A pantry moth invasion has been brought on by this year’s summer.
One expert from the South Australian Research and Development Institute said the recent hot spell is sparking an explosion in their population.
‘The warmer weather means they develop faster and this may be why they appear more prevalent,’ said Dr Peter Taverner in the Adelaide Advertiser.
Australians have already started to battle a strong infestation of cupboards, with one person saying ‘I keep thinking surely I’ve got them all, and the next morning they’re back.’
‘These moths lay minute eggs in tiny cracks and holes in the plastic packing,’ Dr Ted Edwards, an honorary fellow with CSIRO’s Australian National Insect Collection, told ABC.net
To avoid any future infestations, he recommends keeping dry foods in sealed containers, preferably screw-top jars.