they fly there, now give me some carrots

Sangeetha Pulapaka

This is because they get into the food before we keep  it in closed containers. It is hard to see if the food we buy in the local kirana store is infested. The eggs that they lay are small, so it is hard to tell until one comes flying out of the container we open. Generally, one of two moth species infests pantries. The larvae eat flour, whole grains, crackers, peas, beans, nuts, dried fruit, spices and even dry pet food. The Mediterranean flour moth is a bit smaller (about ½″), and is usually pale gray with two black lines on its forewings. The Indian meal moth, about ¾″ long, also has pale gray wings though has a reddish-brown coloring on its outer forewings.

 Pantry moth larvae will take 14-40 days to fully develop, devouring whatever the food source is. Usually the first several inches of the infested food are totally ruined. Indian meal moth larvae will go somewhere other than the food source to pupate, typically seeking the crevices of pantry shelves or the seams of doorways. In most cases, the Mediterranean flour moth larvae will spin the cocoon directly in the food source, which is why infected foods may have a matted web. Moth pupae are no more than ⅓ ″ long and may be as small as ¼″. The pantry moth pupa stage will last 4-30 days.

Some ways we can avoid moths growing in our home is :

1.Inspect all foods before you bring them into your pantries. If there are any signs of moths, bag and discard the package, or return it and warn the store where you purchased it. Look for telltale signs of moths: small holes in the packaging and webbing in the tighter areas of the package.

2.Store all foods in tightly sealed containers to prevent moths from spreading, just in case something is contaminated.

3.Keep areas that may collect crumbs, like toasters, clean.


Eric Du

They Are attracted to food so tehy use their instincts and fly there