Attack on the Pantry moths  

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6/12/2006 6:47 am

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6/12/2006 1:59 pm

Attack on the Pantry moths

While my good friends were out partying this weekend and having a great time which I had to miss because of a wedding, I ended up having a "not so good" time and fighting evil of my own. Now mind you, before you read this story, I keep a fairly clean house as my best friend Safira will attest too. A little cluttered at times yes, but clean nonetheless.

Have any of you ever had an infestation of pantry moths that you couldn't beat? I certainly hope not....because that is where I find myself this spring/summer....and it lead to a weekend that was absolutely unbelievable.

For several years I have had the little pesky flying tan moths, a mere nuisance...clean out the pantry, cover the birdfood and dog food and they were under control.

About a month ago, I noticed that they were appearing this year in alarming numbers.....I would kill 20-40 each nite when I got home from work. Raid flying insect became my best friend. Then it started to really annoy me, and I wondered how they could be increasing in such large numbers when I had placed pantry pest traps all around the house.

Last Friday I did a little research. I found out first that the traps only attract the male of the species, not the females, and that the females can lay 200-300 eggs at a time. MMMMM....I suspected there must be someplace they were coming from.

Saturday morning I got up and cleaned out the pantry and kitchen cabinets and threw away anything and everything that was old or opened. I didn't see much evidence of the critters though. A lot of the moths seemed to be collecting in my living room/dining area. So I went over to the corner where I keep my teddy bear collection, and low and behold....I found larvea on my bears. Now I have about 50 teddy without grossing anyone out, let me just say, each bear had numerous larvea on it. I moved all the bears out to my deck, as I had a wedding to go to.

I returned from the wedding about 6, and began to work on the teddy bears, cleaning them up. My bears are now under Quarantine in plastic bags for I am not sure how long. I cleaned out the entertainment cabinet on top where I have a village and found a few more larvae and some grown moths. Well, I figured while I was at it, I would clean out the bottom.

This is where the real nightmare began. Each winter I have problems with mice coming into the house. This past winter, it took a little while to get those critters under control as well, finally trapping about 4 mice. What I didn't realize is that the mice apparently were around for a while, and set up some food stashes of their own. Now it had to be the mice, because there is no way these tiny little moths could have moved those size chunks of dog and bird food.

In the bottom of the entertainment cabinet I found piles of "pet" food up against the back wall, inside containers, and even totally full inside a camera bag with the camera in it. I have a dirt devil vacuum, and before I was done with the first cabinet, I emptied the container of food twice. The second cabinet next too it contained only about 1 container of food. 10:00 at nite, thinking I had finally found the problem, I made a last run through the house looking for the adult moths, and found 4 down in my foyer by the coat closet. I opened the closet and found............about 50 live moths on the ceiling of the closet. ARGGGGGGGGGGG

I cleaned out the closet and found more of the "pet" food and a package of sunflower seeds on the shelf......another food source. One look at the coats......and all the coats had to be washed......4 loads worth.

I know that I cleaned up at least 10 lbs of "pet food" out of these three areas, and won't even try to guess how many larvae I found, let alone adult moths.

Yesterday with more cleaning, I still had about 20 live moths appear throughout the day, but this morning thankfully only one.

I still have several more areas I need to check to make sure there isn't any stockpiled "pet food"......but I hope the nightmare that I uncovered this weekend is over.

Moral of the story: If you see some of those pesky little moths flying around....don't ignore them......make sure there are not places they could be breeding, reproducing and finding food supply. Don't be taken over by the attack of the Pantry Moths.

_Safira 55F
11260 posts
6/12/2006 9:07 am

Oh great! Now THAT song will be running through my head as I begin house-sitting this week. Hmmm ... I might need someone to come stay with me for protection. Who's a girl to call???

Seriously, Sweets, if there's anything I can do to help while you are on your vacation, all you need to do is let me know.

*massive hugs*

Safira {=}

This is my blog - Comes With Warning Labels. There are many like it, but this one is mine.


GMURN replies on 6/12/2006 9:20 am:
lol....what song....don't tell me there really is a song called "attack of the pantry moths"....that would just be too funny at this point.

I will leave you armed with a new can of I am trying not to use it much because of Buddi

horny4770 61M
8158 posts
6/12/2006 1:36 pm

I had ants once....little tiny red ones. I had to Raid them too.

I hope you got all your pesky little flying friends and their larvae!


GMURN replies on 6/12/2006 2:00 pm:
These pesky little things reproduce at an alarming rate. Something tells me I haven't seen the end of it yet.

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