Mom to Arianna (5), Conner (3) and Trent (my baby)
Are they meal moths? Those are awful, and so hard to get rid of. But it is possible! Clean absolutely every inch of every cupboard, transfer everything to good containers* and kill every one you see, and do it again & again & again for about six weeks. Also put a pheremone trap in your pantry which will attract & kill the males which will interrupt the breeding cycle, and hopefully help you eliminate the infestation. And, just a BTDT note, if your kid brings a moth in from outside, don't ask what it looks like, because the kid will open their hands to look and/or show you and the moth will fly away into your cupboard and make baby moths. The correct answer is, "Let's take it back outside to have a look at it," and then kill it if it is a meal moth. I'm not fond of killing most living things but I get great satisfaction out of stomping meal moths. They are horrible creatures.
* I discovered that many things that we thing of as airtight are NOT and meal moth larvae can get through amazingly tiny spaces. "Ziplock" bags can have a tiny gap at the end of the zipper. Test yours first by leaving them lying around full of water and check for water leaking out after a few hours. I found the cheap store brand works better than the name brand with the fancy zipper. Same thing with glass jars; I had to put waxed paper between the jar & lid. The snap-top plastic containers were good. Anything in a box, make sure it has sealed plastic bag inside, or transfer to a different container.
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I have had those Moths before and I agree they are hard to get rid of, it takes awhile. Sometimes even plastic that looks sealed somehow they eat through a little corner and get in.
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We've had the traps in there for a while, we replace them regularly. It's so frustrating! I guess July 4th weekend will give us time for another pantry-cleaning.
Besides pesticides.. try cedar and flouresant lights.
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