You may see a few pantry moths, or a few dozen moths flying around your house. The webbing may not be dispersed throughout the food. Pantry moths are insects that can infect your food. If you are going to try this, then I would recommend watching my video about saving money on herbs and spices where I specifically discuss Bay leaves. Placing herbs in the pantry is another good preventative measure. Pantry moths hate peppermint and vinegar also. 1. Pour the vinegar and essential oils into the spray bottle. If you have essential oils at home, add a few drops of peppermint oil to the water. Have you prayed about it? I have started putting anything that I bake with in the freezer for at least 5 days. If you don’t have a container for food items such as flours, you can just store them in the freezer until you use them or have enough space in the container for them.
If you could adjust your thinking a bit and see the tiny steps required to go where you want to go, you might find that you wouldn’t have to risk SO much money to start. If I had known what I know now, I probably wouldn’t have contracted them to begin with. Figure out a workable plan that fits with your budget and your time – your budget and your time might have to make adjustments, which is (again) hard. Eventually, like a caterpillar they will make a cocoon. It will turn into a small whitish colored worm – like a caterpillar with no hair. Well, it is most likely that the small almost invisible eggs come into your home inside of food packages. Place peppermint tea bags in each back corner of shelves where food is stored to deter moths and mice. To be on the safe side dispose of all grains, dried fruits, nuts and sugar that have been stored in plastic bags or improperly sealed containers.
They like grains, but I’ve also found them in nuts, beans and sugar. You must empty all the cupboard and literally go through everything one by one especially cereals, flours, nuts, biscuits, grains, crackers etc. You should also check pet food, dried fruit and even dried flowers. Plus whenever you purchase new dry items – flours, grains especially – remember to store them in the freezer for a few days before putting them into a storage container. When purchasing any type of flour/cornmeal/etc, check the shelves at the store. Check several shelves. You might be afraid that you will look like some kind of weirdo moving bags of flour around – but trust me – it’s better to feel like a weirdo than to battle these awful moths. In the photos, I have done my best to remove identifying information from the bags of flour. Pantry moths can fly into open cereal boxes, bags of flour and other containers even if they’re “closed.” A cereal box has seams for the moths to enter and larvae can eat through the plastic and paper covering the food.
If the grains or food particles appear to be attached to the sides of the container by tiny hairlike strings, then they’ve been contaminated by pantry moth larvae. When the larvae eat through the bag the holes look like pin holes. What you are looking for – besides the obvious moths and larvae – is also webs and clumps of stringy or grainy material in the food. A pantry moth can infect nearly any food stuff. That is the stringy stuff. Maybe we should suggest that they read HOW DO YOU GET RID OF PANTRY MOTHS, lol. Look towards the back of the shelf for flying moths, dead moths and moths resting on the underside of the shelf above. As I searched for my favorite flour I noticed a dead moth on the shelf. If you use shelf liners these need to be removed and washed in hot soapy vinegar water or thrown away. Make sure the vacuum the little holes that hold the shelf brackets.
9. Regularly vacuum your home. If not, use a vacuum cleaner to hoover every little corner. Just let me leave a little disclaimer right here: I am NOT a bug professional. You have things that you would like to accomplish, right? No thanks. We will just leave this conversation right here. If you start investigating, you will see mentions of spreading Bay leaves in the cabinet. Bay leaves can be expensive, so follow my instructions. Also you can add a bay leaf directly to your canister of flour, rice, or other dry food. Pantry moths are destructive pests, they can eat through packaging and they lay eggs on food. This way you can kill the moth eggs. This post reflects how to get rid of and kill pantry moths. Pantry moths are not only annoying when you see them flying around in your home but they can also wreak havoc on your cupboard. When we talk ourselves into stopping before we even start we are losing out on some wonderful experiences.