It does not happen very often, but I am sure I am not alone with this problem. It is not even something you like to admit. Who wants to make it public that you have food moths in your kitchen. It is a constant battle where you eventually ask who are the underdogs, the humans or the moths.
I live in the country and like to have my windows open. Suddenly a food moth flies into the kitchen and slips into the cupboard. It climbs into a packet of food (it does not even have to be open for the human eye). If it is a female in the family way, then you have the damage and they are not easy to eliminate and you might not even notice it until the babies (disgusting little objects) turn into moths like mum and dad.
What can you do? Of course you can kill them if you can catch them, but that is not the solution, because their offspring might be somewhere undiscovered. The only remedy (in our country) is to put sticky paper on the inside door of the cupboard. It is impregnated with female hormones, or something like that, and the male flies onto the paper and sticks and dies a sticky death. It looks a bit messy on the photo, but that is because I decided to put it out of its struggling misery on the paper. This makes sure that no families will be established and in a couple of weeks the moth plague might disappears if you are lucky.
Now we have Winter, a warmer winter than usual and I saw a moth flying around, very small, but I have trained eyes. It is unusual to have moths in Winter, but I had my suspicions. Today I stuck a sticky paper on the door and after checking I found a dying moth on the paper, stuck for life. I cleaned out the cupboard, removed anything suspicious that was open, and found nothing more. Ok, it is not an invasion, but I hate these insects. I am sure I am now on the winning side, but I often ask who is the underdog in this situation because I am on constant watch for food moths and I know they will return again.
It is really not something I like to admit, but slowly I am sure that this is an attack that most of us have had to suffer. Does anyone have any advice. It is all part of modern life and they are always ready to attack. You have to be very very careful with what you have in your food cupboard.