Get Rid of Pantry Moths and Keep Them Out

Pantry moths are common in many households. We all have to deal with them even once in our life. They infiltrate your pantry and cupboards where you store your food like flour, cornmeal, rice grains, nuts, or seeds. And they can get into your pantry by purchasing these food supplies that are previously contaminated with moth larvae.

If you already have an infestation of pantry moths, the best way to deal with it is to first, clean up your storage areas. Take out all the content of your shelves and vacuum every nook and cranny thoroughly. Make sure that you dispose of the vacuumed waste properly and keep it away from the door or windows of your house. This is to prevent the pantry moths from re-entering your home and your kitchen.

The next thing you need to do is to wipe your cupboards with a vinegar solution using a rag or sponge. Now, you have to make sure that every part of your shelving unit is coated with this vinegar solution, especially the corners. If you donít like the smell of vinegar in your pantry, you can also opt for scrubbing your cabinets with soapy water. Make sure that youíve also washed the corners of your cabinets. Then, leave the cabinets to dry completely.

Now that youíve made sure that your storage area is clean of pantry moths, you need to prevent it from getting infested again. And the way to do this is by first, discarding all contaminated food. Donít be dismayed if you have to throw away a lot of food because it is not worth getting all your new supplies contaminated by pantry moths again.

Next, store your grains, nuts, flour, and seeds in air-tight containers. Ziplock bags are not advisable because these are easy to tear and gnawed at by pantry moths. You can also keep aromatic herbs and oils like cinnamon, bay leaves, lavender, and lemon peel in your cabinets to repel pantry moths. It even makes your pantry smell good! You can also put 2-3 bay leaves inside the container of your grains, nuts, flour, and seeds to keep pantry moths at bay.

I also recommend that you soak a cotton ball with eucalyptus oil and place it on the corners of your shelves and cabinet and replace it every month. This will keep pantry moths from infesting your pantry again.

And lastly, make sure that you are buying clean, non-infested grain, flour, and nuts by inspecting it before purchasing. If, however, you suspect that what you bought may have pantry moth larvae in it, store it in the freezer for 3 days. This will kill any eggs in the product.

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