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|Posted on 4 November, 2014 at 15:54||comments (3)|
|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 12 September, 2012 at 19:54||comments (0)|
Pantry moths can be a real nightmare to get rid of, but Aunt Norma's Pantry moth spray can really help. The spray contains all-natural, non-toxic ingredients so it is safe to use around food and pets. For those of you who are nervous about having your home sprayed with chemicals, this can be a practical and comforting option. Even though exterminators claim that the chemicals they use are safe, I'm not sure that I want to add any potentially toxic substance into my home, especially around my family and pets. If it's so "non-toxic", why does everyone have to leave the house for 5 hours after they spray?
It just seems like a more logical option to try something all-natural. After you spray, there's no need to avoid the kitchen or keep your family out of the house, in fact, many people like the scent that the essential oils leave behind in your kitchen. The moths, however, hate the smell of it- so they are likely to clear out as soon as they get a whiff! The spray is most effective when used as directed in combination with a thorough pantry cleaning and clearing out, but it even works for those who are too busy to bother with the whole cleaning process- if you spray the affected area and also set a pantry moth trap out. This is kind of a short-cut option, the spray will repel the moths out of the pantry and into the open where they will be lured into the trap. The treatment can take some time to fully get rid of the moths, (it's almost impossible to get every egg and moth in the entire house once you have an infestation, and even a single moth can lay up to 300 eggs a day, so they reproduce like rabbits!!), but many people don't see moths after the first day that they use the spray.
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|Posted on 31 August, 2012 at 17:49||comments (1)|
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|Posted on 20 July, 2012 at 0:51||comments (6)|
I am very interested to see what happens with pantry moth infestations after the hot summer months are over! It seems like these things just flourish in the summer, but what happens in colder climates during the fall and winter? I read that they can hibernate...but for how long? Do they literally sleep all winter and then come out when it gets warm?
If anyone has had an issue with pantry moths during the winter I would love to hear about it. It would be great if they just simply died out on their own when the weather got cold, but somehow I doubt it. I am also happy to say that afterusing Aunt Norma's Pantry moth spray for my infestation at the beginning of the summer, I have not had any more problems!! There IS hope, afterall. I am still very careful to put newly purchased bags of rice and grains in the freezer for a week before I add them to my pantry, and I touch up with the spray every week or so, and I haven't seen a single moth.
I also have been finding some other interesting uses for the spray. I bought and re-finished an antique dresser that had been in storage for a seemingly long time. It was really dirty adn while I was cleaning it out, found a nest of spiders (YUCK!!!) I sprayed the pantry moth spray in the drawers right on the wood. It actually gave the wood a lovely aroma, it really soaked in and I haven't seen a single spider since- I guess they don't like the dpray much either. Also, I was trying to slepp and had the windows open because of the heat, and was getting eaten alive by a mosquito. It was such an aggressive assault that it woke me up- with 3 HUGE bites! I didn't know where my DEET was (and honestly I hate using that stuff b/c of the chemicals, I htink it affects my sensitive skin) so I went to the kitchen and grabbed the pantry moth spray and misted my hair and my nightgown, went back to bed and slept peacefully the rest of the night!
|Posted on 4 July, 2012 at 14:00||comments (2)|
Well, I am happy to say that I haven't seen a pantry moth in my house in quite some time, so I have effectively handled my pantry moth infestation. To my horror, however, this morning I saw a flea on my little doggie! Fleas are almost as difficult to get rid of as pantry moths, but if you start early and keep your carpets and pet areas clean and treated, you can discourage fleas from making your house their home. I started by spraying down my dogs bed and surrounding areas with Aunt Norma's pantry moth spray. The spray, though formulated for pantry moths, can also help deter other bugs and insects. I am developing a specific formula to help with fleas, but in the menatime why not do double duty with the Pantry Moth spray? You can spray it on area rugs or near the entrance ways to keep fleas from entering your home on their own.
I also wanted to point out that to keep pantry moths away, it is important to touch up with the spray every couple weeks or so to keep the "scent" fresh. This has really helped in my own experience and has made the moths more likely to fly into the pantry moth trap I have set out on top of the refrigerator. Just use the spray like poutpourri spray and lightly mist theinside of cabinet doors, for example, as an easy way to repel moths without having to do the whole "clean out the entire pantry" step again. I have also taken to putting any new bags of grains or beans in the freezer for a few days before I add them to thte pantry. That way, I won't re-infest my entire cupboard if the new item does actually contain any eggs. Freezing the food will kill any eggs and I have found that pretty much everything can be frozen without any detriment to the integrity to the product after it is thawed. I have frozen rice, flour, beans, spices, cereal, powdered sugar, and cakemixes. Then I simply set them out on the counter to thaw, wipe off any excess moisture, and return them safely to the pantry. I know if you are vigillant and follow the steps and advice listed on the website that you, too, can get rid of your pantry moth infestation for good!