Moths are particularly dreaded harmful insects in a house. Indeed, there are two types and we cannot say if one is less worse than the other. Textile moths (also called sheath moths or tapestry moths) attack the fibers of clothing and can make holes in them. As for food moths (or moths), they are particularly interested in the contents of our kitchen cupboards. And it’s very simple, once they have managed to make their way there, moths quickly infest all food and there is only one solution: throw everything in the trash and clean the cupboards. in white vinegar.
Luckily, there are ways to guard against these disgusting butterfly invaders! And that’s good, because a woman lays between 200 and 300 eggs at a time, which means that we are quickly invaded. So don’t delay in taking action!
How to limit the risk of infestation?
Mites are most often found directly in the food you buy or their cocoons can be stuck on the packaging of dry goods in the store. This concerns as well human food than animal food. Whether you are in the supermarket or pet store looking for kibble for your pet, do not hesitate to check the packaging for a long time. Above all, make sure they are tightly closed and have no anomalies. If possible, freeze them for a few days in a jar to eliminate any moths present inside, as well as eggs.
You should also know that these little beasts have a highly developed sense of smell. If they smell an odor they like, they can find a way to get into your house by going under doors or through gaps in windows. It is therefore important to know the foods that attract food moths to best prevent an infestation.
The list of foods that particularly attract moths
Once installed in your home, moths can quickly take over the entire pantry. However, certain foods are particularly attractive to them.
Pasta and rice (just like weevils)
The packet of flour
Cereals, oatmeal and muesli
Semolina and quinoa
Pulses (especially beans)
The dried fruit
Nuts in all their forms
Spices, coffee and tea
How to protect yourself from food moths?
Now that you know the foods at risk, you will be able to find ways to protect yourself from attacks. This includes the fact of properly protecting these different foods by storing them in an airtight container as soon as you get home. A plastic box can do the trick here. Nevertheless, glass jars or metal boxes will be more durable and aesthetic. This way, if a package of purchased food is contaminated, it will not risk contaminating the rest of the pantry. Also remember never to leave unprotected food in the cupboards. Avoid leaving food out in the open at all costs.
You can further use their strong sense of smell to their disadvantage. To do this, slip into your cupboards cups filled with cloves of garlic, lemon, nutmeg, bay leaves or cloves. You can also pour a few drops of essential oil of lavender, thyme, geranium or laurel on a cotton pad to place in several places in the cupboard. You avoid the use of chemicals near your food !