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|Posted on 10 September, 2014 at 8:42||comments (0)|
I may have found something that you might want to put on your information page. I have been ripping things apart that I didn't suspect before and now am suspicious of something. You know the GRASS they put over the foam in artificial plants? I found some of it (a tiny bit) under my TV. It had a fresh WORM in it!!! I had always feared they were living in my real plants but repotted every single one and they aren't there. My problem starts in the front room every year, they don't reach the pantry until about a month or so according to my traps. Well anyway, I have my artificial ones in the shower under scalding hot water. I am putting bleach in the bases of them. I have a huge fireplace and 3 bookshelves on each side with a 6 ft mantle that I keep books, pictures then fill in with some artificial things because it doesn't get enough sunshine.
I just never suspected the GRASS but have always made sure there no dried flowers, or anything like that. I found some little decorative glass bowls and have filled with a cornmeal/boric acid mixture that I can hide behind pictures and things.
Well anyway, the fight goes on, I am in the 5th year. They will be gone by October and back in July but please God, let this be the last year.
Wanted to let people know about the grass, thanks.
|Posted on 31 May, 2013 at 17:12||comments (3)|
So, As many of you have noticed, as the weather warms up, Those darn pantry moths you thought you got rid of last fall are all of a sudden BACK!! "What the heck is going on?", you ask, as just the sight of a single pantry moth flying around the kitchen brings back those feelings of disgust and panic you felt the last time you had to deal with this pest.
The truth is, that although you may not have seen them in awhile, these moths are probably part of the original gang that you were dealing with before. Under normal circumstances, a pantry moth egg/ larvae hatches in 2-14 days. When the weather cools off, though, the larvae can go into somewhat of a hibernation mode, and they can stay in their lovely cocoon for months. When the weather warms up, all of a sudden, these moths decide it's time to emerge. As a single female moth can lay up to 300 eggs, it is unlikely that you got all of the eggs the last time around (especially since the moths can lay eggs ANYWHERE...like on the underside of picture frames or in corners of other rooms besides the kitchen). So don't immediately assume that the moths are back in your food. You likely can avoid a full-blown pantry clean out with just a few simple steps. Keep in mind- these are probably just left over moths, so if you nip it in the bud, you can avoid another full-blown infestation.
The very first thing I would recommend doing is putting out a pantry moth trap. This is the most effective place to start that also requires the least amount of effort. Just place a pantry moth pheromone lure trap someplace close to where the pantry is- like on top of the refrigerator. A pantry moth trap will lure and trap the male moths, so that the breeding cycle is interrupted hopefully before it begins! I would also be careful to protect the food in your pantry to prevent the moths from feeding on it. The easiest way to do this is to seal all food items in glass or suction-lid containers. I like to keep most of my grain products in the freezer to eliminate ANY chance of moth infestation. Another easy trick is to spray an insect repellent, like Aunt Norma's Pantry Moth Spray, around the cabinets and shelving. Be sure to use a NON-TOXIC spray if you are going to do this without removing the food first. Aunt Norma's is made from natural essential oils so it is safe to spray directly around sealed containers (obviously not IN the actual food) to deliver the scent that keeps discourages moths without having to worry about chemicals in and around your food.
If you follow these easy steps, you should be able to get ahold of a moth re-infestation before it becomes a big issue (or ruins your groceries!!). Anyone who has spent countless hours cleaning out their pantry and throwing away hundreds of dollars of food knows that it is better to quash a moth problem before the moths take over. Being vigilant when you first see a moth can prevent a lot of needless work and expense later. You know what they say about an "ounce of prevention"!!
|Posted on 21 November, 2012 at 15:42||comments (0)|
|Posted on 11 June, 2012 at 1:30||comments (15)|
Ok, so as if it's not gross enough to have to deal with pantry moths at home, I went out to one of my favorite restaurants this weekend and halfway through my dinner, I noticed pantry moths flying around the place! I was surprised that even upscale eateries have this problem. Technically, they aren't harmful and I guess that the health board doesn't look for them, but anyone who has ever found a pantry moth worm in their food knows how disgusting it is to have these things around. My thought was, as I quickly lost my appetite, that where you see moths, you can pretty much be sure that there are moth eggs and larvae in the food.
I didn't have the nerve to say anything, but I really might ship them a few bottles of Aunt Norma's pantry moth spray in an anonymous letter, haha. I hate to think that the food I was paying $$$$ for might be infested with these things. I think it is also really important for restaurants to use organic, non toxic and safe pesticides because I don't really trust what is in the chemical sprays, and I certainly don't want it around my food! I believe that some of the better food places (and grovery stores) are actually more prone to having the moths because organic grains and dried goods are usually not treated with pesticides or bleached with chemicals in the manufacturing process, which is good because it means the food is healthier, but is bad because it means we might be hatching pantry moths in our expensive organic grocery items.
I also went to my favorite large chain pet store this weekend and as I was stocking my cart with dog food and treats, I noticed pantry moths flying around there, too! I remember reading that pet food can be a really likely place to find the pantry moths and their eggs. Luckily, I've never had a problem because I buy canned dog food, but for those of you out there still having pantry moth issues, consider this as a possible source. It seems like once you know what they are, you start to notice them everywhere! I am happy to report that after thoroughly treating my kitchen with Aunt Norma's Pantry Moth Spray, I no longer have a problem at all. I still see the occasional moth flying around, but they won't go near the areas where I streated, and I have set out a pantry moth trap in other areas of the house to catch the few remaining moths before they can start reproducing again.
I noticed something strange (but good) in the time since I used the spray- it repels spiders as well! I thought that I was having a spider convention in my house, but I then realized that they were leaving! They were crawling out from the inner woodwork of my cabinets and flooring, where I had treated with the pantry moth spray... I guess spiders don't like this stuff either. I plan to try it on mosquitos and fleas (if my dog gets any) this summer.