Pantry moths are fast at reproducing. If you have seen one, chances are high that there are many others hiding in your cabinets or may be breeding in your dry stock. Moths don’t grow into thin air. We bring them home with groceries- this is why it is very important to wash green stock before transferring into fridge. Air, moisture, sunlight & food to feed-on; altogether create a favorable environment for kitchen moths to grow and reproduce to infinite limits. Storing your staples into airtight containers help locking out the pests. Start with organizing your pantry with Tupperware containers if you have taken the plunge of clean sweeping moths from your pantry.
Avoid Buying in Bulk
Buying in bulk saves money only when it is consumed before being spoiled. If you have a smaller family, buying in bulk won’t be a practical idea. Instead you will have food canisters you rarely confront. Having food containers that stay untouched are a breeding ground of kitchen pests.
Store Food in Airtight Tupperware Containers
Preserve your dry staples (flour, grains, lentils & cereals) into airtight Tupperware containers. Tupperware canisters are available in different sizes i.e. deep enough to hold larger quantities of flour and cereals and handy enough to conserve smaller quantities such as spices. It is important to refrigerate dry staples for 2 weeks in Tupperware containers before you arrange them in your pantry. Refrigerating dry stock will cease the reproduction of moths that have yet not hatched from the eggs.
Toss Opened Dry Goods
Flour and grains must be taken out from their initial packaging. Converting dry goods into airtight Tupperware containers will keep it away from kitchen intruders. Having opened packets of lentils, flour(s) and cereals invite moths, which could lead to severe infestation.
How do I Clean my Pantry once Infested?
It is easier said than done. Cleaning your pantry and eradication of moths is time consuming. Start off by taking out all the food containers. Check each jar add inspect for the possible infestation. Discard any food carefully you find signs of infestation. Wash your cabinets with hot soapy water and give a final rinse of warm water and vinegar to kill off larvae and eggs. Peppermint also helps fighting against the kitchen moths.
Do wash your jars or run them through hot water once. Let them air dry before arranging them again on to your shelves.
Keeping Baking Soda & Bay Leaves Help
Keep baking soda in fridge to prevent foul smell. Some fruits and vegetables produce gases that rot any other raw(s) stored in the vicinity. Baking soda help fighting against the smells produced by the preserved. Bay leaves keep the moths at bay thus keeping few in your cabinets and in your Tupperware containers will keep moths at bay.
Throw Trash Cans
After you are done, carefully trash your kitchen bins. If left, insects from the trash can find their way again to the pantry and cabinets. Wash trashcans thoroughly, before bringing them in kitchen again.
There is nothing that could beat Tupperware containers in terms of how handy and convenient they are. Organizing your fridge, cabinets & kitchen becomes effortlessly interesting provided you have appropriate containers. Tupperware containers could be a bit pricey than glass counterparts but they are sturdy & break proof. Lifetime warranty on Tupperware containers is a plus! Extend the shelf life of your food items by storing them in Tupperware containers whilst keeping the insects away!