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Get Rid of Moths with Aunt Norma's Pantry Moth Spray!

Posted on 27 February, 2015 at 18:16 Comments comments (37)

SO YOU HAVE PANTRY MOTHS

     If you are reading this, it is likely because your kitchen and peace of mind have been invaded with a tiny flying nemesis known as the Pantry Moth.  By the time you have noticed them, chances are they have already set up shop in your pantry and in your food.  If you see one, there are plenty more that you haven’t seen.  The good news is that they aren’t poisonous or disease-ridden.  Gross as it is, if you have accidentally eaten one, it won’t hurt you.  The bad news, however, is that they are notoriously difficult to get rid of. 


SOME PANTRY MOTH FACTS

    Often called the “flour moth”, the Indian- meal Moth is light brown in color and usually about 8-10 mm in length.  They lay eggs and spin silky webs and cocoons where the worms or caterpillars, called waxworms, spend some time until they hatch.  The moth larvae are off-white with brown heads.  The entire life cycle of this species may take 30 to 300 days. Female moths lay between 60 and 400 eggs on a food surface, which are ordinarily smaller than 0.5 mm and not sticky. The eggs hatch in 2 to 14 days. The larval stage lasts from 2 to 41 weeks, depending on the temperature. They are more active in the summer.  

HOW THEY GOT IN

The pantry moth is actually very common.  It is likely that the eggs were already in something you bought and have stored long enough for the eggs to mature.  There is almost no way to completely avoid buying grains and food products that contain them, but obviously if you see the moths flying around your favorite grocery store, you might want to shop someplace else for awhile.  Items you buy in the “bulk” section are a somewhat higher risk, and organic foods are somewhat more likely to contain them as they are not usually bleached and sprayed with chemicals.  Pet food and bird seed are often likely culprits as well.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

     The Indian-meal moth larvae can infest a wide range of dry foodstuffs such as flour, cereal, bread, pasta, rice, spices or dried fruits and nut.  Honestly, though, these things can literally worm their way into just about anything.   I have found them in such strange places as in a Pepto Bismol bottle and at the bottom of drink mix containers.  They also can seemingly get through glass and plastic containers, although often this is because the food inside already contained eggs which later hatched.  They really can crawl into even the tightest surfaces, though, and any container with a screw top can allow them to crawl up the ridges and into the food inside.  They can also eat through plastic bags and cardboard boxes.  So once you have seen them, no food in your pantry can be assumed safe.  They only need a miniscule spec or crumb of food to survive on.

     The worms also find other non-food sources for which to spin their cocoon to pupate (ew!), like in corners, crevices in the wood, or the underside of canned goods and the inside of container lids.  Look for not only the adult moth, but also any silky webbing, food particles clumped together, or little “dust balls” waiting to hatch.  Once they start reproducing, they can travel to other areas of the home and start the process all over again.


STEPS TO GET RID OF THEM

     Now that you are thoroughly disgusted and understand the enemy, it’s time to get started.  There is a lot of work to do, and sadly, there’s no shortcut.  This is war.  You need to begin by removing every item from your pantry.  You will be tempted to avoid this step, but it is crucial.  Next, throw out pretty much everything.  If you can’t bring yourself to toss hundreds of dollars of food into the trash, there are some alternatives, but be warned, it might not get rid of the problem and you could end up having to toss everything a few weeks later anyways.
 
  First, you can transfer any items that don’t seem affected into the freezer.  None of the stages of the organism (eggs, larvae, adults) is very temperature-tolerant and all can be killed by a week of freezing or by brief heating in a microwave or conventional oven when such treatment is practical.  Just make sure that your freezer is set to its coldest temperature or the little buggers will merely hibernate.

   Next, if you want to keep some items like canned goods and spices, you must inspect each one and then wash them in hot soapy water.  Check everything, like inside the spice bottle lids and behind the canned good labels.    Do this for every single thing that will be returning to your cupboard. Nothing is safe.  Check baskets, shelf liners, cookbooks and recipe boxes.   Trust me, you only want to do this once, so do it right. 

      Now you need to clean the pantry like you have never cleaned before.  Cancel your plans for the rest of the weekend.  Remove any loose shelf liner, and wash down ALL surfaces with hot soapy water or Aunt Norma’s Pantry Moth Spray.  The benefit of using the spray is that you can do two steps in one and the results will last longer.  The spray contains soaping agents as well as essential oils and other moth and insect repellents that will not only kill the eggs and larvae but deter the adult moths from returning to lay more eggs and start the whole process over again. 

If using the spray, make sure to liberally coat all areas.  Use the far-reaching trigger to get into areas like door hinges (a favorite place for moths to cocoon), ceilings, holes, corners and spaces or gaps where the panels don’t completely meet.  It is best to wear gloves and a mask for this.  Keep a sponge and a bucket of hot water nearby, and wash down all surfaces.  Allow to dry before returning any food to the pantry.

  
At this stage, hopefully you have killed all the existing eggs and larvae, but you are probably going to still see some adult moths flying around over thenext few days to weeks.  They bugged out when the cleaning started or were hiding in another part of the home.  They won’t want to return to the pantry.  After all, there’s no food for them anymore and they HATE the smell that the spray has left behind, but they are desperately looking for a place to mate and lay eggs.   

Collect your family members and anyone living in the house and instruct them to hunt and kill any adult moths they see.  If you have issues about bug-killing or karma, you’re going to need to get over it…quickly.  You have a small window of opportunity to kill these remaining menaces or you will be back to square one before you know it.  If you need some motivation, keep in mind that these creatures are not nice.  They are actually carnivorous and will even eat each other.  They also will try to attack you when you are swatting them.  Don’t be fooled, they are not cute and they are not your friends.   

You can also discourage re-infestation by leaving Pantry Moth essential oil diffusers in the corners of your cabinet or by frequently touching up with the spray.  The moths hate this stuff.   Keep all foods in airtight, preferably glass, containers, and store whatever you can in the freezer.  You can set out some Pantry Moth Traps to kill any adults that you either missed or any that have hatched since you cleaned.  This is a pheromone trap that lures the males and can be a good alternative to spending all of your free time moth-hunting.  Good luck!




How to Get Rid of Pantry Moths

Posted on 27 February, 2015 at 18:10 Comments comments (7)

Question:  Hi- can you tell me if the Pantry Moth Spray Kills Pantry moth eggs and larvae as well as the adult moths? And also, how do you use it/ how does it work?  thnx

Aunt Norma:  Yes, it will kill any larvae and eggs that it comes into contact with.  The problem with this, though, is that because even one female moth can lay up to 300 microscopic eggs per day, it is practically impossible to get all the eggs.  The way to deal with this is through a system that I have developed that gets rid of the pantry moth infestation permanently by interrupting their breeding practices and keeping them away from any source of food.  This is best accomplished in the following steps:


1).  Clean out the cabinets and any areas where food, bird seed, or pet food is stored. 

2).  Spray Aunt Norma's Pantry moth spray to cover all areas.  Leave the cabinet doors open overnight or long enough to dry.

3).  Place any food that will be returning to the cupboard into glass airtight containers, and/ or place anything that you can in the freezer.  You want to keep any moths that will hatch in a week or so (from eggs that were not killed by the spray) from getting back into any food.  The scent of the spray deters any hatched adult moths from returning to the areas where the scent still lingers.  This is why is works in two ways:  to kill the eggs/ larvae and adult moths, and to also repel moths from returning to the food and starting the whole cycle all over again.

4).  I always recommend that my customers also use a pantry moth trap.  I sell them online (you can purchase the spray and the trap in a "Pantry Moth Kit") or you can simply pick up a trap at any major home and hardware store (like Home Depot).  The trap lures and kills adult males so that the breeding cycle will be interrupted. 

 This way, as you can see, the moth infestation doesn't stand a chance.  The other methods don't work because they only deal with the CURRENT moths, and ignore the potential for missed eggs (which can honestly be anywhere in the home... I once found some moth larvae behind the glass of a picture frame in my living room!!).  The "second round hatching" is a common reason for what is perceived as a re-infestation, when in fact is is still part of the original infestation that wasn't dealt with properly.   Aunt Norma'ssystem deals with the infestation in a more holistic way that ensures that your moths will be gone for good. 

 I hope this helps.  Please let me know if you have any more questions or if I can be of further assistance in any way.

 

 

How to Get Rid of Pantry Moths Naturally

Posted on 23 January, 2015 at 13:04 Comments comments (4)

Question:  Thank you for getting back to me. Last Friday I took all food out of my pantry and threw about 70% of it away. Anything that still looked okay I put in the freezer. All of my "other stuff" was put outside (we live in the Midwest and it's pretty cold out). The stuff I put outside was unwashable. For example, bills, paper towel, etc... Do you think the stuff outside will be okay if it's been in the cold for a week? I washed my entire pantry down with soap and water. I also sprayed all shelves and walls with vinegar. I didn't have any moths at the time, just the little white worms. I haven't seen any worms for 3 days now. I also plan on spraying everything down with your spray i bought too. I don't plan on putting anything back into the pantry until Sunday. Am I doing everything ok, or do you have any other suggestions? Thanks for your time!

A:  Aunt Norma:

     Sounds like you are doing great, Tracy.  Yes, I think that the items you have stored outside (as long as the temperature reaches freezing at least 3-5 consecutive days) should be OK... there IS a possibility that the eggs will go into a type of "hibernation", which sometimes happens in the colder weather, but hopefully the freezing temperatures will kill any hidden eggs.  Which brings me to another point:  You have likely gotten rid of all the adult moths INSIDE the house, and many of the worms and eggs, but be prepared for at least one final round of flying adult moths to hatch before this is said and done. 

     As you will see in the literature online and in the instructions, the way that this system works is by interrupting their breeding/ feeding/ mating, i.e., "LIFE" cycle. This process takes at least 4 weeks, as it takes about 4 weeks for a moth to hatch, pupate, and turn into adult moths.  so even just a few missed eggs (which there are guaranteed to be some, as they are microscopic in size and can literally be anywhere...) can technically start the whole cycle all over again.  This is why people have such a hard time getting rid of these pests, and why traditional treatments don't work.  The important thing is to maintain an unwelcome environment for the moths during that entire initial month after you have killed the first round of adults. This is accomplished by:

1).  Keeping the moths from laying eggs in or near the food (by storage methods and by keeping the scent of Aunt Norma's Pantry Moth Spray fresh near food storage areas, which acts as a strong moth repellent).

2). Preventing the moths from Mating(with use of a pheromone Pantry Moth Trap, which lures and kills the males).

3).  Preventing any hatched larva from feeding(again by proper food storage and cleaning so that the worms/ larvae- which is the only stage that feeds- cannot have access to any food source).

And there you have it!  If you can successfully accomplish the above steps, (and manage to NOT FREAK OUT when you are still seeing moths the first month), the buggers will be GONE before you know it.  I have many, many happy customers that have had success using my method.  Please keep me posted, and GOOD LUCK!

Thank you for your interest in Aunt Norma's.

 

-Aunt Norma

www.AuntNormas.com

 

 

 

 

How to Get Rid of & Kill Pantry or Indian meal moths

Posted on 17 December, 2014 at 23:27 Comments comments (0)

HOW TO GET RID OF PANTRY MOTHS
    
How to Get Rid of Moths (These are the instructions from Aunt Norma's Pantry Moth Spray... if you don't want to purchcase the spray- you can try filling a spray bottle with white vinegar and dish detergent in place of the Pantry Moth Spray)

      Now that you are thoroughly disgusted and understand the enemy, it’s time to get started.  There is a lot of work to do, and sadly, there is no shortcut.  This is war.  You need to begin by removing every item from your pantry.  You will be tempted to avoid this step, but it is crucial.  Next, throw out pretty much everything.  If you can’t bring yourself to toss hundreds of dollars of food into the trash, there are some alternatives, but be warned, it might not get rid of the problem and you could end up having to toss everything a few weeks later anyways.  FIRST, you can transfer any items that don’t seem affected into the freezer.  None of the stages of the organism (eggs, larvae, adults) is very temperature-tolerant and all can be killed by a week of freezing or by brief heating in a microwave or conventional oven when such treatment is practical.  Just make sure that your freezer is set to its coldest setting or the little buggers will merely hibernate.

 
ELIMINATE THE SOURCE    

NEXT, if you want to keep some items like canned goods and spices, you must inspect each one and then wash them in hot, soapy water or Aunt Norma’s Pantry Moth Spray.  Check everything, like inside the spice bottle lids and behind the canned good labels.  Do this for every single thing that will be returning to your cupboard.  If you miss some eggs or larvae, they will turn into moths and start reproducing again.  This is the most common reason for “re-infestation”.  Nothing is safe.  Check baskets, shelf liners, cookbooks, and recipe boxes.  Trust me, you only want to do this once, so do it right.

            NOW you need to clean the pantry like you’ve never cleaned before.  Cancel your plans for the rest of the weekend.  Remove any loose shelf liner, and wash down all surfaces with hot soapy water.  Next, Spray Aunt Norma’s liberally on all surfaces (and under shelves, in corners, etc.)  Use the far-reaching sprayer to get into areas like door hinges (a favorite place for moths to cocoon), ceilings, holes, corners and spaces or gaps where the panels don’t completely meet.  It is best to wear gloves and a mask for this step.  The spray contains non-toxic ingredients as well as essential oils and other insect repellents that not only kill the eggs and larvae but deter the adult moths from returning to lay more eggs and start the process over again.  You can wipe the areas lightly with a damp sponge to spread out the formula, or to absorb some if you went nuts with the spray and your pantry is dripping.   Allow to dry before returning any food to the pantry.

pantry moth trap            At this stage, hopefully you have killed all the existing eggs and larvae, but you are probably going to still see some adult moths flying around over the next few days to weeks.  Some might’ve escaped when the cleaning started or were hiding in another part of the home.  They won’t want to return to the pantry, though.  After all, there’s no food for them anymore and they HATE the smell that the spray leaves behind, but they are desperately looking for a place to mate and lay eggs.  It is at this point recommended to set out a Pantry Moth Trap to kill any escapees that you either missed or that have hatched after you cleaned.  This is a pheromone trap that lures the males and can be a good alternative to spending all of your free time moth-hunting.   In any case, don’t panic if you continue to see moths.  With one female laying up to 300 eggs a day, it is unlikely that you killed ALL of the eggs hidden in your home.  The process works by interrupting their life cycle, but this can take some time for them to all die-off.  As long as you keep them from getting back into the food (with the freezer method and with the spray scent in the pantry), they are doomed. 

SEARCH AND DESTROY

Conatiners Prevent Moths in Food  Collect your family members and anyone living in the house and instruct them to hunt and kill any adult moths they see.  If you have issues about bug-killing or are worried about karma, get over it…quickly.  You have a small window of opportunity to kill these remaining menaces or you will be back to square one before you know it.  If you need some motivation, keep in mind that these creatures are not nice.  They are actually carnivorous and are programmed for survival.  They might even try to attack you when you swat at them.  Don’t be fooled, they are not cute and they are not your friends.      You can also discourage re-infestation by using Aunt Norma’s Pantry Moth Spray to frequently touch up the pantry.  You can spray directly around sealed food containers as the spray is non-toxic.  The moths hate this stuff.  Keep all foods in airtight, preferably glass, containers, and store whatever you can in the freezer.  Good Luck!


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