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Keeping House

j-ro -- Sunday, July 07, 2002 -- 04:05:48 AM

Discuss the challenges of housekeeping here.

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caitlen -- Saturday, May 21, 2016 -- 12:53:40 PM -- 14172 of 14191
Honey, if any woman thought a gorgeous guy was going to rescue her, romance novels wouldn't be forty percent of the publishing industry.

Bump.

I have a pantry moth infestation in my flat (and it's OUR flat from Monday - eep!) and I Can.Not.Find. the source. I've completely cleaned out the pantry - twice. But they keep turning up. I've got pantry moth traps out (sticky bits of paper with a lure in the middle) that are catching a few, but they STILL turn up! Help? Some assistance in getting rid of them? We have a cat so I don't really want to put an aerosol bomb in the house but I'm getting to the point where I'm going to get some bug spray and spray it in the back of the pantry and around the top just in case!

CalGal -- Saturday, May 21, 2016 -- 03:40:49 PM -- 14173 of 14191
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

Did you just clean out the pantry, or did you clean it--scrub it? And then did you leave the stuff that was in the pantry out, or put it back in? I pretty much tossed everything the time this happened to me (and you know how I hate throwing things away). Some things I put in the fridge for a few weeks, or bagged in air-tight plastic bags.

I'd have sprayed with bug spray the first time, then left everything empty for a while.

jenrenton -- Saturday, May 21, 2016 -- 05:59:41 PM -- 14174 of 14191
I myself have a quarrelsome and disputatious nature.

Yes--you have to throw your dry goods out. (Not sugar, but any grain-containing goods.) They are hatching out of the contaminated grain, which is why they appear every few days. Toss everything, then wipe down again and leave the doors open and the shelves empty for a day or two.

Then start putting your dry goods in glass jars with rubber gaskets. It's a pain.

RamblingRose -- Saturday, May 21, 2016 -- 07:20:15 PM -- 14175 of 14191
"You cannot just accidentally penis someone." Christopher Moore, Sacre Bleu: A Comedy dArt.

Set the flat on fire and move.

Shakti -- Saturday, May 21, 2016 -- 10:56:18 PM -- 14176 of 14191
Sport death. Only life can kill you.

They've just bought it, so I think they can't do that.

Any container with an air-tight seal works.

caitlen -- Sunday, May 22, 2016 -- 01:49:46 AM -- 14177 of 14191
Honey, if any woman thought a gorgeous guy was going to rescue her, romance novels wouldn't be forty percent of the publishing industry.

RR - HAH you made me laugh :) Shakti is right though ;-)

Cal - I did not scrub it, but I threw away most things that were in a box - not tins - and thought I'd found them (a little packet of pistachios). I don't like throwing things out either. I go through things and don't horde a lot (ie, I only have one packet of flour, and thanks to baking a LOT earlier this year, it's new), but I must admit there are two packets of pasta that have been there for a while (but they are in clear packets and didn't seem to be in trouble) and some biscuits.

Do they like tea? I have oodles of tea that was left behind in the flat when I moved in that just sits in a box. Could be time to ditch it.

HMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmm. Throwing away more things I see is on the schedule. Bummer. Thanks folks.

Also, I just saw the highlight. Thank you!

Ismene -- Sunday, May 22, 2016 -- 05:46:34 AM -- 14178 of 14191

Yes, ditch all the tea. And maybe more.

I had moths a couple years ago and did have to go nuclear with everything. It was winter and super cold, so I put everything I didn't toss (not much) outside in -10 F for 12 hours too.

CalGal -- Sunday, May 22, 2016 -- 09:23:16 AM -- 14179 of 14191
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

I'd say nuke it from space. It's the only way to be sure.

caitlen -- Sunday, May 22, 2016 -- 10:02:13 AM -- 14180 of 14191
Honey, if any woman thought a gorgeous guy was going to rescue her, romance novels wouldn't be forty percent of the publishing industry.

*lays in plans to nuke her newly-purchase-very-own-pantry later in the week*

Righto. I just threw something else randomly out, so that's just going to happen to everything next weekend.

Thanks everyone! I'm just going to chuck everything that's not in a tin or a glass or veryvery new.

Ase -- Sunday, May 22, 2016 -- 11:47:17 AM -- 14181 of 14191
"Cold cold empty void", "Grandma's food for worms now". Atheist hymns, by Jamie R.

Just wanted to say that "moths in the pantry" sounded like a long lost apocryphal Genesis Album.

Lizzie T. -- Monday, May 23, 2016 -- 12:44:15 AM -- 14182 of 14191
Oh, for crying out loud.

I've seen pantry moths in pasta. You should probably get rid of the pasta.

Honestly, I'd throw it all out, and I guarantee that I hate throwing out food more than Cal does. On the upside, you can go out and buy yourself a bunch of those airtight OXO containers with the big button on the lid and buy all new staples and have yourself a pantry right out of somebody's OCD Pinterest board.

Andonly -- Monday, May 23, 2016 -- 02:39:27 AM -- 14183 of 14191

We used to keep birds--lots of them--and had grain moths intermittently as a matter of course. You can't keep them out if you bring any kind of grain into the house, but they're very easy to control.

No need to throw out stuff that isn't already visibly infested. Just put all your grain products in the freezer for a few days--rice, barley, seeds, flour, etc.

I emphasize: freezer, not fridge. Any grain moth eggs will die and you'll be in good shape.

Whenever new grains come in, freeze them before storing. No need for pesticides at all.

CalGal -- Monday, May 23, 2016 -- 02:44:04 AM -- 14184 of 14191
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

Yeah, freezer would work. Easier to throw it out unless you remember buying it.

Andonly -- Monday, May 23, 2016 -- 02:53:24 AM -- 14185 of 14191

I see you dislike throwing things out less than I do.

Regardless, the key is just not having webs, worms and moths in your stuff.

Once the bastards have hatched, it's time to hurl our carefully selected provisions into the compost bin.

CalGal -- Monday, May 23, 2016 -- 02:54:17 AM -- 14186 of 14191
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

I see you dislike throwing things out less than I do.

I have things in my cupboard that are 20 years old. I'm happy to toss something I bought 4 weeks ago. Something I bought 5 years ago has history.

Andonly -- Monday, May 23, 2016 -- 03:08:34 AM -- 14187 of 14191

I recently discovered something or other I had stashed away for more than thirty years. Now that I've thrown it out I can't remember what the hell it was. Maybe some marijuana seeds?

No, those got tossed after a couple of decades, along with a bunch of long-dead heirloom vegetable seeds of even greater vintage, when I capriciously cleaned out the fridge one day.

I do have some 30 year old houseplants, at least one of which I actively tried to kill. Didn't work. Damn thing looks great now.

CalGal -- Monday, May 23, 2016 -- 03:10:19 AM -- 14188 of 14191
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

Remember the spice mix you sent me? I still have it.

Andonly -- Monday, May 23, 2016 -- 03:14:18 AM -- 14189 of 14191

I know. There's a tracking device embedded in it that notifies me whether recipients actually use what I send them.

You'd better just hang onto that stuff. I subsequently modified the recipe and have no idea what proportions I originally came up with.

caitlen -- Tuesday, May 24, 2016 -- 10:21:23 AM -- 14190 of 14191
Honey, if any woman thought a gorgeous guy was going to rescue her, romance novels wouldn't be forty percent of the publishing industry.

Just an update: I got home tonight and there are *whispers* no moths! Ironically my Mum, who has stuff in her pantry from a decade ago (and who tonight shared that she decided to keep that bag of almond flour that expired 18 months ago, because she moved it around and couldn't see any moths so it looked fine), told me too last time she couldn't get rid of the moths she threw out everything. Obviously not *quite* everything..

ciao bella -- Tuesday, May 24, 2016 -- 04:34:52 PM -- 14191 of 14191
All creatures great and small, my ass.

If you buy things in bulk from a co-op or other similar grocer, freeze it for several days as soon as you bring it into the house. I solved my moth problem permanently by not purchasing bulk grain items.

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