Getting Rid of Pantry Moths

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Get rid of pantry moths by throwing away the food source, cleaning the cabinet with soapy water and storing food in glass, metal or hard plastic containers. For continuous infestations from moths and caterpillars, store specific foods in the freezer using advice from an entomologist and insect specialist in this free video on moths.

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I'm Mike Quinn. I've been an entomologist for twenty years and we're here at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Talk about how to get rid of pantry moths... basically we're talking about the caterpillar stage, getting into our kitchens and our pantries and they'll form a lot of webbing in any food product that they feed on so you'll want to search through your pantries and find any food that's been infested with caterpillars, remove that food product and you'll want to remove the other products and clean down the inside of the cabinet with a lot of soapy water. That will kill any caterpillars that you missed. When storing food that they pantry moths might feed on, you want to keep all that food in either a glass container, a tin can or in hard plastic. A plastic bag is not sufficient protection from moths and other insects in pantries. And if something is continually invested you'll want to store that in the freezer where they won't get at it. And so those are some of the ways to control pantry moths.

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