Pantry Moth

shpantrymothPlodia spp.

You open your kitchen pantry, take out a box of crackers and a swarm of tiny moths fly out of the box. Perhaps you’re ready to do some baking and reach for the flour only to find the bag is crawling with tiny worms! Sound familiar? If so, you probably have pantry moths. These are one of the most frustrating and persistent kitchen pests. They can often go unnoticed until there is a major infestation.This persistent pests are only about three quarters of an inch long.  You’ll often find them hanging out on your ceilings.

There are two types of pantry moths: The Indian meal moth has pale grey wings and a reddish tint to its body; the Mediterranean flour moth is grey and white without any discernible color on its body. Most of us simply refer to both species in general as pantry moths.  Pantry moth larva feed on cereal, crackers, rice, nuts, pet food, spices, grains and other carbohydrates.

Once in your home, in the right conditions, pantry moths reproduce quickly. Most of our homes are warm, dry and full of food; these are the perfect conditions for pantry moths to reproduce and move through their 30 day life cycle.  All it takes is one moth entering your home to cause an infestation. They’ll lay eggs, hatch into larva, pupate, then emerge to start the cycle all over again.