Keeping Housej-ro -- Sunday, July 07, 2002 -- 04:05:48 AM
Discuss the challenges of housekeeping here.
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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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
I'd say nuke it from space. It's the only way to be sure.
*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.
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.
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.
Yeah, freezer would work. Easier to throw it out unless you remember buying it.
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.
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.
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.
Remember the spice mix you sent me? I still have it.
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.
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..
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.