The day I discovered we had pantry moths, was the day I realized we must have actually eaten larvae of these gross, pesky, annoying moths. About a year and a half ago, after making rice in the cooker (you see where I’m going with this, don’t you?), I was cleaning up after dinner and the rice scooper had a piece of rice on it with a black mark on one end. I thought…’Hmmm, that’s odd. It kinda looks like a maggot.’
For a split second, I thought I’m just going to ignore this, because hey if you ignore things, that means they’re not true, right? Like how I ignored my daughter when she told me my son had squeezed out all the toothpaste into the sink? I mean, if I pretend not to hear her, then it’s not actually happening, right?
After my first thought, I had a second…and that one was much more accurate. I walked to the window to inspect this grain of rice sitting on this spoon (the spoon we just served all of our rice at dinner with) and to my surprise, I saw a larvae of some kind.
Oh. My. Gosh.
My third thought was to say nothing to my family, because how flipping gross is this. I just fed my family larvae! I FED THEM LARVAE.
I dumped the remainder of the cooked rice and ran to the pantry where I needed to inspect the bag of rice we had just purchased that week at Costco. Not only were there larvae in this bag…THEY WERE MOVING.
There was moving larvae inside the actual bag of food I just cooked and served my family.
Stomach turning is not even the right expression for this. I was about to puke.
I finally got the courage to speak to my husband and explain I had good news and bad news.
Good news is….we had extra protein at dinner tonight!
Bad news…we ate some kind of bugs in our rice.
My family didn’t burn me at the stake. Actually, we had no idea what was going on. I took a picture and sent to a few friends who all suggested it would be pantry moths.
Like, actual moths in my pantry? Inside the food? Like having more moths and procreating inside our food?
I’m sure Google couldn’t handle my searching keyboard at that moment. Sure enough, those larvae were pantry moths. Which meant, we had actual moths….somewhere.
I looked and it didn’t take long at all to find them. They were everywhere.
And I was disgusted and embarrassed and angry.
I was angry, because of what I’d need to do next. We’ve had lice in this house too (Oh, awesome…absolutely solidifying no guests here ever again, ugh) and these moths were as hard to deal with as lice!
*insert random itching of head, here*
We threw away food. We purchased glass containers for everything. Because you know what? Those pesky little creatures can actually burrow their way through brand new plastic bags of cereal, crackers, snacks…you name it. I found larvae in the corners of cabinets and under containers. It was UNBELIEVABLE.
We did this for weeks…to no avail. We still had moths after throwing away food, scrubbing out cupboards, changing foods over to glass containers and praying to God to send MothMan to our front door.
Honestly, nothing changed until we put these little sticky traps in our cupboards. I got them at Lowe’s and they worked like a charm. It still took a few weeks to make them all go away, but this stuff has pheromones in it that attract the male moths. Without the male moths, the female can’t do what they need to do and bam… they all die.
Die, I say! Die!
There, that’s it. That’s our story. I still keep these sticky things in our cupboards, changing them out every three months or so. They work. We got rid of them and they have not returned.
Here are other sites with advice too… I did it all and none of them worked, except the sticky ‘rat-trap’ things at Lowe’s. (They have similar ones on Amazon, too) *