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E. Vinje
Keymaster

Hi Bob –

Yes, Trichogramma Wasps are very effective for getting rid of pantry moths (take a look at some of our online reviews and see what others have said about them). Release them as close as possible to the problem areas and let them do their job. You will probably never see them in your house and they will not bother you or your pets.

The pantry moth is considered to be the most damaging of the many moth species infesting stored products in the US. These small moths (1/2 inch) are often noticed flying in a zigzag pattern around kitchens and pantries.

To get rid of pantry moths indoors consider the following steps:
• Place grains, cereal products, pet food and other susceptible items in sealed containers
• Throw out ALL infested food items
• Use traps to monitor pest presence and detect problem areas
• Vacuum cracks, crevices and other insect hiding places
• Release trichogramma wasps over a couple of weeks to parasitize eggs
• Treat infested areas, including cracks/ crevices with diatomaceous earth to kill the larvae.

Note: It may take a few weeks before results are noticed.

Hope this helps!