Aunt Norma's

How to Get Rid of Spiders Naturally

Kill Spiders NaturallyEven though spiders are a natural and beneficial part of our lives (they actually eat other insects) most people aren't thrilled to see them in their home.  I remember reading a statistic someplace that at any given moment, you are never more than 30 feet away from a spider.  Now, I don't have arachnophobia, but, honestly, I can't stand spiders!  I don't necessarily like smashing them, either, but I hate the thought of using a chemical insecticide in my home- especially in the kitchen.

How to Get Rid of Moths Naturally: Trichogramma wasps

    So, I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I was going to work up the nerve to try the natural predatory wasps that are supposed to eat pantry moth eggs.  I first heard of the wasps a couple years ago when one of my customers suggested that she might try them.  I was pretty shocked- I had never heard of the moths and also was pretty horrified at the thought of setting a bunch of wasps lose in the house to get rid of moths...??!!  Aren't wasps a bigger pest than the stupid moths?

Get Rid of Pantry Moths before the Holidays!

How to get rid of pantry mothsDon't let bugs or moths ruin your Thanksgiving Dinner!  No one welcomes the idea of sitting down at the table, after hours of slaving away in the kitchen, and watching your guests' faces turn to horror as somebody finds a worm in their wild rice stuffing!  Seriously, honey, you might never live it down.  You know how cousin (fill in the blank) likes to gossip and has always been jealous of your pie crust anyways.  She's been waiting for a chance to take you down a few notches, hehe.

Natural Moth Control: Predatory Wasps

Trichogramma Wasps kill Pantry Moths     OK...this is going to seem like a pretty outlandish solution for pantry moth control, but I am going to conduct an experiment using Natural Predatory Wasps.   Once upon a time while researching pantry moths, I came across the mention of Trichogramma wasps.  The idea is that every pest has a natural predator, and in regard to the Pantry Moth- it is this type of Wasp.  Now, I have only ever had one single customer brave enough to try them on a really stubborn infestation that couldn't be entirely controlled by the spray b/c the moths were nesting in the drywall and she couldn't get to them.

Pantry Moths in the Winter: Last chance to get rid of them!

If you are dealing with pantry moths, you may think that, as the weather cools off, the moths are disappearing.  Many people make the mistake of thinking that this means that the moths are gone, only to find that they have another full-blown infestation as soon as the weather warms up in the spring.  The fact of the matter is that once the weather cools, the moths become lethargic, and the unhatched moths can go into somewhat of a "hibernation" phase- where they remain inactive and the process is slowed down enough that you will not be seeing adult moths during the cold months.

Pantry moths cannot do harm to clothing or carpets

I recently got a question about if pantry moths can harm clothing or rugs.  Pantry moths do not eat the fibers of clothing or carpets.  It IS possible that they might next and lay eggs there, but when the moths hatch into adults they will fly away in search of mates and food.  NOW- if the clothing or carpet has food particles on it- they could eat them...another reason to have seasonal clothing dry-cleaned before you put it away for storage. 

  Many people confuse pantry moths with clothes moths.

unusual pantry moth sources

    I may have found something that you might want to put on your information page. I have been ripping things apart that I didn't suspect before and now am suspicious of something. You know the GRASS they put over the foam in artificial plants? I found some of it (a tiny bit) under my TV. It had a fresh WORM in it!!! I had always feared they were living in my real plants but repotted every single one and they aren't there. My problem starts in the front room every year, they don't reach the pantry until about a month or so according to my traps.

Get Rid of Pantry Moths!!

Hi, everyone- just post your comment or question here by selecting the "comment" button underneath any post at all- I will receive the comment and it will open up the question to advice and shared experiences from other members of the forum as well. 

PAntry Moths in Cookbooks:

Q:  I left out the honey, canned beans, oil & vinegar...i guess i have to put it all away?

AN:  Ok- the canned goods are ok- but you should peel off the labels or wash the cans in hot soapy water. Honey...?  You just never know but I think you could do a visual inspection and see if there are any cocoons in the lid, etc.  Oils, vinegar- should be ok.   

 Q:  What I really seem to need is another refrigerator!  Oh to redo the 1970s kitchen! 

Questions about Pantry Moths: Cook the Cookbooks?

Aunt Norma:  First of all let me tell you that I am SO SORRY that you are dealing with these miserable pests.... it's enough to make you go bonkers!  Hand in there, though- you CAN win the battle and get back to your normal life.  Let me address your questions:

Q:  I want to deal with all the cookbooks as they def lay eggs in them.  Suggestions...oven? How long? Temp?

AN:  Oh my.  That's tough.  It's hard to cook or freeze them enough to kill the eggs without damaging the cookbooks.
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