Opening a package or seeing pests crawl around your food is a worst-case scenario for most homeowners.

With pests like pantry moths and flour beetles the first step is always finding and removing the source and then handling the conducive environment. This means removing all food and grain packages from your pantry to thoroughly inspect them, then throwing away any that are infested. Other than the insects themselves, signs of infestation include webbing in tight places of a package or tiny holes in the container.

Then remove all spills and bits of food that are on the shelves:

  • Vacuum all over to get the large pieces.
  • Wipe down each shelf thoroughly. This means the top, sides and bottom of the shelf.
  • Remove and clean underneath shelf paper.

Sometimes just throwing away the infested item is enough but always clean the shelves thoroughly.