Our Pantry Moth Problem
Some time ago, while living in our first home, we had a really bad pantry moth infestation problem. It was horrible! I had no idea where the moths came from nor did I know how to get rid of them.
Before I go any further, let me explain how I found out that we had pantry moths. (Let me warn you know before you continue reading-this post may contain descriptions and pictures that might nauseate you-lol.)
One night I was making Rice A Roni when I noticed a bit of movement. When I looked closer, I realized that there were maggot looking worms in the rice. I will spare you the gross image of a maggot, but if you have never seen one, I can tell you that unless you have very good vision, they could pass for a grain of rice.
Ughhh!! It was awful! Needless to say-we ate out that night.
Now when I said some time ago, I meant it-this was before we were able to hop on a computer and figure just about anything out.
Not knowing what to do, I figured I would just throw EVERYTHING out and start over. I also invested in a ton of containers like these to store all of my rice and flour in:
After tossing everything out and cleaning all of the cabinets thoroughly, I put all of my new storage containers, holding the dried goods, back into the cabinets. Luckily, this seemed to do the trick.
Fast forward to now-17 years later. About six months ago, I started seeing a few pantry moths here and there flying around my kitchen. I instantly began to freak out especially because I am much older now and my vision is horrible (if you are over 40 you definitely understand lol). I started thinking back to the last time we had Rice A Roni and if I had inspected the rice carefully enough. Then I started pulling everything out of the pantry-just as I had done before. It worked then, so why wouldn’t I repeat the same process? As I was removing everything from the pantry, I discovered that the moths had created this disgusting web home in an old opened jar of peanuts. I was horrified. I began to grow a bit more concerned but figured that just throwing everything out would work. Well, it didn’t. A few days later, there were more than a few moths flying around my kitchen and then I started seeing them in the laundry room. The kicker was when I saw one upstairs in my bedroom! I immediately started researching this pesky insect and found the following:
-Pantry moths are not clothing moths-you cannot kill them using moth balls
-Pantry moths love flour, whole grains, almonds, raisins, pet food and other dry goods
-The best way to get rid of them is with pheromone
After a thorough online search of products I decided to purchase Dr. Killigan’s Premium Pantry Moth Traps.
Am I glad I did! After just a couple of days, I checked the traps and this is what I found…
I was shocked! That is, I knew we had a moth problem, but not to that extent. I opened every one of those moth traps (there are 6 in a pack) and placed them all over the house.
It has now been a couple of weeks and I still see a moth from time to time, but not nearly as many as before. These traps work great and are really easy to use (not to mention their nice packaging). You just open the trap, peel it apart and fold it. The pheromone is right in the sticky glue. The best part is, these pantry moth traps have a 100% money back guarantee. You can’t beat that.
I am happy to report that it looks like we are on our way to being moth free. Thank goodness!!