Everyone is having problems with pantry moths at this time of year. But don’t feel bad, it’s nothing to do with bad housekeeping! Most of the moths come into your house already in bags of flour, rice etc. So the only way to be sure you don’t get them is to follow these four steps to get rid of pantry moths and hope they don’t cause quite so much damage next year:
- When you get your rice, flour etc before you put it in the pantry place it in the freezer for 24 hours to kill any tiny eggs. We actually eat them all the time without realising and they do us no harm but they do hatch in your cupboard and that’s when we get the little larvae and moths that then lay more eggs and so the cycle repeats.
- If you can see them in your bags of carbohydrates throw them out in a sealed rubbish bag that is outside of your house and start again. If you have hens they love the extra protein!
- Take everything out of your pantry and wash with warm soapy water, I use our Hemp & Rose Dish Wash Liquid. Make a spray by mixing 1/4 tsp each eucalyptus, lemon and peppermint essential oils with 110ml Wendyl’s white vinegar. Shake and spray directly onto clean shelves and the inside of cupboards.
- Try a few drops the essential oils mentioned above on cotton wool balls and leave them strategically around your pantry.
- You can also distribute Bay Leaves around your pantry, this seems to work for some but not others, perhaps this depends on the quality and freshness of the leaves, worth a try though. I use the essential oil option in my pantry and have also bought the pheramone traps in the past when we had a larger infestation.
- To purchase Wendlys Double Strength White Vinegar go here and for Essential Oils click on this link