Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Dealing With Pantry Moths
A few weeks ago I had a bit of a terrifying incident. I had just arrived home from visiting my family in Canada with Chloe and decided to take a nap on the couch while she slept in her swing in the living room. As I was dozing off I looked at the ceiling and realized there were dozens of worm like maggots crawling all over the ceiling! I started walking around the house looking at the ceiling and there must have been hundreds of these larvae all over the living room, dining room, kitchen and hallway. It was sooo disgusting. I freaked out and grabbed the vacuum and spent the next hour sucking up the nasty maggots. I thought I got them all and settled back down on the couch to relax. Not even 10 minutes later I look up at the ceiling again and there were already a dozen more wiggling around. What the crap were these disgusting things and how could I get rid of them?
A quick Google search solved the mystery. Pantry moths. Yuck. A pantry moth infestation usually starts when you bring home a food item like flour or grains that have moth eggs in them. When the weather warms up all the eggs hatch and you are left with a nasty moth infestation. The end of August through September is always very hot in the Pacific Northwest so I shouldn't be too surprised but the sudden moth invasion.
The key to getting rid of the moths for good is finding the nest. It will look like small web like fibers. Our nest was in the dog treat bag. It was really gross and I'm surprised we didn't notice it sooner. The bag was full of the web nests. It's a good idea to toss any open bags of organic material like nuts, flour etc. in case there are more eggs inside. Store these items in airtight containers like mason jars or Tupperware. When you bring home bulk foods from the grocery store put them in the freezer for two days to kill any eggs. Of course you probably won't take any of these precautions until you actually have actually been infested with moths. I know I sure didn't! I hope you never have to come home from a few days out of town to a ceiling covered in maggots!