Today’s post is about perseverance and persistence. Determination and grit. Basically all the words in the thesaurus: diligence… resolve… stick to-it-iveness. Like Sir Edmund Hillary summiting Everest, I have conquered. Like Lewis and Clark crossing the west, I have pioneered. After a summer of battle, I have DEFEATED THE PANTRY MOTH, folks.
Do you even know what I’m talking about?! You know those awful little moths that look all innocent and simple until you go to open your oatmeal and discover a nasty mix of webs and worms and wings and ick? Those little expletives.
After emptying my pantry a dozen times and searching high and low for the culprits, I finally took to google and compiled as many termination tactics as I could fit in my bookmarks menu. And now, like any good blogger, I’m going to share my arsenal with you!
Take out EVERYTHING in your pantry. This is inordinately annoying, but it HAS to be done. No cheating since that ONE container you leave in the far corner is OBVIOUSLY the one where all the damn moths are having their frat party.
Inspect every inch of every thing. Opened and unopened. The opened stuff is easy… peek inside and look for evidence of moths. And by evidence I mean, small worms, webs, remnants of webs… basically imposters in your Craisins or visitors in your couscous.
Note: Pantry moths are sneaky mofos… they can find a way into food items THAT AREN’T EVEN OPENED. Yep… EVERY. THING. Open boxes and inspect the corners. Pull out envelopes and look around the seams. To be EXTRA sure… place these unopened items into the freezer for a few days to guarantee annihilation.
Go to Homegoods. (You’re welcome.) Buy every single glass canister you can get your moth-hating mitts on. These are like kryptonite to pantry moths. They will protect you and your dry goods.
Before you load up your glass container armada, clean the CRAP out of your pantry with white vinegar. I don’t mean give it a little spritz, wipe down every inch of every corner of every shelf of every cabinet. Then do it again. For extra protection, use eucalyptus or lavender or peppermint essential oil (affiliate links) as an added barrier.
If your super DUPER thorough, throw down a few of these pantry moth traps (affiliate). Swap out every couple of months.
Load everything back into the space. Admire how pretty all the glass cannisters look and wonder why it took a pantry moth invasion to get you this organized and Pinterest-worthy. Then Snap yourself saying something witty like, “Hasta la vista, baby.”
I hate these little floating infiltraters. HATE. They can be SO hard to get rid of because of how sneaky they can be, but… KNOCK ON WOOD (seriously… knock on wood NOW), I’ve sent them packing for good!