22 Sep 2010

How to get rid of pantry and flour moths

Posted by UrbanGreenGirl

Cupboard and pantries are homes to moths

Cupboard and pantries are homes to pantry moths, flour weevils and maggots

If you’re like me, it’s seems that every time you dare to cook a meal from scratch, you end up having to throw one of the ingredients (i.e. brown rice or flour) out and run back to the corner store to buy a new bag because those damn, pesky pantry moths were living in them. We’ve all seem them in our cupboards.

How to get rid of pantry moths

Stupid pantry moth (aka flour moth) taunting me from my ceiling

Pantry moths almost inevitably seem to be in our grains, flour, nuts and seeds, but also go after foods with high sugar content like dried fruits, candies, cereals, cocoa powder and icing sugar. If you have pets, watch out for their food as well.

Eight (8) quick steps to get rid of pantry moths, also known as flour moths, and flour weevils:

  1. Remove everything from your pantry or cupboard and thoroughly clean the shelves with soapy water.
  2. Dry thoroughly before you put anything back.
  3. Inspect all your food. If you see webs in the corner of bags, bits of grains stuck together, grains hanging from the top of the bag or worse, the actual pantry moths themselves, throw the food out!
  4. Remove all food from plastic packaging and place in airtight sealed glass, ceramic or hard plastic jars. Pantry moths can actually poke holes through plastic bags.
  5. If you must use Ziploc bags, double bag them.
  6. Do not roll up plastic bags with an elastic (like I used to do with my rice). The moths will make their way into them.
  7. Place dried bay leaves in the corners of your shelves and in your flour, rice and grain containers. They deter pantry moths and flour weevils.
  8. Place all your containers back on the clean shelves.

Prevention is key so clean your cupboards and pantries every few months to deter them from coming back.

Remove dry food from plastic bags and place in jars

Moths can poke holes in plastic bags so place in airtight containers instead

Maggots:

If you run into maggots, like I did below with my roasted almonds, the same due care and attention above will help get rid of them. If you want to kill them naturally, place them in boiling water and wash your garbage bin out to prevent them from coming back. They like the smell of anything rotting. Watch out for dried fruits like dried figs. I once bit into figs only to have maggots crawl out of my mouth. True story!

If you do discover maggots, check your ceilings as well. They tend to make their way up to the top and hide out in ceiling corners. Get them down with a broom and throw outside or place in boiling water if you want to be sure to kill them. If you see their parents hanging around, aka house flies, kill them with a fly swatter.

Watch out for maggots in your nuts

Watch out for maggots in your nuts and dried fruit bags

Happy moth cleaning!

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65 Responses to “How to get rid of pantry and flour moths”

  1. Oh nastiness! Had this happen once. I made slow cooked oatmeal and all these worms came floating to the top. I keep all my grains in the freezer now for storage. At least if I’m eating something’s eggs they are incubated:(
    yuck

     

    Deana

  2. Eww! Still doesn’t top maggots coming out of my mouth though. Tell me , do you freeze all your grains? Does it wreck them at all?

     

    UrbanGreenGirl

  3. I put all my grains, flour and dried legumes in the freezer. It shouldn’t ruin any dry good. It’s also a method to stop infestations. They say one week in the freezer would do the trick right after purchase.

     

    Deana

  4. I don’t bake much anymore and hadn’t checked my flour cannister in a long time, arghhhh, now I know where the fruit flies are coming from, OR they may have been flies of a different kind coming from the flour. OR maybe two sources, but the population is finally down to a few. Even then…. they propagate faster than you can drown these insects.

     

    Carolyn

  5. I just spent 2 1/2 hrs cleaning pantry mothsoff my ceiling and in my pantry. Are the big containers at the dollar store good to store food into? Have no money and still néed go replace my food that I threw out. Can anyone help????

     

    Monica

  6. I’ve been doing my darnedest to get rid of these pesky things but they keep coming back. I have a built in pantry…I’m pretty sure the buggers got into the cracks in the walls.
    Just a couple notes I’ve learned along the way:
    1. those aren’t maggots but the larvae stage of the moths
    2. they totally love cocooning in the pages of books
    3. like other moths they eat natural fibres (like my yarn in my open concept kitchen/living rm/dining rm!!!)
    4. they will also spin their cocoons inside of acrylic yarns, etc.

    I once reached my hand inside a center pull ball of yarn to feel SQUISH! ick!
    Also had the larvae experience in some loose leaf black currant tea…. drank them only to realize AFTERWARDS when I looked into the bottom of the cup…ick!

     

    Diane

  7. Eww – poor you feeling the squish! Thanks for the info about the larvae vs maggots. I wasn’t sure. I once bit into a dried fig and maggots crawled out. Yuck!

     

    UrbanGreenGirl

  8. I found some little brown moths in my pantry. I took every thing out a shelf at a time and washed the shelf with worm sopy water. I also wyped everything down before iI put them basck on the shelf. I got rid of all boxed and plstic products. I even got rid of the dog food. All of the dry goods are in Rubber Made. I am sending for someoth traps. Is there anything else that I can do? Thank you for your time and help. Sincerely, Jimmy L. Stafford

     

    Jimmy Stafford

  9. Hi Jimmy – Sounds like you’ve got the bases covered. The only other thing I could suggest is placing bay leaves on the shelves. That helps repel the moths, it has with me anyways. Also, make sure you place all grains and legumes in sealed, preferably glass, containers as the moths can poke holes in the plastic bags and even get through some plastic tupperware. Good luck!

     

    UrbanGreenGirl

  10. You all have answered SO many questions that I had!
    Me and my husband kept waking up to these damn moths, and at first we thought they were coming in, when we opened the door to leave the house at night.
    But, when I went online and decided to do some research, after they kept popping up at random hours of the day, I realized that it was “Flour moths”.
    My question is… once you clean out your pantry, and place your flour in the freezer… can you still keep it afterwards, or should I just throw it out??

     

    Alicia

  11. Hi Alicia – Glad I could answer your questions :)
    As for the flour question, I am not en expert (yet) on freezing foods, but I would think if the flour was untainted (no moths inside) then you should be able to freeze it based on the fact it’s clean but I don’t know if flour is freezable. You’ll have to search on that one.

     

    UrbanGreenGirl

  12. This thread has been most helpful, thanks all. I just discovered we had pantry moths — they ate through thin plastic ziplock containers, and made a whole nest in our grains! Our oatmeal bag was contaminated (unopened), as was the long grain red rice (unopened plastic bag!) and our cornbread flour (half-opened).

    Just spent the last four hours cleaning out the kitchen and every nook and cranny I could find. Even mopped down every box with Clorox wipes. Might have to go through the whole kitchen again.

    Horror of horrors, discovered that the moths were cocooning inside the cardboard boxes too! I had a box of onion soup mix packets which was unopened, and on a whim, I thought I’d save some space and break down the box — and to my dismay, discovered a moth inside the unopened box!

    Thankfully the packets were OK, but now I’m wondering if I have to open every single cardboard box I have inside my pantry…?!

     

    Belle

  13. So glad to have been a help. You will though, unfortunately, have to go through every cardboard box in your pantry. They tend to cocoon on the inside of every flap. Booo :(

     

    UrbanGreenGirl

  14. I have these 1/4″ beige moths flying around my home and I don ‘t know where they’re coming from. If I leave a half cup of coffee, with suger in it on the counter over night, in the morning the top of the coffee is covered with these drown moths! They’re attracted to light and while I’m watching my TV I have to clap my hands together on ‘em to kill them and then wash my hands, over and over again. I’ve got flour, oatmeal and cereal in my pantry but no moths in there. All of the food is bagged/boxed up in cardboard containers but nothing I do will lead me to ground zero where I’m afraid there might be a nest of them or something. I don’t want to catch them with traps – I want to find out where they are, what’s attracting them and get rid of whatever it is. Do you have any advice for me to gain some moth control in my home? Please help!!

     

    Billy

  15. HELP PLEASE!!!
    My mum and I have recently discovered moth and maggot like insects in our pantry through out our flour cereals and rice/ pasta. So we went through everything having to throw alot out and cleaned it and went and brought some air tight tupperware containers only to fine that we went to use the flour there was a maggot in it? Brand new bag flour straight into a container, does anyone know how this could happen?

     

    Emma

  16. We have even put moth balls in the pantry to try and prevent them from returning :(

     

    Emma

  17. Hi Billy, How I understand you’re frustration. Unfortunately, those moths can eat through cardboard boxes, even sealed plastic bags (rice bags). You will have to transfer all your grains into glass containers (Tip: reuse old pasta sauce jars). You will not find a nest of them. The only thing you can do is remove everything, clean the cupboard and put all food back in sealed glass jars. Then, they will not return.

     

    UrbanGreenGirl

  18. Hi Emma, your question is similar to Billy’s above. Moths and maggots can easily burrow through those paper bags that flour come in. The only solution is to place all grains and flour in glass jars. Good luck xx.

     

    UrbanGreenGirl

  19. I am going through this now. I don’t know were they came from, but I am doing my best to get rid of them. Did not know they were pantry moths, and they came in the cereal and dried goods.
    Thank you for all the tips. Now the exterminator must get to work and eliminate them.
    Heather

     

    heather

  20. Thanks to everyone for the info and to know I’m not alone with this problem! I’ve been going nuts over these moths and had no idea where they came from or what to do about them. They looked like the moths flying around my porch light in the summer so I figured they slipped in the door and multiplied. During the winter they disappeared, but once the weather warmed up (very early this year) they’re back. I had no idea they lived on food! Now I know I’ll be cleaning for awhile today (so much fun!), but it’ll be worth it if they are gone for good, even if it’s a kick to watch my cat hunt them! Thanks again!

     

    Terry

  21. Glad I could help!

     

    UrbanGreenGirl

  22. I’ve had these flour moths for three summers.I did find maggots in my rice and the webbing inside some of the container lids. A few years ago I switched all my grains to the lock and lock plastic containers. But it looks like I need to switch to glass! This whole process with these pests is so disheartening. It doesn’t seem to matter how thorough you clean. They seem to find a way to come back. But I do plan to try the suggestions for getting rid of them!

     

    Mary Ann

  23. Magnificent! I am so glad I found this site! I had no idea what these moths and larvae were and have been fighting them for MONTHS!

    I have recently had these moths and they continue to come back again and again! They are inside SEALED glass containers of rice! I think those must be directly from the store since I buy, come home, and immediately place my grains in glass jars! BUT, my housemate leaves her grains & flour in the plastic or paper bag they came from!

    I am planning on putting bay leaves out and telling my housemate that she needs to do the same!

    Thank you for posting this!

     

    MellisaS

  24. I am seriously going to loose it…..can’t get rid of these stinkers. I have cleaned pantry and thrown away a lot! I am starting to think that if you shop at the large warehouse stores, it may be a source….just thinking. I am off to get my glass containers and whatever else it takes. Found some solace in knowing that others are in my boat too. I also think it is because I live in a house where NO ONE closes any packages! Kids in and out of pantry all day long! Until then I will keep fighting. Going to try the coffee with sugar over night. :) thanks!

     

    Deb

  25. Good luck Deb. I know how annoying it us. I used to find daily maggots on my ceiling from it. The bay leaves work though, as do the glass containers.

     

    UrbanGreenGirl

  26. You’re most welcome Mellisa. Hoping this works for you :)

     

    UrbanGreenGirl

  27. My husband and I have been battling these pesky little black moths and little beige worms for 3 weeks now…sucking them up with the vacuum cleaner. Each day they return (actually, within hours.) So, today we took everything out of the pantry and took a spray bottle filled with vinegar and went to town cleaning product, walls, shelves and floors. (Its amazing what vinegar can do!) I’ve been reusing my large peanutbutter jars to keep things in such as: sugar, oatmeal, flour, tea bags, pastas, etc. I had this odd feeling to open a lid and upon doing so, I found larvae cacooned between the ridges. Horrible! We continued cleaning the pantry, throwing out items until we felt we had done all we can. After supper we went for a short drive, came home, checked the pantry and guess what!!!! MORE MOTHS. I’m at my wits end. … but I’ve enjoyed reading each comment and suggestion. Thanks for posting this thread. I think I’ll call an exterminator tomorrow.

     

    Nona1961

  28. Mine came in bulk rice from a health food store. A little extra protein, no charge?

     

    jdscountryroads

  29. Hey not much is free these days so take it :)

     

    UrbanGreenGirl

  30. You’re welcome and good luck.

     

    UrbanGreenGirl

  31. I’ve had to deal with a large infestation – even had them in the oil and ketchup. After cleaning out everything (and I mean everything – like others have said they get into sealed bags and in the ridges of screw tops), I had to make sure they didn’t come back.

    One trick was to freeze any flour, rice, nuts, cereal, oatmeal, pasta, etc. that came into the house. I would freeze for a week but then I was extra cautious (I have heard that 24hrs is enough to kill any bugs). It did not harm the dry products at all. After you can transfer them to clear hermetically sealed containers. I still kept my flour, rice and oatmeal in the fridge after freezing (stops any growth or cross-contamination) but then I had had a really bad infestation and wanted to make sure it never happens again.

     

    MJ

  32. Thank you for the information. I am in Spain. I have exactly the same flies and the maggots crawling on the ceiling (my husband takes care of them, I haven’t looked up in the storage room for a while) But we never found anything in the food… till now. Yesterday we found all 8 packages of sunflower seeds bread flour had cobwebs inside. A question: Is the flour still usable if I sift it? At least the cobwebs would be gone… We live far from shops and so we have a large quantity of spare packages, but now until we get rid of this pest (if we can) I’ll buy less.
    Thanks!

     

    Griselda

  33. I have cleaned, swept, bombed, sprayed, thrown out food and they return…any other ideas??? Cannot find the source!!! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

     

    Lancaster

  34. Hi Lancaster – I know how frustrating it can be. I would clean out the cupboard, then put all your food into air-tight glass lock or glass jars. Those bugs can still get into a lot of those Ikea glass jars as the lid isn’t completely air tight. Also, remove the food from the plastic bags as they can bury into them. Place bay leaves around. Maybe spray citronella on the leaves. The smell but deter them from coming. Hope that helps!

     

    UrbanGreenGirl

  35. We bring goods home and immediately put into airtight containers and still get them occasionally! Conclusion? They’re in the original stuff from the producer and my guess is that organic stuff might even be more troublesome. We had them in oatmeal and contacted the company and they admitted this sometimes happens and they sent us coupons to replace our loss!

    We just found them in white rice this morning!

     

    boomer42

  36. Yes, unfortunately, insects do naturally get into packages sometimes. It’s a sign that there are nutrients in the food and they want to eat it. Good for you for contacting the company, but continue to use the airtight containers.

     

    UrbanGreenGirl

  37. I have found that the moths do lay larva in the glass jars…. even if they are sealed up tight and even after freezing… :(
    They didn’t touch the jars with bay leaves in them though…

     

    bindieyed

  38. THey won’t be back till next spring. Found some moth’s floating as spagetti was boiling the the pot. So What’s a little extra protein?

     

    Jack

  39. OMG there’s almost nothing worse excpet I had this happen while serving food to a guest… a worm popped up in the bowl!!!! Horrifying. Seriously. Someone told me to get an exterminator but I wanted to use something natural- have read that Aunt Norma’s Pantry moth spray really helps! I ordered some (wish could buy this in stores but you have to order online I guess is small company) but was worth it haven’t had pantry moths again… Hallelujah! Someone said also try diatamacxious earth or something?? don’t remember what it’s called for sure….

     

    ally

  40. I have to tell you it is great to read all of these I have thise pesky months and I thought I threw out everything from cereal to what ever causes them to be there and tonight I notice there was more in the cupboard I don’t have alot of cardboard mostly canned but I started taking all the granola bars outta the box and in no name brand look to be linke a cacoon in the bottom so they are very snicky on where they hide

     

    Tina

  41. We had a major infestation, but have been moth free for months. We used traps to catch the male moths, and then thoroughly cleaned our pantry. We threw out a lot of contaminated food, then vacuumed the shelves and wiped everything down with a vinegar and water mixture. It’s critical, though, that you get all of the contaminated food, vacuumed material and anything else that could possibly contain their eggs out of the house right away. Our infestation started in a bag of birdseed from Costco, by the way.

     

    Jim

  42. I have had a few cases of these, Usually it’s in the boxed cereals or some premix items. Most items do get placed in tightly sealed containers, if they are in there they are stuck in there, wont spread. One place I had to hang flytraps in a few places to catch the moths. They disappear when food source is unreachable. Never have seen them in fresh flour yet, only processed ingredients.

     

    Kyle

  43. I guess if the larvae are already in the bag of food when you buy it, then for sure they could be transmitted into the jar. Gross is right!

     

    UrbanGreenGirl

  44. During the summer came back from vacation to find entire house infested with these pantry moths. Seems to come out from a small bag of red rice from Loblaws. It looked like a scene out of a horror movie, as they came swarming out from little holes they made. So many that the once full bag was only 1/4 full and full of fluffy larvae cocoons. Yuck!!! Needless to say, we searched everywhere to clean every nook and cranny. Just 3 days ago, they started appearing again. At first one fly, and today we spotted three flying out of the kitchen. Guess everything needs to be recleaned again. This is a pain in the butt, just bought 3 large bags of rice, and many bags of pasta. Plus alot of cardboard containers. Thanks for this site. I was mildly freaking out thinking they were some kind of wood eating moths that were inside the walls. At least they only eat processed flours, rice, and such.

     

    Sunny

  45. I found these pests in the garbage can i use for keeping sunflower seeds for birds. The lid was covered with cobwebs and the seeds inside were covered with cobwebby substances. Good for the birds because i just fill the feeder up with them inside the seeds. Extra treat for the birds. I do see the moths fly around the house from time to time and i nail them with a bug zap racket. they have destroyed my walnuts and almonds. the bags were coated with cobwebs. I will try the bay leaves and see how it works.

     

    Braden

  46. As a postscript. They do get under screw caps, as I have a health supplement I use which contained these creatures burrowed under the lid. Disgusting.

     

    Braden

  47. Thank you for all you pointers. We only have one cupboard affected by these feral little creatures. But it’s been a nightmare! I have washed out sprayed out thrown out everything that was bad. Havent tried the bay leaves but will be doing so today. It got worse today when I ate some fruit and nut mix and noticed the Laval in the mix I also noticed it in a bag my mum had taken of the same mix to work. I have tossed the lot and hope my mum doesn’t ask why! She will be sick if she finds out. One thing ive noticed though is even hard plastic screw top containers dont seem to keep them out. Is it advisable that the glass containers have a rubber like seal at the opening or not???
    Thanks for your help
    Lisa

     

    Lisa

  48. Yes, the rubber seal will help a lot!

     

    UrbanGreenGirl

  49. What can I do to save my cookbooks that I had in my pantry? I have cleaned everything – threw out anything that wasn’t in a jar or can after cleaning them too. This has made me sick.

     

    Tammy

  50. wonderful comments!
    We too are working on ridding our home of these pesky numbers.
    I thought I had tried everything but discovered a few new tricks: the bay leaves, citrus pomanders (orange with cloves inserted) and cedar wood strips (much less costly if you purchase it as pet bedding).
    Unforntunatly tupperware doesn’t seem to keep them out -although they may be in the product to begin with. Glass mason/ canning jars are plastic free and since I haven’t canned in years -the jars are just waiting to be used.
    I also read an article where someone opened a brand new jar of ovaltine to discover the larva nesting under the seal. Very disheartening.
    If you live far enough north you could leave your dry goods in the trunk of your car for a week or 2 during the winter months -acting as your freezer.
    During winter months the moths cycle slows down a great deal -at least in my area but I notice as the weather warms up they increase, just as I was beginning to think I had a handle on the situation.
    Why does this make me itch?

     

    Dorothy Ann

  51. OMG!!! So its a flour moths, im getting crazy now thinking where this thing coming from, gosh i thought its coming from wood or walls. This moths is a nightmare, i have to hire a cleaning lady to clean my kitchen especially the pantry i kept seeing moths flying around my kitchen so when we clean it we saw lots and lots of maggots and moths and cobwebs in our dried foods especially in rice and flour, we threw everything away i mean everything!!! So then i went grocery shopping and after a few days their back!!! Im so hopeless till i found this site and read all your testimonys and found out im not alone. So tomorrow i will clean everyhting again, ill try the vinegar and soap and put bay leaves. Only one question do i put bal leaves inside the jars (with foods) or just leave it out? Thanks a lot!

     

    Mhigs

  52. Hovex Pantry Moth Traps – one trap per room. Bought at Woolworths Supermarket. You will be amazed how many pantry moths you catch on this when placed in your pantry!!!

     

    Sandra

  53. Well, these darlings have migrated to our upstairs bathroom. I’ve vacuumed every nook and cranny and vent I can find – all the corners and along the ceiling and now they are worse than 2 days ago when I did this. It’s like I disturbed their space so they are going to take revenge on me.

    We figure the dampness is making them happy.

    After reading this I am going to mix up a spray of vinegar and essential oils and spray the bathroom like crazy. I have 2 traps in there and not a single moth in either. Meanwhile traps in my kitchen always need replacing.

    Kitchen has been cleaned, food tossed, frozen dry goods, etc. and they will appear now and then but in the bathroom it’s the worst.

     

    Shelby

  54. Rather than open apparently uninfested cardboard boxes, I pop them in the microwave for 60-90 seconds, enough time to cook them. If they contain webs or larvae when opened for use the package can be pitched.

    Any one know how successful vinigar is in killing these critters. I obviously don’t want to use an insecticide where our foodstuff is stored.

     

    Bill

  55. I am about to go crazy fighting these moths. I thought I was going to get away with plastic containers, NOT! Last night I went to make cookies and got into my plastic container that I keep my recipes in and found it infested with the moths and larvae. They can get in plastic containers. I’m switching to glass. I just hope this doesn’t last all summer. Good luck and God bless everyone!

     

    Beth

  56. the eggs that hatch out as larvae do come in any food stuff. I now freeze all for 3 weeks as I read about this time frame.
    I have used the moth traps for many years, cutting down the population, and done serious cleaning of every cupbord and drawer, spraying the cracks with home defense, and i still have moths. I will add bay leaves everywhere. Heard about the ultasonic repellers, but I do not want to chase them around. If they kill it would be great. I have them in several closets, as well as bathroom and kitchen. I have 9 traps set in my house (quad-level)

     

    clara mitmesser

  57. We thought we were ahead of them. Washed every cupboard, counter wall and through out all food not in a can. Today, we look up to the ceiling and larvae were on the ceiling. Vinegar is what we googled for. Today, back to scrubbing the ceiling with fantastic with bleach and they just started dropping.

     

    shirely

  58. I’ve just dried some figs. I alternated between outdoors during the day in metal screened containers and in the oven at around 100 to 130 degrees during the night (with a quick blast to 170 degrees for 15 minutes).

    Now what? Do I still need to put them in boiling water, dry, and then put in double plastic bags?

     

    Fig Dryer

  59. I googled flying moths and chose this particular urban girl site. It was extremely helpful. Starting with the initial 8 steps to rid your home of them to all the comments in the thread. Thanks to everyone. Thank God for leading me to hear all others who have the same probs. I particularly liked the definition of the larvae as being the start of the moth. I can identify better with that than the term maggot. Think butterfly thoughts. Irregardless the bay leaves, glass jars with tight-fitting lids and freezing newly purchased items are such good tips. I disagree with the microwave idea. I did that once with brown sugar. It cooked whatever and then spoiled with a very bad odor. Thanks again for this site urbangirl.com.

     

    Becky

  60. I have been infested with moths and have cleaned out the pantry item by item. I found larva not only in the nuts and food but in flip top lids, on the rubber seal of my blender,in the crevices of my chafing dish,under the lids of cardboard boxes,cardboard is their favorite,on the underside of coke bottles,in the ridges of water bottles, in the crevices of individually packaged vitamins,inside the roll of foil layers, inside the cardboard tubing of foil, paper towels,and cling wrap, inside the food saver plastic roll in layers,under the lids of jars, in a closed plastic jar of chocolate and nuts. Nothing was untouched including all my appliances. I tossed all flour, nuts etc. Washed every can (I found them in the ridges of cans) and container and left Pantry PestTraps out just in case. I fogged the pantry as well. The only question is will the fogger kill the larva? There are so many nooks they could get into and start another cycle.
    This has taken up so much of my time!!!!!!
    Thanks for the freezer idea and Bay leaf. I will be using those suggestions to hopefully prevent another infestation.

     

    Merry-Lee

  61. Not sure how redundant this message will be, but I have had a pantry moth infestation recently, which I have 100% taken care of! I HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE those little buggers. The solution to having this issue, is: 1.) Throw away all the stuff that has the eggs, larvae, bugs, etc. in it (look for grains, fruit, granola, certain kinds of nuts, cereal, spices, anything with carbs in it that you store in the pantry/cupboards. 2.) Take all the rest of the food OUT. 3.) Clean/scub all surfaces THOROUGHLY with vinegar, bleach also seems to work well. 4.) Look for additional bugs for the next few weeks, and kill any remaining bugs/larvae/eggs at once/right when you see them. You’ll know when they’re dead, when there is no more sign of them anywhere. Make sure to keep anything in the pantry/cupboard that is a starchy food/carb in tupperware containers, etc. from now on. Flimsy plastic bags are NOT going to help you here. Hope this helps.

     

    Ben Gessel

  62. I would always secure them tightly so new moths don’t get in.

     

    UrbanGreenGirl

  63. Please help I don’t know if I should go to the hospital or not. We got some food from a friend, then came to find out while I was putting thing in my pantry I found out that there was weevils in the items. I once I noticed I went threw items again very close. Haven’t seem them since.

    Now it has been a couple of months later and I noticed we have an abundant of flies on our house and months in the pantry. I just noticed there were maggots in some beans I was going to cook. So I went back through my pantry and found more in my rice. I threw all items away and noticed that there were some on my shelves. So I expected everything as I took everything out so I could clean and ended up throwing two trash bags full of food out due to infestation.
    But before I saw maggots in my party I was eating sOme wheat thins and some fell out of the box while I was watching tv. I ate them since they fell on my blanket and not the flore. When I got up to go get me something to drink I turned on the light and saw maggots crawling on my blanket where the wheat thins fell. I pulled the bag out of bow and there were more in bottOm of box. I threw away I was so disgusted not knowing if I might have eaten on. O went in the bathroom to try and throw up. Unfortunately I could only get a little to come up. Will I be ok or do I need to go to hospital. I don’t want maggots in my stomach.

     

    Amber

  64. Hi All,

    Read every message and feel bad for all of you. I came across a single maggot that definitely came from a bag of chapatti flour that I bought yesterday.
    Anyway, I made some chappatis and after finishing the last one, I returned to the worktop to wipe it down to discover to my horror, an ugly white maggot gliding across quite quickly!! After screaming my head off, I checked the bag and saw a little round hole and a clump of white fluffy stuff.
    I threw all the flour out- a 10 kilo bag! Bleached everything, thoroughly washed everything that came into contact with the flour.
    I feel sick but after reading all the comments above, I haven’t encountered it on such a scale as you guys have and God willing, I wont. I’m worried that any flour particles might carry unhatched eggs- shudder. I had a terrible ant infestation this summer and it was horrendous.
    Gonna get the bay leaves.
    Is this more common in the states as I’m from the UK and never knew of such a thing before.

     

    Freaked out!

  65. One thing I just realized after dealing with moths that were seemingly coming from no where is that the webs/larvae were actually in the screw holes inside my cupboard. We had thrown away every ounce of food that could have possibly have any trace of the pests and each day we were still finding them! We had wiped down every shelf and can but they were still coming. I finally crawled as far in the cupboard as I could and noticed that each of the 8-10 screw holes on the wall of each shelf was stuffed up. I looked in my other cupboards and they were all clear. So I grabbed tweezers and manicure scissors and started gabbing at the holes with my vacuum close at hand and what came out of the holes was my nightmare come to life. I kept at it for about 40 holes and finally cleared them out, I then finished up by spraying each hole with bleach. I’m really hoping this does finally does the trick. Where else could they be coming from????

     

    Danielle

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