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Pantry Moth Control and Traps in Sydney Hills District

How to Get Rid of Indian Meal Moth (A.K.A. Pantry Moths or Pantry Weevils) By Bruce Gow Owner of A1 Pest Control Hills District Sydney If you have been battling moths and weevils in your pantry and kitchen areas and losing the battle, here are a few low toxic tips. I would also like to introduce you to some of the products that we have been using for over 38 years that get great results.

Bayer Products That We Use and Recommend

Ever since I started my first pest control business 38 years ago we always used Bayer Products because they had a solid reputation for effectiveness, safety and customer support. Cislin was always what we reached for when we wanted to use a safe, non-fuming insecticide that wouldn’t stain surfaces. Today we still use it, particularly for stored product pests such as pantry moths. Cislin 25Cislin 25

Bruce holding Suspend FlexxSuspend Flexx Close upBruce Gow Holding Suspend Flexx – Registered for Stored Product Pest Control

I was giving a talk on this annoying pest in front of my business networking group BNI a couple of years ago and I told them that I  had an unfortunate error on my paperwork. I was casting an eye over my stationary before updating it and discovered that I had been handing out a pest control invoice with an embarrassing typo.  I saw that on the back of the sheet on the job codes I had mistakenly written, “Panty Moths”.  Yep, it should have read “Pantry Moths” – Oh dear!
Bruce Temprid Cislin 25 and Xlure2

 We mainly use two Bayer low toxic insecticides, “Cislin 25” with the active ingredient of Deltamethrin and “Tempo ” with the active ingredient of Imadacloprid.  

Temprid and Cislin
Here are some Pantry Moth traps that we recommend, made by Russell IPM Xlure Moth Traps   How to rid of kitchen moths – See our Do it yourself methods after the trap info. If you want a professional treatment done using the methods below, call 0417 251 911 or email us at for very reasonable prices, especially when you add on to your normal General Pest Control . These type of stored product pests infest the following products: cereal, dry pasta, dry pet food, bird seed, grain and grain based products, dried fruit, chocolate, nuts and spices.
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Professional Strength Traps 
Trap Directions:
 1. Place trap where baby moths and adults are noticed, especially in kitchen and other rooms where the above products are stored.
2. Traps will lure moths within 3.5 to 4 metres from infested food.
3. If no moths are caught in the first day, move to a new location. Heavy infestations sometimes require more than just one glue trap and low toxic bombs with an IGR (Insect Growth Regulator) are highly recommended after removal of pantry and cleaning. We can supply these as part of our services, or you can buy them directly for about $17 for a pack of 3 from Coles, Woolworths etc.
NB: Coles now have a cheap version of Mortein bombs which contain exactly the same ingredients but are much cheaper. Important: Read the label and follow directions. Look for the Active Constituents, which are 10.0g/kg PERMETHRIN AND 0.77g/kg Fenoxycarb.
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Do It Yourself Method:

Firstly search for adult moths or baby moth larvae. Adult moths are normally a greyish colour with sometimes red or white flecks. They are about 1.27 centimetres long. Baby small moths are about 1.27 centimetres and look something like worms with legs.

Mostly people see moths flying near pantries of food cupboards at night but sometimes also during the day.

Inspect all the cereals and dry food in your pantry, chucking out anything remotely “dodgy” or not in sealed containers. Moths are very cunning and can squeeze into what you may consider to be air-tight containers.

How To Get Rid of Pantry Moths in Sydney

Inspect all food containers for cocoon webbing. Look for clumps of webs or somewhat grainy material.

Even look under the lips of all your glass and plastic containers.

The importance of Emptying and Cleaning all Shelves

I know that it is a hassle, but the ONLY way to do the job properly yourself, and even with professional help is to remove everything including food containers, pots and pans etc from your pantry.

Then dice (throw out) any infested food or food that even shows signs of infestation. My motto is, “When in doubt, throw it out!

A thorough vacuuming is next recommended. Vacuum out all of the pantry and shelves after getting through the emptying.

Remove and replace any lining after treatment .You may need to get rid of plastic and other bags from the pantry as well.

Clean the pantry with disinfectant after scrubbing with soap and hot / warm water.

Wash or throw out old containers. This will let you inspect for any signs of infestation.

Dry any of your sealed food containers before putting any food back in the pantry or cupboards. This is because moths and larvae need water to survive, so keep things dry.

Dump all of your containers, infested foods and bags in the garbage outside.

For organic, non-toxic pest control, simply remove all infested items and scrub vigorously with vinegar and hot water.

Essential oils, peppermint, tea tree oils, citronella, bay leaves and eucalyptus work best.

Ring today on 0417 251 911 or email us at for prompt treatment of your Pantry Moth pest control service at a very reasonable investment in your family’s health

"We first used A1 Pest Control a few years ago when we noticed a few termites under a wine barrell in the rear yard of our home. We asked A1 Pest Control Sydney to pay us a visit to have a thorough termite inspection of our home. Bruce and his crew were on time, and very well presented. They explained how they would get rid of the termite infestation using a low toxic method and how their Thermal cameras worked, It worked very well and now we can sleep at night!"
Gary and Carol Harman
"We have been using Bruce form A1 Pest Control for over 4 years now. We bought our new house on the Hills Area, and moved in. our neighbours had problem with rodents and spiders so they are using A1 next door. I asked them if they could come over and treat our house too, as i didn't want to chase pest around our home. The service was not only effective, but carried out without any smelly fumes that we have experienced in our last house. They solved problem next door and I haven't seen a bug since."
Melissa Topper
"A1 Pest Control exterminators where great! I'm very happy to say that they solved a bed bug problem that I had after we had visitors from overseas visit us. I would recommend A1 Pest Control to anyone needing a safe and effective treatment of bed bugs"
Amanda Wu
"Bruce solved our commercial pest control problem in Castle Hill. Cockroaches were throughout our factory and they were completely gone after two visits from his exterminators. Just seeing one cockroach can lose us clients. I know now everyhing is ok, and our reputation is intact"
Raj Beri, Europa International
"Bruce from A1 Help us get rid of a bad spider infestation that have been troubling us for a while. It was done with low toxic spray and his crew even game me some cockroach and ant baits to get rid of them. I have recommended A1 to all my friends and family"
Carmel Thomas
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