September 26th, 2012

kid - jabba the hutt impression.

Pantry Moths in the Cupboards, Part IV

We have now managed to get the bugs in our house (first the larvae/grubs and then the flies) identified, so I can officially wail that we've been infested with pantry moths, which also sneak around under the name Indian Moth or Grain Moth. Seanie thinks it is slightly less disgusting that they are 'moths' instead of 'flies', but sharing our kitchen with a swarm of these creatures is horrible, no matter what you call them.

Today it was so bad that we went out and bought sticky traps, which we hoped would at least help keep their numbers to a manageable level. We also bought a citronella candle, although I have no idea what use that will be, if any. I just remember that when I was a kid, citronella candles kept the mosquitoes away while we were camping. Maybe the scent will drive the moths out?

At least I can take comfort in the fact that they are aren't here because of anything we did. According to Seanie's research, the moths will get into packages of cereal or flour or dried fruit at a warehouse or a store, and then when you bring that food home (because they leave very little evidence of their presence) all hell breaks loose. All we can do now is clean the heck out of the kitchen from top to bottom! The bad news? These moths like to into the tiny nooks and dark crannies of the cabinetry, so I have no idea whether we'll be able to get to all of them, even if we empty and temporarily dismantle the shelves.

Either way, this huge problem couldn't have come at a worse time. Seanie's got a mountain of work to finish up, and I'm up to my elbows in schoolwork. It just may drive us both mad!

Thank goodness they have not spread beyond the kitchen.