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Get rid of pantry moths!

Pantry Moths are Back Again!!

       With the weather warming up, you can expect to start seeing pantry moths again.  Often times, the eggs can go into a holding period, so to speak, from last season and not hatch again until the weather starts to warm up. Like many animals and insects, pantry moths can inherently know when spring is coming, and when it's time to start reproducing.  If you have spent the winter months moth-free, you may think that you are done with the pests forever, only to be shocked and horrified when you start seeing these pesky moths come spring.

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.

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.

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.

Pantry moths Came back...?

QUESTION:  I have had these buggers for about a year now.  Got rid of the food and cleaned like mad and moved the rest of the food out to the garage. Got the pheromone traps and your spray and got them down to catching one or two a month. Moved it all back in and bam! Back to the problem, only worse!

So repeated the process, and we are still in the midst, but there are no moths in the cupboard, just elsewhere in my four story house now!! I've had the pheromone traps for a month.

Deck the Halls with Aunt Norma's Pantry Moth Spray

Pantry Moths are BACK!!!!

So, As many of you have noticed, as the weather warms up, Those darn pantry moths you thought you got rid of last fall are all of a sudden BACK!!  "What the heck is going on?", you ask, as just the sight of a single pantry moth flying around the kitchen brings back those feelings of disgust and panic you felt the last time you had to deal with this pest.
The truth is, that although you may not have seen them in awhile, these moths are probably part of the original gang that you were dealing with before.
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