Pro Cleaning Tips | How To Get Rid Of Moths In The Kitchen In 6 Steps
- Cleaning cloth
- Bay leaves
- Cotton cloth
- Hermetically closed jars
Kitchen moths are a nightmare to have in your house. The pantry moth larvae feed on dry goods like pasta, bread, and flour. If you don't do a thorough cleaning in your pantry you'll never get rid of the moths in your kitchen because they breed very fast. In this tutorial, I'll teach you how to get rid of moths in the kitchen and prevent a new infestation.
Step 1: Remove everything from the pantry
Take everything out of your kitchen pantry. You're gonna need to clean the entire pantry and the things inside it to remove all the moth larvae and webs. Sort the food and check if there are moths, larvae, eggs, or webs inside the packages and if you find contaminated food, throw it in the garbage. Don't forget to remove the garbage from your house on the same day.
Step 2: Clean the food packages and non-food items stored in your pantry
Clean all the packages and containers that are stored inside the pantry. Check one by one to see there aren't any moth larvae growing attached to them.
Step 3: Cleaning the pantry
Vacuum the pantry, especially if there are any gaps that you can't reach with a cleaning cloth. Then, clean the entire pantry using a cloth dampened with vinegar. Make sure to go through every corner and surfaces of the pantry. Use a flashlight to check if you removed everything.
Step 4: Preventing kitchen moths
Combine lavender, bay leaves, cloves, and rosemary inside a small cotton bag. Place it inside the pantry. The smell of these herbs helps to repel pantry moths.
Step 5: Clean your groceries
When you come home with new groceries, clean the packages of goods you won't store in airtight containers. Creating this habit will also help prevent new infestations.
Step 6: Store dry goods in airtight containers
The best way to store dry goods like pasta, bread, rice, and different types of flour is to put them in airtight containers. This can be the difference to prevent a new infestation because most of the time the eggs come inside some of these goods or are attached to their packaging. So, by removing the packaging you already prevent the breeding of the moths. Plus, storing the food in airtight containers guarantees that if there are egg moths inside the food, they won't spread and you'll only need to throw away one food.