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Not for the squeamish...

Post by Jenbt85 » Thu Dec 17, 2015 9:37 am

I've just chucked out about $200 worth of food from our pantry as we have a moth infestation. I've kept cans, but that's about it. I have thick unopened plastic packets in the freezer just in case. Seemed silly to throw those out when the replacements can be contaminated anyway.

Note: the caterpillars are exactly the same colour as rice grains. Check that your grains aren't moving before you cook them. :smt078 :smt078 :smt078

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Re: Not for the squeamish...

Post by Esther » Thu Dec 17, 2015 10:25 am

Yes, have had the same. Washing the rice well before cooking it, wherever it comes from, is my newly acquired cooking habit ;)
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Post by Jenbt85 » Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:20 pm

Might be a while before I can eat rice again, but washing thoroughly is definitely something I'll be doing from now on. Yuckkkk.
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Post by Mummy woo! » Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:48 pm

We had a terrible problem with moths in the pantry. I'm really careful now about sealing packets, but another thing a friend put me on to is to put sticky tape over the little holes in the sides of our pantry - you know the ones that let you move the shelf supports up and down. Since I did that I have had very few problems, even though I always had traps out in the past.

Good luck clearing it all out - blerch!
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Post by Jenbt85 » Thu Dec 17, 2015 6:53 pm

Thanks for the tip! I'll do that when I clean out the shelves tomorrow. I'm amazed at what they have managed to get into - a sealed plastic container! I have to say that it's mainly been rice products affected.

Is it wrong that the clear out has been a bit liberating? :) It's been a good time of year for it to happen. I can be a bit more mindful about what I buy now.

Could be worse, someone I know had redbacks in their pantry (living in those shelf holes). Shudder.
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Post by Yankee » Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:43 pm

Ah yes I've had those darling visitors before. Nasty things they are.
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Post by chiggins » Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:51 pm

Ewww... :smt078
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Re: Not for the squeamish...

Post by AB1JCW » Fri Dec 18, 2015 5:04 am

I put the things they like in the freezer for 24 hours as soon as I get home from the shops before it gets put into a sealed plastic container in the pantry - rice, dry pasta, flour, chili powder seem to be their favourites out of the things I buy. 24 hours in the freezer kills the eggs so they don't hatch into worms. We've not had an infestation since I started doing this.

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Re: Not for the squeamish...

Post by MamaMagoO? » Fri Dec 18, 2015 8:13 am

Yuck! I can relate to the feeling of liberation. It would be similar to the feeling I had when I discovered mice nesting in my under-sink cupboard and had to through a heap of stuff out. Although that was mostly rubbish that should have been thrown out years ago. The only food was a bag of potatoes and some sweet potatoes.
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Post by mummymanda » Sat Dec 19, 2015 5:25 pm

Hmmm yes those darling creatures. Cue DD3s blessingway and a bunch of visitors over for afternoon tea and my mum quietly pointing out the moths nesting around kitchen cornice. Um well was fun getting rid of them at 36 weeks preg.

Just had another break out in new kitchen unsure where yet. Scared to look. My trap has caught several moths
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Re: Not for the squeamish...

Post by Jenbt85 » Sun Dec 20, 2015 3:45 am

It's been an interesting few days seeing if friend's want to take the red pill or the blue pill when it comes to this issue! Think a group of us are raw paleo eaters now :lol:

Thank you for all your tips, I vacuumed out the cupboard and washed it thoroughly then taped up the little holes. All replacement dry food is in the freezer at the moment. Found eggs on the outside of a can, so all cans got washed before going back in. Hopefully that solves the problem now.

I can't imagine doing that pregnant, that would be a nightmare mummymanda.
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