February 1, 2012 at 12:47 am #256536
Any suggestions on how to make a natural spray to remove pantry moths?
We have cleaned out the pantry (again) and removed the offending bag of flour, But there are still moths flying high in the pantry.
We are using the pantry moth traps also.February 2, 2012 at 12:11 pm #519451
Dilute Pyrethrum & Lavender Spray.February 2, 2012 at 2:35 pm #519452
Chum08,if you are having so much trouble with pantry moths it might be a good idea to put flours etc in the freezer to kill off the moths before they hatch.
Do this as soonas you bring them home,to help break the cycleApril 2, 2012 at 1:01 am #519453
Although food product moths are pests traditionally associated with food factories, bakeries or commercial food stores, they are now becoming increasingly common in the home, with people finding tiny moths in their kitchen and wondering what they are all about. The Indian Meal Moth is sometimes referred to as the Pantry Moth. They are a common grain-feeding pest found around the world, feeding on cereals and similar products. The Mediterranean Food or Flour Moth is larger than the Indian Meal Moth. Although flour is the favourite food, grains, bran and breakfast cereals are also attacked.
Other signs that may suggest food moth activity are maggots in kitchens or on kitchen walls and ceilings. These maggots are actually the larval stage of kitchen moths.
Here are some tips on how to get rid of food moths for good:
1. REMOVE – Remove your food from the affected drawers or cupboards and vacuum really thoroughly paying attention to edges, cracks and crevices inside and out.
2. CLEAN – Thoroughly clean all surfaces that may be affected and leave to dry. Discard any infested foodstuffs away from your house.
3. KILL – Spray the affected storage unit to kill any eggs and / or larvae.
4. MONITOR / PREVENT – Place moth traps close to affected areas to monitor for adult moths and to break the breeding cycle. Natural anti moth products are now widely available, and MothPrevention.com offers helpful advice on this
5. REFRESH – Keep moth traps current and replace every 3 months – with warmer houses food moth damage and infestations are now a year-round problem, and moth prevention is better than cure.April 2, 2012 at 1:21 am #519454
Try putting dry bay leaves in the back of your cupboards.
:hug:April 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm #519455
I second the bay leaves. I freeze whatever I can for at least 24 hours now and that helps. I keep all nuts and seeds in the freezer permanently.
In the news this week, a customer on an airline found maggots in her packet of snack nuts but I’m sure they’ll discover that these are actually the larvae of the meal moth which look suspiciously similar. I nearly had a fit when I once found a sealed pack of nuts in a sealed plastic container crawling with “maggot-like” creatures.
http://www.google.com.au/search?q=indian+meal+moth+larvae&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=WJY&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=okd6T52mOoetiAe39LGJAw&sqi=2&ved=0CDwQsAQ&biw=1366&bih=596April 2, 2012 at 3:13 pm #519456
Good heavens Gianna I have never seen so many maggot like thingies in my life! :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
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