Clothes moths and pantry moths are commonly found around the home and feed on natural fibres. They can be a real pest when they start eating your woollens and getting into your flour.
There are two main species of clothes moth found in Australian homes — the webbing clothes moth and the case-making clothes moth. You don't see them flying around very much at all, as they're very secretive as adult. But sooner or later you'll identify their presence by the damage that the larvae have caused - you'll find that your favourite woollen jumper filled with holes, or you carpet has bare patches.
Another type of moth is after your food. Indian meal moths are the The most common type of moth found in pantries. If you are wondering how are they getting into your place, the answer is simple: they arrive on-board your groceries. You may see this type of moths flying around your kitchen, spot webbing on the surface of food or packaging...or even come across larvae in your flour, grains or muesli.
How to deal with a clothes moth infestation
- Clear infestations instantly using a single application product. Insect Grenade is a complete do-it-yourself protection kit designed for fast and effective relief from insect invasions. Once you set the canister, the entire contents of the can empties, penetrating those hard to reach areas where insects might hide. We recommended letting off 2- 3 cans of Insect Grenade foggers in the morning. The Insect Grenade contains an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR) to break the breeding cycle of moth for up to 6 months. The IGR prevents insects in the larval or egg stages from reaching maturity as adults. Please, watch the video about Insect Grenade usage at home. Be sure to cover aquariums and food. There are special preparations labelled for mattresses.
- Then clear out all the moths, caterpillars and eggs. Vacuum the carpet, floor (especially the areas in the dark corners behind the furniture). Move furniture and expose the whole area to the sunlight. Vacuum your wardrobe and wipe the cupboards. Wash all clothing before returning items to the wardrobe.
- Establish an ongoing protection. Use an insect killer, that eliminates insects (flushes insects out of their hiding places, repels and kills them). The insect killer should provide the 24 hours protection and be safe to use around people, food and pets. Ecomist developed the original automatic insect control concept that has been proven time and again in the most demanding environments. It eliminates flying and crawling insects in indoor and semi-enclosed outdoor areas. 24 hour protection without you needing to do a thing: just set and forget. The Ecomist Natural Insect Killer uses natural pyrethrins derived from the Chrysanthemum Daisy, sourced from Tasmania and East Africa and manufactured in New Zealand, so it's safe to use around people, pets and food.
- Adding camphor hangers or balls, as well as essential oils or sachets of dried herbs (lavender, thyme, bay leaves and cloves) it's also a good idea to keep moths out of your wardrobe. Although they are not poisonous to moths, they still act as deterrents. The thing is that moth will avoid getting into the cupboard with the scent, but if your wardrobe is already infested those methods are useless.
- Keep clothing clean: clothing with food or sweat on it is extra attractive so don't put dirty items in your wardrobe. Vacuum and wipe out your wardrobe each season.
- Store properly: store woollen items in sealed garment bags or airtight containers, make sure your cupboards are well ventilated, as moths like humid and warm conditions.
How to deal with a pantry moth infestation and avoid it in future
- Dispose of any affected food stuffs and give your pantry a big clean, wiping all shelves to make sure you get any remaining eggs. Clean pantry regularly (wipe over and clear out expired foods)
- Put out a sticky pheromone trap to capture adult moths that have been flying around or hiding in corners of the pantry.
- Freeze packages. Moths lay minute eggs in tiny cracks and holes in the plastic packing, so if you suspect a dry food package may have eggs on it, put it in the freezer for a week to kill the larvae and eggs.
- Containerise food. re dry foods like flour, grain and muesli in airtight containers
- Establish an ongoing protection. Ecomist automatic insect control system provides 24 hour protection without you needing to do a thing: just set and forget.