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How can I rid my pantry of moths?

 
 
Green Witch
 
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Reply Sun 19 Sep, 2010 03:51 pm
@chai2,
I think if it wasn't for the protein they get in bug larvae vegans would be dropping like flies.

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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Sun 19 Sep, 2010 04:11 pm
@ibstubro,
Check out my post and the link within from a similar thread a few months ago:

http://able2know.org/topic/159401-1#post-4302285
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JPB
 
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Reply Sun 19 Sep, 2010 04:27 pm
@boomerang,
great idea.

Yes, I've noticed them in stuff I get from bulk bins too. I've also had them eat through ziploc bags.

If they're in a particular cupboard then I usually pull everything out of that cupboard -- even unopened cereal boxes -- and do a close inspection. You can usually find the nest in one or two items. Toss those and repackage or replace everything else that contains flour or grains. Wash the cupboard out with a mild cleaning solution (I use a small amount of bleach in a gallon of water) and then restock the cupboard.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 19 Sep, 2010 04:41 pm
@Green Witch,
Green Witch wrote:

Chai, If you leave grains, cereal or flour around too long the ever present larvae hatch and you get moths. Once you have them flying around they can be difficult to eliminate. Yes, we are all consuming moth larvae with our Raisin Bran et al, so take that all you vegans.

Laughing Ain't karma a girl-dog! Those damn vegans and their animal free diet based gloating! Serves them right! Surprised
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Sun 19 Sep, 2010 04:55 pm
You'll also find them hatching in bags of wild bird seed. That's how the infestation in my apartment back in California got started. Took several months and a lot of work to finally get rid of them all.
ibstubro
 
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Reply Sun 19 Sep, 2010 08:46 pm
@Eva,
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If you have moths, you must keep everything...especially flour, pasta, cereals & breads...in airtight containers. I keep flour inside a ziplock bag inside a canister. Ziplock bags work great.


Cool...thanks, I was thinking about popping the tops on the pasta and zipping in a bag.
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ibstubro
 
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Reply Sun 19 Sep, 2010 08:48 pm
@Green Witch,
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They make sticky traps for pantry moths that are very effective, just Google for a source. As Eva says, put everything in tight closing containers. You should also rotate your dry goods so nothing sits too long. I don't recommend moth balls, even the fumes, are poisonous to pets and especially children.


I have sticky traps out in 3 places in my home. I think I need to zip-up.
I'd never mothball. Anything. Ever.
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ibstubro
 
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Reply Sun 19 Sep, 2010 08:51 pm
@tsarstepan,
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The best chemical free way to keep one's house moth free is move in a family of brown bats in your pantry. Make sure you don't buy them at Walmart. They're extra cheap but those Made in China bats tend to carry rabies.


The last bat I saw on the premises was slow, erratic and in day light. Obviously the Walmart bats have taken over.
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ibstubro
 
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Reply Sun 19 Sep, 2010 09:02 pm
@chai2,
"If you have moths, you must keep everything...especially flour, pasta, cereals & breads...in airtight containers. I keep flour inside a ziplock bag inside a canister. Ziplock bags work great.

Can you put the canister inside a ziplock bag?"

I think you can get bags big enough to stand in while you put your zipper-bag filled canister in a zipper bag, but that might be overkill. These are seriously nasty insects that are difficult to eliminate!
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Setanta
 
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Reply Sun 19 Sep, 2010 09:04 pm
Every time i see this thread title, i read, how can i rid my panties of moths. That is not a felicitous mental image.
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ibstubro
 
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Reply Sun 19 Sep, 2010 09:15 pm
@Butrflynet,
My moths came from accidentally storing wild bird seed in the house, too. Local bird seed is filled with eggs/larva. Who ever thought that feeding the birds would come back on you?? lol
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