I've had my suspicions for a couple of weeks that I might have pantry moths as I've seen a couple of moths around the house, but only found evidence yesterday when I got a packet of bread crumbs out which was full of moths and webs. So right now I'm taking everything out and inspecting it and so far have taken all the dried fruit, nuts, biscuits and chips out and nothing yet! I know my mum has had huge issues in the past with re-infestation so I'm looking for your tips to make sure I only have to do this once. I'm about to get a big pantry extension and will put most things in glass jars then when I have the space so just need to get me through the next month or so!
I've read about peppermint oil (which I don't have, but might have peppermint essence - haven't got to that shelf yet) and bay leaves (which I do have) but don't actually recall what you're supposed to do with them. I'll come back and check in once I've emptied everything out 😊thanks in advance!
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20-04-2015 11:09 #1
Tell me about pantry moths!
20-04-2015 11:27 #2
I spoke too soon, they're in every packet of rice and most packets of pasta. Pretty sure there were even eggs in dried chickpeas!!
20-04-2015 11:28 #3Senior Member
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After a painful experience at the hands of these little blighters, we now use ziplock bags for everything and replace sticky pheromone lure traps (from Bunnings or the supermarket) every 3 months.
Best of luck!
20-04-2015 11:34 #4
Tell me about pantry moths!
20-04-2015 11:52 #5
I got rid of anything with them in and put everything in containers. So far it seems to have worked. Good luck.
20-04-2015 11:53 #6
Pretty much chuck everything and start again unfortunately ;(
20-04-2015 12:13 #7
Is there a picture of them?
20-04-2015 12:24 #8
Yep, we had to chuck pretty much everything, except things in tins. Even herbs and spices, and unopened packets of things. It sucked. Wipe out pantry with vinegar or disinfectant. Get into all the nooks and crannies. Ours liked the spare holes on the walls for adjustable shelves 😕 Afterwards, putting out the sticky traps and bay leaves seemed to help. Good luck!
20-04-2015 12:29 #9
Oh, not to make it more of a nightmare, but wipe over your tins too... We had some moths living on tins .. must have liked the paper 😕
20-04-2015 12:38 #10
Thanks for the tips! My god I have a lot of food in this cupboard, even after chucking heaps of it out!
I'll definitely wipe the shelves down a few times but while I have everything out, what so you think if I give it all a big spray with mortein then wipe it out? Or do you think it would hang around and may get into the food?
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