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 Posted December 8th, 2011 03:23 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Aaaah!! I just discovered I have pantry moths a few days ago and was trying to find out where they're coming from. I found a bag of sliced almonds and I think that's where the majority come from. I cleaned out my cupboard and had to use a toothpick to pick out worms in their webs all curled up ready to turn into moths. I had goosebumps almost the entire time I was doing it...needless to say I had no appetite for lunch!! (I absolutely haaaate any creepy crawlies like spiders and worms!)

I don't think I have them bad (definitely not like some pics I saw online) but what can I do to get rid of them? How do I know when they're gone and not still hiding somewhere? Does everything have to be in Tupperwares? Can they get into those? I threw out a bunch of stuff that was in plastic bags and I feel pretty good about my cupboard now, but I'm just afraid that they're still hiding somewhere. Any advice?

Michelle ~ wife to Paul ~ mom to Trevor, Kyle & Hannah

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 Posted December 8th, 2011 03:29 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
What she said!! I've been fighting an ongoing battle with them, and I'm so frustrated! I've tried some spice mixtures that are repellent to them, but they only work for a short while. I want a permanent fix! Sorry to discourage you, Michelle, but I've cleaned out my pantry several times, but they soon move back in.
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 Posted December 8th, 2011 03:44 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Have you tried sprinkling bay leaves throughout your pantry? I was told that that is supposed to keep them away but maybe it only works for a short time I don't know. I had them about a year ago n went through and pitched anything that had any sign of them. I had to do that twice but they haven't come back so far. They are disgusting!
Naomi, wife to Jason, mom to Leanna, Russell, Jessica & Kayla

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 Posted December 8th, 2011 05:23 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I had to get everything sprayed!!
wife to Ed, and momma to Sierra, Destinee, Cody, Cheyenne, & Starla

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 Posted December 8th, 2011 06:06 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
one way to prevent them is to keep a lot of stuff in the fridge. My mom keeps all her pastas, cereals and crackers in her spare fridge, since they don't use it that quickly
I keep all nuts in the fridge and also whole grain items. The rest of our stuff gets used quick enough that that the moths don't have a chance to hatch.

Mama to Zachary, Leandra, Kandace
and 3 more.


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 Posted December 9th, 2011 10:51 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Well, I'm glad I'm not the only one battling these things. I have a cupboard where I keep food stuff and a bigger pantry too. I cleaned both of them out thoroughly and didn't find any sign of them in the bigger pantry, just in the cupboard, so I'm thankful for that. 'Maybe' I can keep them under control...I think I'll try some kind of repellent like bay leaves or eucalyptus oil.
Michelle ~ wife to Paul ~ mom to Trevor, Kyle & Hannah

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 Posted December 9th, 2011 12:16 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
We had those already, and I went through my cupboards and threw away food that had the moths in it. Then we put off those fogger things that you can buy. That usually took care of it for us. Hope you can get rid of them. You have to be sure to have the cupboard doors open when you put off the foggers. I think it tells you that on the instructions. I think the ones that say they keep killing things for 3 months after you put them off are the best.
Susie wife to Ben, mom to Darren 17,

Cheyanne 15, Jared 13, Hannah 11,

Jacob 5 and Brooke 2

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 Posted December 10th, 2011 09:00 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I have learned that I have to keep nuts in the freezer or fridge would work too - mine just gets too full.
I was surprised when I found worms in my spaghetti noodles on day!! Ugh!

Gloria wife to Jason.
Mom to Cody, Jessenia, Jace & Ravi


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 Posted December 11th, 2011 06:18 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Okay, I will completely gross all of you out, but my aunt made a rice a casserole and they ate it one night. The next day they had it heated up and... that is when she discovered the rice had lots of little white worms in it. Of course, dead now...

I found them once in our rice and I about couldn't eat rice for awhile. They look almost identical to white rice except they occasionally move. "shiver"

I did sprinkle bay leaves around after a thorough cleaning after find some kind of flying critter. I can't remember that they were moths though. I didn't have any problems since.


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