Get Rid of Your Moths with a Pantry Pest Trap

Moths can enter your home through your pet food, dried flowers, flour, grains and birdseed. Once inside, they can wreak havoc, destroying your clothes and furniture.

Moths have the unique ability to digest keratin, giving them the ability to eat any animal-based materials, including wool and fur.

You can stop their infestation by using a pantry moth trap. Read on to find out how these effective traps work and tips for stopping moth damage.

Pantry Moth Trap: Your First Step

At the first sign of meal moths, use a pantry moth trap. To make sure you’re using the most effective pantry moth trap, look for one that:

  • Covers 1,000 square feet: The traps that cover 1,000 square feet offer the greatest protection from moth infestations.
  • Works on four different kinds of moths: grain, meal, seed and flour moths, which are commonly found inside homes.
  • Uses pheromones to attract male moths: Male moths have large antennae designed to detect pheromones from female moths, which they cannot resist.
  • Lasts up to 3 months: The pheromone lures will last up to 3 months in the most effective pantry pest traps.
  • Is easy-to-use: The easiest traps require you to simply place the lure on the glue and then position the trap.
  • Is organic: The most effective traps are organic and safe to use around kids.

Place your pantry moth trap wherever you store dried foods, pet foods, or bird seed. Common locations can be the basement, garage, pantry or kitchen. Make sure the location you choose won’t cause damage to the trap by swinging doors. Also, place the trap where it will get good air circulation.

Once you place your trap, check it weekly to see if it is full. Once full, it should be discarded. It can be wrapped in newspaper and thrown out in the household trash.

How it Works

By emitting powerful pheromones male moths can’t resist, the pantry moth trap attracts the moths and traps them inside

Once all the male moths are securely trapped, the breeding cycle will be interrupted and your moth infestation will end.

While one of these traps will end an infestation, they should be used primarily to confirm an infestation exists. Once you confirm the infestation by a full trap, you can treat the problem with an insect killer that will exterminate directly on contact.

Flying Insect Killer

If you see moths, you can use a flying insect killer to exterminate them on contact. When selecting a flying insect killer for effective moth control, choose one that:

  • Is CFC free: This will ensure there is no lingering odor. Some even have a citrus scent.
  • Is organic and safe to use indoors: Many products appear to be “green” and “earth-friendly” but are not organic. Look for a product with the OMRI Listed logo. This means the product has been reviewed and approved for organic gardening.

Image credited to Angelique Oneko

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