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 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 then the moths that lay more eggs.
- If you can see them in your bags of carbohydrates throw them out in a sealed trash 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 Castile Rub an essential oil like tea-tree , eucalyptus, lavender or peppermint and rub it straight onto the shelves and insides of the cupboards or you can place it on little cotton wool balls and have those all over the place.
- Get a big bag of dried bay leaves. Put one in each airtight container with your rice, flour, legumes etc. Then put them liberally around the pantry. I just scatter them all through the place.
I’ve also had some success with the pheromone traps you can buy in the supermarkets.