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The Pantry Moth, otherwise known as the Indian Meal Moth (Plodia interpunctella) is a pest of stored food products. The larvae of the moth feed on cereals, flour, bread, snacks and other dried stored foods. This makes the food inedible and requiring disposal. The first indication of the pest can be the presence of silken webs in such foods. The Pantry Moth larvae are of whitish-yellow colouring, with a brown head, and can crawl through small openings in packaging and cardboard containers. Female moths can lay up to 400 eggs which will hatch in seven days in warm conditions. The larvae will then seek for food stuffs to feed on. Pantry Moths can produce up to eight generations a year.
Our Pantry Moth Pheromone Trap offers a safe and natural way to trap and catch these male adult Pantry Moths, and so reduce the overall Pantry Moth population. A pheromone lure is placed on the sticky surface inside the trap. This gives off a sex pheromone that attracts the male Pantry moth, which are then caught on the sticky surface inside the trap. The traps can catch high numbers of Pantry Moths. Less moth mating will then be achieved and less egg laying from female moths.
Our trap is highly effective, insecticide free and releases no odours.
Our traps are very simple to assemble. Firstly, open the foil sachet and remove the pheromone lure. Next, place the lure inside the trap. It does not matter which way round it goes. Finally, remove the covering paper from the sticky trap and push the trap together.
Place traps in food storage areas. The traps can be hung up or placed on a flat surface.
To prevent further potential Pantry Moth activity, ensure food storage areas are cleaned on a regular basis and food is stored in plastic, sealable, containers.
One trap is sufficient for one particular infestation area. To cover larger areas we suggest one trap every 25m2.
Pantry Moths can be active all year at indoor temperatures, so you may apply the traps whenever you wish to control infestations.
To keep the trap active, replace the first pheromone lure after 6 weeks, and use the second lure provided. The trap is supplied with two lures to give it a minimum of 12 weeks catching time.
If lures are to be stored and not used upon receipt, you may store them in a fridge or freezer.
The lure worked wonders in catching the male moths (distinctive look).
I first put up the lure 2 years ago at the back of my store cupboard (more on a whim) nothing happened till this summer when I discovered that around that “old” lure dozens of dead moths were glued. Alarm! I discovered that on an 2 year old Christmas deco wreath of orange and lemon slices and cinnamon sticks which I kept hanging in my utility room the moths found a great breeding ground. From there they spread! First I replaced the lure with a fresh one (which again worked a treat), discarded the infested wreath, cleaned all my kitchen cabinets and threw every opened cardboard box / bags of flour etc into the outdoor bin. I think I will invest in a few tight containers also for the oat flakes, which don’t get eaten very quickly.
Ps: an early indicator is when you find slight silky webbing in your seeds, oats, flour etc. my eyes are peeled now. Good luck