How to keep pantry moths and mites away

Massachusetts

Pantry moths and other bugs are popping up in many of our dried foods. 

The beetles, moths and mites that infest dried foods in your pantry are called stored-product pests. They feed on and contaminate your food, but they don’t get into your pantry the way you’d think. 

Typically, they infest food as it’s being packaged, and the pests are brought into your home from the grocery store. Once in your pantry, they spread to other dried foods like beans, cake mixes, pastas, grains, rice and nuts.

However, there is a way to get rid of them for good. Termite and pest elimination specialist Natasha Wright told 22News, “The ultimate solution is to find the source of the problem.”

Wright advised, “Take it outside and throw it in the trash can. Some people throw it away inside, but they can still emerge from your inside trash can. Discard it completely, and check for other food sources in the house that are susceptible.”

If you are still seeing bugs after a few weeks of a good cleaning, search for overlooked food sources such as draft stoppers full of rice, hot or cold compresses filled with corn, and even old rodent bait and garden seeds. 

It also helps to keep boxed or easily-infested foods in airtight containers, to make it harder for the pests to spread around.

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