STEPS TO GET RID OF PANTRY MOTHS
Now that you are thoroughly disgusted and understand the enemy, it’s time to get started. There is a lot of work to do, and sadly, there is no shortcut. This is war. This page tells you the best way to get rid of pantry moths... for good. Aunt Norma's Pantry Moth Spray is a natural moth repellent that kills pantry moths along with their eggs and larvae, and keeps them from returning. You need to begin by removing every item from your pantry. Though it's tempting to avoid this step, it is crucial. Next, if in doubt, throw it out! If you can’t bring yourself to toss hundreds of dollars of food into the trash, there are some alternatives, but be warned, it might not get rid of the problem and you could end up having to toss everything a few weeks later anyways, and you want to get rid of pantry moths on the first try.
First, you can transfer any items that don’t seem affected into the freezer. None of the stages of the organism (eggs, larvae, adults) is very temperature-tolerant and all can be killed by a week of freezing or by brief heating in a microwave or conventional oven when such treatment is practical. Just make sure that your freezer is set to its coldest setting or the little buggers will merely hibernate...and you want to GET RID OF pantry moths!
ELIMINATE THE SOURCE
Next, if you want to keep some items like canned goods and spices, you must inspect each one and then wash them in hot, soapy water or Aunt Norma’s Pantry Moth Spray. Check everything, like inside the spice bottle lids and behind the canned good labels. Do this for every single thing that will be returning to your cupboard. If you miss some eggs or larvae, they will turn into adult pantry moths and start reproducing again. This is the most common reason for “re-infestation”. Nothing is safe. Check baskets, shelf liners, cookbooks, and recipe boxes. Throw out plastic and paper grocery store bags... sometimes these can harbor insect eggs. Trust me, you only want to do this once, so do it right.
Now, you need to clean the pantry like you’ve never cleaned before. Cancel your plans for the rest of the weekend. Remove any loose shelf liner, and wash down all surfaces with hot soapy water. Now liberally spray Aunt Norma’s Pantry Moth Spray on all surfaces of pantry. The spray contains non-toxic bio insecticide agents as well as essential oils and other insect repellents that not only kill the eggs and larvae but deter the adult moths from returning to lay more eggs and start the process over again.
When using the spray, make sure to liberally coat all areas. Use the far-reaching sprayer to get into areas like door hinges (a favorite place for moths to cocoon), ceilings, holes, corners and spaces or gaps where the panels don’t completely meet. Pantry moths can lay eggs just about anywhere. It is best to wear gloves and a mask for this step. Keep a damp sponge nearby, and spread the solution around if it starts to pool. Allow to dry before returning any food to the pantry.
At this stage, hopefully you have killed all the existing eggs and larvae, but you are probably going to still see some adult moths flying around over the next 2-6 weeks. Some of the moths bugged out when the cleaning started or were hiding in another part of the home. As one female can lay up to 300 eggs per day, it is likely that you have missed at least some of the eggs. It takes about a full month (in optimum climate and conditions) for a moth to complete it's life cycle- so it is normal to see moths for up to a month.
Don't worry, though, the trick is to interrupt the moths' life cycle and keep them away from the food source. As long as you can still smell the scent of the spray- so can the moths, and they won’t want to return to the pantry. It is also helpful at this point to put out a pantry moth trap, This is a pheromone trap with glue paper that lures the males. Don't put out more than one at a time, though, within a 20 foot radius, or the horny little moths will get confused and won't be able to effectively track the scent. A pantry moth trap can expedite the die-off process, and you can "touch up" the scent in the pantry by misting the doors and shelves with Aunt Norma's Pantry Moth Spray every few days during the first couple weeks. This 2-step system is the most effective way to rid yourself of a pantry moth infestation.
SEARCH AND DESTROY
Next, collect your family members and anyone living in the house and instruct them to hunt and kill any adult moths they see. If you have issues about bug-killing or are worried about karma, get over it…quickly. You have a small window of opportunity to kill these remaining menaces or you will be back to square one before you know it. If you need some motivation, keep in mind that these creatures are not nice. They are actually carnivorous and will try to attack you when you swat at them. Don’t be fooled, they are not cute and they are not your friends. For the faint of heart, a pantry moth trap can be a good alternative to spending all of your free time moth-hunting, and can help kill any adults that you either missed or that have hatched since you cleaned and sprayed.
For the most part, you can now place much of your food back in the pantry and return to normal life, comforted by the fact that the moths are on their way out! It is a good idea to keep what you can in the freezer, and place any returning pantry items in glass or suction-sealed plastic containers. That way- if you have missed some eggs in something (or purchase a product that contains them), you can easily identify which product needs to be removed before it causes a re-infestation. You can discourage re-infestation by leaving a swatch of fabric soaked in Pantry Moth Spray in the corners of your cabinet or by frequently touching up with the spray. The moths hate this stuff.
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