Maggots and Pantry Moth Larvae – How to identify them


Maggots and Pantry moth larvae

To identify Maggots and pantry moths larvae and how to tell the difference

Firstly when people see maggots in the kitchen the first thought is "there's maggots in the bin". Most of the time you might be right but it could also be moth larvae. Also Fly larvae and moth larvae are extremely similar visually with the only real differentiator being a little brown dot at the nose of the moth Larvae.

Maggots and Pantry Moth Larvae


Maggots and pantry moth larvae

Also These moths can turn into a real headache if they have had the chance to get established in your kitchen. So they are Normally brought into the house through food products like cereals, nuts, grains and seeds. The case in the photos was found to have moth larvae in an airtight food container which limited the spread. Looks like they have eaten their way out of a muesli bar - GROSS! Can you imagine that? The Trojan Horse which brought the moths into the kitchen was a sealed muesli bar!

So How to get rid of Pantry Moths from your Cupboards.



Pantry Moth on kitchen wall

pantry moth larvae

Unfortunately it is not an overnight fix. Firstly The larvae source needs to be found, suspicious food has to be removed and shelves need to be emptied and wiped out. There could be potential eggs on the wall lining of the cupboards where the source was found. So you really need to give it a good scrub and clean out. Furthermore Pheromone sticky traps can be used to attracted male adult moths which helps break the breeding cycle. Other than that it's just a matter of killing moths, squashing webbed cocoons (normally found around architraves) as well as any moth larvae. Also a pest control will help.

In fact The Pantry Moth Larvae will normally be found climbing up the walls trying to find a nice warm dark area to turn into a moth.

So Here is an example of Pantry Moths eating most things in their path including through the foil packaging of a muesli bar!

Maggots and Pantry Moth Larvaes

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Maggots and Pantry Moth Larvae
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Maggots and Pantry Moth Larvae
Maggots and pantry moth Larvae are similar so how do you tell the difference the pantry moth it has a brown dot on the end of its body
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