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Moths [Mar. 25th, 2008|08:50 pm]
For a while now, I've just thought of them as a few moths milling around my house and my kitchen, but David has informed me that we have a moth infestation. Once he said that, I could see that there really were way too many for it to just be a few that got inside.
I know that it's not polite to call them bugs, but let's face it: they are bugging the hell out of me. I can't even sit around on the couch without them checking me out to see what I'm doing, or eating, or writing in my LiveJournal. I feel itchy just thinking about them.
David says he will get some moth balls, but I just picture the torture of some old man in a science coat, spreading their little legs, and castrating them. They are annoying, but I don't want anyone to get hurt. Is there a natural repellent that will just make them feel unwelcome and go bother my neighbor or something?

[User Picture]From: scorpionis
2008-03-26 02:29 am (UTC)
Cedar. People hang net bags (or tied-up knee-highs) full of cedar shavings (available at pet stores) in their closets and lay them in their drawers to keep moths out of their clothes. Smells nice, too. Sure, you can buy really expensive cedar closet accessories, but the shavings are a hell of a lot cheaper. Sounds like you should put them everywhere!

And, you do know that moth balls are just smelly balls of naphthalene, right? They stiiiiiiiink. Don't do it.

Edited at 2008-03-26 02:30 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: najwa_maryam
2008-03-26 03:17 am (UTC)
yeah, I really don't want my house to smell like my Great Aunt Francile's place. :(
I will try the cedar technique. Thank you, Ma'am.
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[User Picture]From: jessaries
2008-03-26 02:57 am (UTC)
check your grains, they can live in that stuff or in the paper folded parts of the bags. Look up high in your pantry and see if you see any up the wall.
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[User Picture]From: najwa_maryam
2008-03-26 03:18 am (UTC)
Yup, we found some evidence in a bag of corn flour. Little fuckers. I will go through the whole thing tomorrow. Thanks for the tip!
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[User Picture]From: jessaries
2008-03-26 03:35 am (UTC)
Also bargain hunt for good airtight containers to store grains/bulk items in. I've found good deals in odd places like Ross, TJmax & Tuesday Morning, normally an entire set of a generic type brand for the price of 1 (one!) at the Container Store. Arm your pantry!
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[User Picture]From: gypsydragon
2008-03-26 12:36 pm (UTC)

death to the moths

You will also need to get some of these: Flour Moth traps

no chemicals, just pheromones to drive them into a no checkout motel. get enough for anywhere you have cloths stored too because they will also eat and breed in closets. Nasty litte *uckers We had them last year.
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From: thesmorphoros
2008-03-26 02:05 pm (UTC)

Ugh, been there!

I agree, your grains could be the culprit. You have to take everything out of the cupboard, toss anything that isn't in an airtight container, and clean the surfaces with hot water and bleach.

Afterwards, get ziplock bags, and glass or plastic containers, and be religious about putting flour, beans, grains etc in them. Also, put things like boxed mixes into ziplock freezer bags. That way, if you DO get some contaminated foodstock, the culprits will be contained and not spread to the rest of your pantry.
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[User Picture]From: jessaries
2008-03-26 02:18 pm (UTC)

Re: Ugh, been there!

Oh goodness yes!!!!!
Also if you are shopping for grains and you notice that say all of one product or a shelf is empty, that is normally because they had an infestation, I'd buy elsewhere!
For awhile it seemed I kept bringing bugs home from Whole Foods, so I'd check every package before putting it in my cart. grrrrrr.....
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[User Picture]From: rebeccarmt
2008-03-26 02:19 pm (UTC)
i have this problem in my grains too. yuck. a few months ago i cleaned out the pantry and started putting everything in giant zip locks. then just last sunday i noticed one in a zip lock with a pretty new bag of wheat flour that was purchased within the last three weeks. what's up with that?
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[User Picture]From: najwa_maryam
2008-03-26 06:39 pm (UTC)
He must've come home with you in the bag!!
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