Nobody wants moths in their food pantry! Sadly we do get them!
Good news, you don't need to resort to harmful chemicals to get rid of them. There is a simple method using the moth's own pheramones to catch them in a cotton trap. Pheramones are chemicals produced by mammals and insects to attract on a powerful biological level. The moths cannot resist and you end up with a moth free pantry!!
The Flour and Pantry Moth Trap works like a charm and doesn't cost you and arm or a leg. One per pantry is all you need. Only the worst infestations require the full approach below.
Tips for a TOUGH moth problem
- Remove all infested food items and throw them away OUTSIDE in a sealed trash can or bag. Don’t leave near your doorway!
- Vacuum out cupboards, empty vacuum bag outside and discard into a sealed trash can or bag
- Clean your cupboards and shelves thoroughly with warm, soapy water and dry well
- Then spray with a strong vinegar solution (can add essential oils—see recipe below). NOTE: When doing this, be sure to get the liquid into the cracks and crevices as these are the areas moths tend to lay their eggs. This is a very important step in stopping future eggs from hatching.
- Place ONE Flour and Pantry Moth Trap in your pantry and change every 60 days, or sooner if it gets full. Using more than one moth trap per area is not recommended, as it decreases the effectiveness of the pheromone traps by "confusing" the moths.
Essential oil and vinegar spray for pantry:
- 4 oz vinegar
- ½ tsp Eucalyptus and Lemon Essential Oils
- ¼ tsp Peppermint or Lavender Essential Oil
For prevention of re-infestation, add these steps:
- Freeze all dried goods you bring home from the grocery store for four days. This will kill any moth eggs that were present in the food item.
- Store all dried goods in glass jars with tight lids, or plastic air-tight containers. This will help isolate any problems.
- Keep 1-3 bay leaves in each container of dried goods as a deterrent. You might use three leaves: place one at the top, one in the middle and one at the bottom of each container.
Mix vinegar and oils into a spray bottle and use generously in cracks and crevices after washing down with soap and water. Note: this plus the moth trap will work for a serious manifestation. The moth trap works well on it's own, for typical infestations.