Pantry Pests

Pantry pests cause problems in food and other stored items. 

Collectively known as pantry pests, or stored product pests, these pests feed mostly on vegetable, but sometimes animal, material. Grains, nuts, cereals, pasta, cheeses, preserved meats, wool, leather, bird seed, dried flowers, rodent baits, and cigars are some items through which pantry pests can be introduced into our homes.

Dr. Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann provides insights about the management of pantry moths in this video.

The Indian Meal Moth can be confused with the clothes moth. Tinea and Tineola species; Family: Tineidae.

How Do I Manage Pantry Pests?


Remove all product from storage and locate the source of the infestation. Pheromone baits/traps, available online and in hardware stores, can be effective in both monitoring and slowing infestation by trapping adults, but these traps alone will not eliminate an infestation.


  • Remove dry food materials from the original packaging and store in airtight containers.
  • Store your items so the oldest items are used first.


  • Inspect your shelves and cupboards.
  • Keep shelf space clean and free of any food debris.

Manual Removal

  • Capture adults using a vacuum and discard the contents outdoors.
  • Stored product pests can be killed by freezing, heating, and dehydrating.

Pesticide Treatment - Not Recommended

Pesticide sprays should never be used in the pantry, in cabinets, or around food items.