enter image description here This bugs are everywhere in my house and we've tried so many home remedies, but they won't leave. Can anyone help us!?

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Biology.SE! I suggest you to take the tour to learn about the site and earn your first badge. Also, it is useful to include your geographical location when looking for a species identification. $\endgroup$ – LinuxBlanket Aug 5 '18 at 18:09
  • $\begingroup$ Also check any cat or dog dry food if you have any. $\endgroup$ – user45422 Aug 12 '18 at 17:52

That is an Indian meal moth Plodia interpunctella. Family Pyralidae. They are very common household pests. https://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/indian_meal_moth.htm They breed in grains or cereals. You need to look through your pantry, and find out what they have been breeding in. Seal up your grains and cereals in plastic, or put them all in the fridge.

  • $\begingroup$ They are also known in some areas as pantry moths, due to their association with that location, i.e. infestation. Note that plastic bags will not keep them out as both the adult moths and the grubs can chew though thin plastic. Infested plastic bags will have a multitude of silk threads, small uneaten food particles, and grub cases in it. The plastic containers need to have thick solid walls with an airtight lid. $\endgroup$ – CJ Dennis Aug 6 '18 at 0:51
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, you need to go through the items in your pantry, probably you will find some infested bags/boxes. Discarding them will help in getting rid of them. $\endgroup$ – Ozgur Ozturk Aug 6 '18 at 2:18

This is probably a common flour moth or a similar pyralid species. It has probably laid eggs in some cereal-derived products (pasta, cous cous, but also rice, oatmeal and the like) of your kitchen. First of all, check carefully your pantry for infested food and throw it away. Then (from the above Wikipedia link):

None of the stages of the organism (eggs, larvae, adults) are very temperature tolerant and all can be killed by a week of freezing or by brief heating in a microwave or conventional oven when such treatment is practical. Scrubbing infested areas with a mixture of soap and water or vinegar is also effective. [...] Nontoxic traps are also available to monitor outbreaks. One type of trap is a triangular box with a pheromone lure and sticky walls inside. These traps are generally known as pheromone traps. In this case, male moths are attracted inside by the female pheromone (the lure) and then get stuck against the sticky walls inside the box.

From personal experience, it can be sufficient to check the pantry and seal all the cereal-derived food into plastic bags.

  • $\begingroup$ It's possible you had a different species to the one I encountered. Mine were capable of chewing through plastic bags and infesting them. See my comment on Karl Kjer's answer. $\endgroup$ – CJ Dennis Aug 6 '18 at 0:54

I know this question is old but for the possible sake of later readers, with respect to mentioning plastic bags - at least some, if not all of the moth species commonly known to infest households do have a reputation for being able to bite through thin plastic bags, both the larvae and the adult moths.

Where that's the case, or can be suspected anyway, recommendations I have found are to use hard plastic containers with a tightly (and forcefully) closing lid for endangered food etc.

Quick sourcing (I did have sufficient original reputable sources when I wrote this answer passing by, the memory of them just eluded me):

This internet article states, though rather informally,

the larvae ... can bite through plastic and cardboard, [or] work their way through a screw lid jar if it’s not tightly closed.

This official page of this U.S. National Pest Information center* states explicitly (first paragraph there as of time viewed)

Larvae can chew through plastic bags and thin cardboard, so even unopened packages may become infested.

NPIC is, from the page footer here and on other pages, a cooperative agreement between Oregon State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

NOTE: Sourcing to continue as required...

  • $\begingroup$ Sources for this are pretty common across the web so no special citations here in this case (unless it gets requested and I find the time) $\endgroup$ – somebody_other Jun 13 '20 at 23:25
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    $\begingroup$ Please always provide citations when posting answers on this site. Otherwise, your post is likely to be downvoted or removed. Thanks! $\endgroup$ – theforestecologist Jun 13 '20 at 23:29
  • $\begingroup$ oops - got called out within 2 minutes for not adding explicit sources and citations. Received a downvote along with a message with that. Well, received. But please, @theforestecologist and everybody, just give me some time for that, will you? $\endgroup$ – somebody_other Jun 13 '20 at 23:31
  • $\begingroup$ BTW, for the hygiene of the knowledgebase - which I accept - I might temporarily retract my answer but I'm uncertain about whether that would remove it irrecoverably. Would that be a way to go, @theforestecologist? Thanks again for the heads-up. - Background information: I am really right now doing my due prior research for another question that I believe is not in the system at all but exactly to make sure it really is distinct I am reading all the QAs that the system thinks they might be. That's how I came across this question in the first place. $\endgroup$ – somebody_other Jun 13 '20 at 23:33
  • $\begingroup$ This post was written with no other intention than to be helpful. Please. $\endgroup$ – somebody_other Jun 13 '20 at 23:56

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