue to use our food moth traps after treatment to monitor for any signs of subsequent pantry moth activity.

Please note that these meal moth traps are non toxic and do not kill moth larvae.

Useful to know:
- Refrigerate your pantry moth trap glue strips to make them easier to peel.
- Glue on your hands? Rub in a little cooking oil and then wash with soap and warm water

Product Code: AMOTH01803

Are these Indian Meal Moth Pheromone Traps and Mediterranean Flour Moth Traps able to catch clothes moths?

The pheromones in MothPrevention Moth Traps are designed specifically to attract the type of moth you are trying to eradicate. If your moth infestation is also in your closet, it's likely you have multiple types of moths.

If you have Moths in your closet, you require our highly effective pheromone clothes moth traps - but you may also need a clothes moth killer kit if the moth infestation has taken hold.

If you're struggling to identify the type of moths in your house, we created a number of resources to help you identify the types of moths in your house.

Your Questions About Pantry Moths & Pantry Moth Traps Answered...

We’ve taken the most common questions we hear from customers about Pantry Moths and answered them in brief below - links to further reading and resources are included where helpful.

Do you have any of the following questions? Browse the answers below:

What are pantry moths?

Pantry moths are household pests that search for stored food in which to lay their eggs. When the food moth larvae hatch from pantry moth eggs they are then in the right place to eat the food to get sustenance for growing and eventually pupating into adult pantry moths.

The most common species found across the US, including in Hawaii and Alaska, are Indian Meal Moths (Plodia Interpunctella) and Mediterranean Food Moths (Ephestia kuehniella).

Common names for these two species also include meal moths, flour moths, food moths and kitchen moths.

MothPrevention® traps for pantry moths contain powerful pheromones targeting both these species.

Where do pantry moths come from?

We have customers who have had a wide variety of sources of their pantry moth infestations. From living close to flour mills, cereal mills, from neighbouring properties, from bringing infested dried food sources into the home, and especially common is bringing into the home infested bird seed and pet food.

Pantry moths do spread over wider areas and are now a global pest from Asia, across Europe, to the Americas.

What causes pantry moths?

Pantry Moths arriving in your home or business need to have a source (where do they come from?) and food for the adult (flying) Pantry Moths to target for egg-laying - this perpetuates their life cycle. In addition, they need warmer temperatures for at least part of the year to trigger pupation / development of the larvae into adult moths.

Food may either exist in your home already (see below) and pantry moths enter in search of the food. Alternatively, they may be brought into the home. As an example, one of our customers runs a corner store and sells bird seed and pet food. The wholesaler had supplied the bird seed infested with pantry moth larvae which then caused an infestation in the store. Sales to customers from the store can then result in spreading the problem. Homes infested can create problems for neighbours, especially in cities or apartment buildings where homes are close together.

We hope this answers your question “what causes pantry moths?”

What attracts moths in pantry?

The main factors in providing the ideal conditions for pantry moths are the preference for dark, undisturbed places, and the presence of the right food sources.

Pantries and kitchen cupboards that are not used frequently, or at least shelves within those places that are relatively undisturbed on a regular basis are the ideal locations. Likewise pantry moths like outbuildings and other storage areas.

The food sources are typically flour (hence the common reference to ‘flour moth’), cereals, rice, pasta, nuts, seeds, dried pet food, bird seed and similar dried foodstuffs.

Access to the food is clearly important - a typical scenario would be a large walk-in pantry that is shelved, with open packets of flour or cereal at the back of a less used shelf away from direct, bright light. Left undisturbed, the adults can lay their eggs, the larvae hatch and eat without pressure until they are ready to pupate into adults, completing a full lifecycle.

Adult female pantry moths that have mated only live for about a month but in that short time can lay around 200 eggs. So, without control, they can very quickly get out of hand and cause an infestation.

Why are there moths in my pantry?

As above, Pantry Moths need the right environment to breed and food source to sustain their newly hatched larvae, although it's important to note that pantry moth larvae can live up to 2 years before pupating.

To recap, look for relatively undisturbed, darker areas with an open source of food for the pantry moth larvae. Consider where the moths may have come from - brought into the home in previously infected food or coming into the home looking for food and finding the ideal breeding conditions?

How do pantry moths get into the house?

If the pantry moths have not come into the house through food already infested with pantry moth eggs or pantry moth larvae, you will want to be looking for other entry points and external sources.

Any opening into the house will provide easy access - doors, windows, heating ducts and chimneys are all entry points. We have had customers with moth infestations that have arisen through hot air heating systems and in chimneys. Fly screens on doors and windows help keep out most insect pests.

How to get rid of moth infestation in the pantry?

The first thing to do is to install pantry moth traps to help reduce the population over time by trapping the males, and breaking the breeding cycle - pantry moth traps are infused with a female moth pheromone to specifically attract the males. This also gives you a visual signal as to how bad your infestation is.

A declining catch rate over time shows that you are winning that battle, although it should be noted that juvenile and female moths will not be attracted to the pantry moth traps.

Next you need to locate the source of the infestation - a crucial step that many people do not take; without eradicating the source of the problem you will not be able to eradicate the pantry moths!

Removing infested food and through cleaning of all surfaces, and the application of a non-toxic (to humans) residual pesticide is required. And then any remaining non-infested food should be placed in clean, airtight containers.

Lastly, keep your pantry moth pheromone traps in place to monitor and defend against a repeat occurrence - these will need to be replaced every 2 months.

For more information, please read our blog article How Do I Get Rid Of Pantry Moths? - 10 Steps To Pantry Moth Prevention.

How to get rid of pantry moths?

As mentioned above, it is so important to try to locate the source of the pantry moth infestation - this will determine how successful you will be in your efforts to get rid of pantry moths.

If, and only if, you have just seen the initial entrance of pantry moths into your home, then the use of pantry moth traps alone may deal with the problem quickly. However, if you already have an infestation, and by that we mean a food source infested with pantry moth eggs and / or larvae, then you need to deal with that source of the problem.

Guidance on how to get rid of pantry moths beyond just using traps for pantry moths is contained in our blog article How Do I Get Rid Of Pantry Moths? - 10 Steps To Pantry Moth Prevention.

How to get rid of pantry moths for good?

It is hard to make a claim that you will not see pantry moths again after dealing with an infestation because they could return again the following year or be accidentally brought in to the home, but you CAN get to the bottom of an existing infestation and completely get rid of pantry moths for your current infestation.

To get rid of your current infestation for good requires an absolute focus on finding and removing the source of the infestation, as well as any evidence of spread of the infestation.

Let’s say you had an infested packet of flour on a little-used shelf in your pantry - a common scenario where pantry moths are presented with the perfect environment for them to exist, breed and spread. To deal with this will require locating the open packet of flour, carefully removing it so as to not spread eggs and / or larvae unnecessarily, clearing the sleeves, washing down the shelves, walls, floors and paying close attention to cleaning any cracks and crevices in the pantry, treating the surfaces with a residual spray to kill any remaining pantry moth eggs and larvae and deal with new ones arising (for 2 weeks usually),; all foods are either thrown away or placed in airtight storage containers, and pantry moth traps placed to deal with any remaining adult moths present (to stop them breeding).

This all assumes that they have not spread, mated and laid eggs elsewhere. If so, a similar process in all relevant locations will be required.

To defend against further risk of infestation, regular cleaning, use of food containers for dried food in particular (seeds, nuts, flour, grains, pet food, bird seed etc.), and use of pantry moth pheromone traps are recommended. Do not leave out of date old packets lurking at the back of pantry shelves and be ever vigilant.

Any future repetition will be potentially a new population entering the house or contained in infested food brought in to the home.

What kills pantry moths?

To answer what kills pantry moths we’ll cover three main approaches below:

  1. Break the breeding cycle by use of moth pantry traps - by capturing male moths, mating will reduce and over time the population will fall - the males will be dealt with by the traps; the females will die naturally after about a month without having bred, and there will be fewer eggs and larvae. This may take several life cycles over several months depending on the severity of your infestation
  2. Remove access to food sources - access to dried foods encourages pantry moths (seeds, nuts, flour, grains, pet food, bird seed etc.). If there is no food accessible then any larvae present cannot eat and the lifecycle will be broken. Removing infested food sources, using airtight containers for remaining food, deep, regular cleaning routines are all important ongoing measures needed
  3. Use natural, non-toxic (to humans) pantry moth killer - a residual spray is highly recommended - safe to use in kitchens and food storage areas, but lethal to pantry moths, eggs and larvae

Naturally we recommend using all three approaches above to be sure to deal with killing pantry moths.

How to kill pantry moth larvae?

To kill pantry moth larvae requires a multi-stage approach.

First, thoroughly check your kitchen storage areas, pantry, kitchen cupboards, anywhere you store dried food (for pets as well as people) - throw out any infested food carefully, avoiding any spillage which may distribute pantry moth eggs and / or larvae.

Then clean thoroughly all nearby surfaces, including walls, floors and obviously shelves. Once dry, apply a residual, natural pantry moth killer spray.

Lastly, you will need to defend against further infestation by pantry moths in the future. Clearly, if you have brought pantry moths into the house (commonly in the form of the eggs and / or larvae) through infested food, avoid the suppliers who may have sold you that food in future because their production facility likely has issues - this is most common with dried pet food and bird seed.

Use of pheromone pantry moth traps during warmer weather when adult moths flying into the house is more of a risk will help defend against a repeat infestation

We hope this answers the question “how to kill pantry moth larvae?”

How to keep moths out of food?

Keeping moths out of food is best done through the following:

  1. Keep dried food in airtight containers, especially for open packets of flour, seeds, grains, rice, cereals and pet food
  2. Throw out out-of-date food regularly
  3. Keep shelves from being overstuffed
  4. Clean all surfaces regularly
  5. Avoid buying food from suppliers that have previously been the source of a pantry moth infestation being brought into the home
  6. Use pheromone traps for pantry moths to break the breeding cycle of any adult pantry moths present

What does a pantry moth look like?

Indian Meal Moths are the most common species of pantry moth across the UK. Adult Indian Meal Moths are approximately ¾ inch in length with a typical wingspan of ¾ to one inch. The outer half of their forewings are bronze or dark gray in colour, while the upper half are a yellowy-gray colour, with a dark band between.

The adult Mediterranean Pantry Moth is a light-grey colour and from ⅝ inch long, with a wingspread of about one inch. The wings are marked with two fuzzy, dark zigzagging lines (see photograph). The hind wings are a ‘dirty white’.

How to get rid of Indian Meal Moths?

Pantry moths or "Indianmeal moths" are also commonly referred to as flour moths, grain moths or food moths.

Therefore all advice relating to getting rid of "Pantry Moths" is applicable to getting rid of Indianmeal Moths.

MothPrevention moth pantry traps target both Indian Meal Moths and Mediterranean Food Moths with their powerful pheromones.

What do pantry moth larvae look like?

The Indian Meal Moth and Mediterranean Food Moth larvae are cream / off-white with brown heads. Fully grown Indian Meal Moth larvae are usually about ½ inch long.

Where to buy pantry moth traps?

Pantry Moth Traps can be bought in hardware stores and larger outlets like Home Depot, as well as online in marketplaces such as Amazon.

Clearly we would recommend you buy our pantry moth traps, the reasons being:

  • Customer reviews frequently mention that they outperform other traps customers tried previously
  • We engineer our pheromones in Germany - the are exclusive to MothPrevention in the UK and are the main reason for the outperformance of our pantry moth traps - most traps on the market are cheaply made in the same factory in China, and just don’t work as well
  • The design is deliberately simple - they take up less space in cupboards and pantries compared with the common ‘tent’ shaped design - and the flat layout provides easier access and better dispersal of the pheromones
  • You are dealing with a family company that specialises in dealing with moth problems
  • MothPrevention supplies professional pest technicians - see the video further up this page - we’re trusted by those ‘in the know’
  • Lastly, unlike the other sellers of pantry moth traps, we don’t just sell you product - we’ll be with you every step of the way in dealing with your pantry moth problem - that’s why we back up your purchase with a 100% guarantee that you’ll be satisfied

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