Ok, so no one wants to think about worms in your food, but this is how I figured out that I had a pantry moth probelm. if you have seen those small flying moths around your kitchen, it's pretty likely that your stored foods have been invaded with Pantry Moths. It took me awhile to figure out what they were...termites? Fruit flies? I had never seen them before, and at first it was just a few of them flying around the kitchen, so I didn't really worry about it. (first mistake!) I kept thinking they were coming from outside, but even though I was careful to keep the doors and windows closed, I kept seeing more of them.
Also, I started noticing a few little white worms around the kitchen. Again, I failed to put two and two together and thought maybe they had come from the fruit I recently purchased at the Farmer's Market. The final straw for me was when I steamed a huge pot of brown rice, and after eating half of the bowl, noticed little dead worms mixed in with the rice grains. EWW!!!!! Soooo gross! (I don't think I'll be able to eat rice again for a long time.) Finally realizing that I had a real problem, I began doing some research, and discovered more than I ever wanted to know about the Indian meal moth, or "Pantry Moth
". At first, I just threw out the remaining back of rice and figured "problem solved". But the more I researched (and continued to see moths flying around my kitchen) I realized that these pests are notoriously difficult to get rid of. Almost no one online who had them seemed to be able to effectively get rid of them...some people even moved!
I decided that I was going to do whatever it took to get rid of these nasty things. I couldn't find any moth-specific all natural insecticide anywhere in stores or online, and I didn't want any kind of toxic chemicals around my food, my family, and my pets. My landlord wanted to do a bug bomb, but I was really worried about the leftover toxins, so I determined to find another way, and that's how I came up with the formula that would become Aunt Norma's Pantry Moth Spray. I have some experience with naturopathy and holistic alternative medicine, so I did a lot of trial and error to come up with a safe yet effective spray to get rid of these moths for good. Every ingredient used is on the EPA safe list, and this is so natural that you don't have to worry about using it around food or pets.
I did everything exactly how I described in this website, and I noticed that even though there were a few adult moths flying around that I had missed, they wouldn't go back in the cupboard! That meant that not only had my spray killed the eggs and larvae, but that it was repelling any remaining adult moths from returning to the treated areas. Thrilled (and anxious to use my kitchen again) I even returned all of my spices and dried good back to the pantry without further incident. Now I just put a pantry moth trap on top of my refrigerator, and touch up the corners of my shelves with Aunt Norma's Pantry moth spray. I am so happy to be rid of these pests and how well the product worked that I started mixing up batches for my friends and family to use in their