This pesky bug has returned to our pantry
Just when we thought the problem was under control, a resistant insect made its return to our home’s pantry.
The Pantry Moth or Indian Meal Moth was a problem for us about 6 months ago and we almost completely got rid of it. Now those disgusting bugs are back with a vengeance.
Over the winter, we completely emptied our pantry, dumped everything in the box, and completely sterilized the food cupboard. Then we added some traps that we bought from Lowes that are specifically for pantry moths and it looked like we were in good shape. Then we started to see that the traps were picking up more moths.
Shortly after the dead butterflies started appearing in the trap, we discovered the container the butterflies were using as a home. It was a container of granola that was stored in what we thought was an airtight plastic jar that we had purchased specifically for insect control. It turns out the container wasn’t airtight after all.
The “airtight” granola container has turned into a breeding ground for moths and their larvae. Either the larvae were able to crawl into the container from above, or the granola came from the store with the moth eggs already in it.
We threw away the granola container and threw away anything that wasn’t an aluminum box, sealed container, or heavy plastic. Interestingly, butterflies and their larvae can eat through plastic bags and find their way under screw-on lids.
We’ve also added new Blag Flag traps that will work in the long run to kill the bug’s offspring.
We will have an update in a few weeks. We keep our fingers crossed that this is our final battle against these harmful pests.