How fast can a moth fly

Insect infestation Food moths in the kitchen - this is how you can fight them

This is how the moths live

The animals, about one to two centimeters long, prefer to live in packaging made of flour, spices, tea, chocolate, oat flakes, dried fruit, nuts or soup bags. The moths and larvae quickly conquered the entire pantry.

To lay eggs, the insects even bite through paper and plastic bags. A fertilized female lays up to 400 eggs in bags, food or cabinet cracks.

Having food moths in your closet is not a sign of poor hygiene! They either fly through the open window or you drag already infected food or cardboard boxes into the kitchen.

This is how you recognize the moth

Moths are very small and nocturnal. When they have put their wings on, they often only form a dark line on the wall or on the shelf. Although they have wings, the moths rarely fly, they prefer to crawl or jump. Most of the insects are silvery-gray to brownish, the larvae are tiny and white.

A single moth is not bad. They recognize an infestation by thread-like webs that stick the food together like thin cobwebs. Then you should act immediately!

So you get rid of the pests again

First of all, the good news: In order to fight food moths, an exterminator is usually not necessary. However, if the animals survive multiple controls, there is probably no way around professional pest control. Anyone who has discovered the first moths or larvae in the closet should take the following measures:

Clean up consistently! Infested food must be thrown into a garbage can outside the home immediately. In order to prevent renewed infestation, experts even advise freezing the infected food for a few days before throwing it away or heating it in the oven to 80 degrees for two hours. In this way, larvae, eggs and moths in the stocks could be killed. Not that the maggots crawl out of the trash can!

Vacuum and wipe the cupboards, including the handle fittings and screw heads, with soapy water or vinegar water, for example. And you should repeat that every two weeks.

Cracks in the cupboards or places that are difficult to access can be exposed to heat, for example with a hairdryer, because eggs and small larvae die off when the heat is high.

Effective: insects against moths

A chemical-free and natural method to get rid of the unpleasant food moths are parasitic wasps (Latin Trichogramma evanescens). These natural enemies of the food moths attack their eggs so that a brood cannot grow up in the first place.

Ichneumon wasps have nothing in common with the "normal" wasp. These micro-insects are only 0.3 millimeters in size (the size of the head of a pin) and cannot sting. They are harmless to humans, animals, textiles and food. You only have one thing on your mind: find moth eggs!

The beneficial insects can be ordered online. You will then receive small cardboard cards in the mail containing around 3,000 parasitic wasps. You put these cards out in your kitchen cupboards. The "mobile task force" immediately starts looking for moth eggs so that they can lay their own eggs in them and new parasitic wasps emerge.

The wasps come into every corner and are therefore not only extremely thorough, but are also particularly suitable for sensitive surfaces that you do not necessarily want to treat with a hot hairdryer. However, the maximum radius of the micro-insects is one square meter, so that the cards have to be carefully laid out.

The laying out is repeated twice and after nine weeks at the latest the spooky food moths are over. When all the eggs are destroyed, the parasitic wasps also die or fly outside.

Good to know: the parasitic wasp also works against clothes moths!