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Why are the pantry moths coming back??!

Aunt Norma,
 
Here is a picture to give you an idea of what I'm working with. I'm sitting on the couch in the main living room taking the picture. On the left is the sitting room/tv room. Middle is living room (where I'm sitting) and china cabinet area(where you see the picture of the dogs on the wall) , the doorway on the left of the picture is the kitchen. then you see the mirror and all the way on the right is the foyer and front door.

I have a trap in every room because I don't want them traveling the whole house to get the another trap. And they ALL have moths on them! Just put one where the china can area is because my housekeeper said she saw one there. Also have a trap in the pantry, cabinet with dishes and on the table in kitchen. Sooooo total of 8 traps around the house. Only one without moths is the one in the pantry where all the food is! I'm grateful but so angry!!!!

Okay so there you have it. Advice?
How long do they take to die off or is there something I'm missing and they keep replicating???
AUNT NORMA'S RESPONSE:
If you live somewhere with seasons, it is possible that these are eggs left over from the last time and they were "Hibernating".  Well, they don't really hibernate, but they can take a lot longer to hatch when it is cooler, like up to 41 days.  So count back till the last time you had moths... I think it's been longer, though- so probably these are new moths.  If you are NOT seeing them in the pantry, it is likely b/c of the scent of the spray.  Try spraying some of the other areas, like around the closet (but not on clothes it might stain) to hopefully get them out in the open.  Keep watch on your grain and pet food products, if they can't get to the food and you have moth traps set out- this should interrupt their life cycle and they will die off before taking hold in your house again.  The life cycle really varies and can take anywhere from 30-300 days, so the sooner you get a handle on it the better.  I know it's really frustrating.  I wonder why you are so prone to them...?  It's strange.  I think the most troubling thing is that they are all over- not in just one area that you can treat.

Just try to keep your food safe, have the traps out, and go on with your life knowing you are doing all you can.  Eventually, they will die off and you can have some peace again.  Keep touching up with the spray in areas where you see them.
Good luck.
 
RESPONSE:
I am in Houston... we have 4 seasons and now it is starting to get hot and they are hatching.  I had a quiet winter and thought they were done!  Last night when I sprayed I saw 5 in the air but can't pipoint from where!!!  I am so frustrated, as you already know.   this morning the trap by my door has 11 on it.. I have searched high and low in that area and can't find anything!!!!
 
AUNT NORMA'S RESPONSE:
Which door...? One leading outside? Maybe they are just coming in from outdoors...?  Soo frustrating! I think they are everywhere right now though- I was running errands yesterday and saw one at Ross and also at CVS!!! They must be hatching all over for spring. 
 
RESPONSE:
Okay soooooo I put a trap outside on the front porch yesterday and there are now 15! and only 4 new ones on the trap inside the foyer... What can I do about outside... there is still a cabinet in my kitchen with just dishes that I am catching them but I'm not so much worried about that one... Soooo what to do about outside!
 
AUNT NORMA'S RESPONSE:
Wow! That's very interesting....! A little bit comforting but not THAT much as still have to figure out how to keep them away. I guess they just keep coming in from outside (as opposed to keep hiding and hatching in the house...) 
 
Is the Porch made of wood? Ate there places where the moths could be besting underneath? If yes- you could try an exterminator or done more serious chemical pesticides. Aunt Norma's is designed for gentle and safe INDOOR use- probably wouldn't be that effective outside. You could try something stronger since treating outside wont be putting your food, pets, or personal health in jeopardy. 
 
If you don't want to use chemicals... Try putting out some citronella candles (outside on porch) or one Of those electronic repellents if you have an outlet. 
 
We'll figure this out yet!
 
RESPONSE:
I will have my husband spray tonight... It is an old house and made of the same siding on the house... PLENTY of places for them to nest.   Thanks!!
 
 

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I have a trap in every room because I don't want them traveling the whole house to get the another trap. And they ALL have moths on them! Just put one where the china can area is because my housekeeper said she saw one there. Also have a trap in the pantry, cabinet with dishes and on the table in kitchen. Sooooo total of 8 traps around the house. Only one without moths is the one in the pantry where all the food is! I'm grateful but so angry!!!!
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Ambor on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 11:25 PM
I have pantry moth larvae coming in from outside my apartment. Every night I literally see one crawl in from under the front door. I kill it instantly, spray pet friendly bug killer ( I have a cat) an ive started spraying windex because my friend said ammonia kills them. I can't find the exact source of them. I occasionally have seen them on the wall of my apartment building. I told the landlord who sprayed but what can I do to keep them out of my apartment? Thanks so much. Ill do anything. I'm afraid to leave the apartment for more than one day because I don't want them to lay eggs inside. Thanks again. Ambor
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