|Pantry moths and clothes moths|
|Pantry moths and clothes moths|
Have you already tried everything to get rid of pantry moths and their whitish larvae, or of clothes moths?
You can hardly see them: the parasitic trichograms are only 0.03 mm in size (about as big as a comma or the dot on the letter i). Thus they get into every little hiding place where female moths lay their eggs.
Why nothing else has helped so far against pantry, food or clothes moths:
Neither discarding all the food, nor the most thorough scrubbing of the kitchen or the wardrobe helps to permanently ward off the moths - just when you thought they were gone, you see one fluttering by.
Moths and larvae even survive the use of insecticides and pesticides, because they hide their eggs in small cracks and their larvae are very resistant to these agents.
Though many of the flying moths will die, after a few weeks the pantry moths and clothes moths will reappear.
Extremely toxic insecticides and pesticides cannot be used in or around any area where food is prepared or in places where food supplies are stored. In the bedroom insecticides are not recommended, either.
The pheromone trap: Lures in only a few males, never any females - many female moths are already impregnated and therefore continue to lay their eggs in small hiding places. By the way: a single female lays up to 300 eggs, distributed one by one over a period of a week to 10 days.
Pheromone traps have a very specific effect: one kind only works for food moths, the other clothes moths. By using the trap you can establish which pest you are dealing with.
Your benefits regarding the treatment with trichograms:
Larvae of the food moth
Suggestion of the week: Pantry moths can be found in products that contain dry food. Nuts, flour, cereals, etc. are particularly infested. When buying food, look for cobweb-like substances, grains clumped together with sticky secretions, or small holes in the packages. Discard such packages and place them in a bin outside! Webbing in corners is also sign of moth infestation.
These days, food moths are present everywhere. It is of utmost importance, therefore, to check stored provisions regularly to detect problems and discard affected products. Cupboards should be cleaned regularly, and crumbs removed so that the moths do not find any food and secretly become established.
* 100% extermination from existing pantry moths in private homes if properly used. After treatment with trichograms, avoid re-infestation (e.g. by purchasing the same "contaminated" products). All foods should be checked immediately.
For companies, producers, manufacturers, commercial use, etc. a continuous use of trichograms is recommended due to the high risk of re-infection from food deliveries.
Our weekly suggestion:
Foodmoths always lay their eggs in the vicinity of dry foodstuffs. This is where the cards with trichograms must be placed. Don't forget: Dried "real" flowers, straw decorations, ornaments using items such as dried slices of oranges (potpouries), straw stars or warming pillows filled with grains are also very popular places for moths to lay their eggs.
In your household, you'll achieve an effective extermination of existing moths after thorough cleaning and discarding foodstuffs affected by the moth larvae, and the usage of the beneficial insects (?) against the egg-laying moths. After using the cards, care must be taken not to introdyce the moths again, for example by buying contaminated products. All food should be checked immediately and stored, if possible, in airtight containers.
Using pheromone traps, and checking them regularly, facilitates early recognition of moth infestation and the timely employment of trichograms. Thus an extensive development of moths can be avoided, and greater damage in the company can be averted.