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Help!!!<br><br>
We have moths in our pantry and they are taking over. We are refusing to kill them (i.e. traps) but they are destroying our food. So far we have cleaned out everything and went through every single item and chucked the stuff that was bad (what a waste of money and food) we vacuumed every crevice of the cabinet, wiped down everything and put lavender oil on a cotton ball in a cup on every shelf (read that somewhere)<br><br><br><br>
But they are back..<br><br>
Please anyone have any ideas we are desperate.
 

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I've never had this problem. (thank goodness) Here's a link to a page where quite a few things are <a href="http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/disaster/msg0923475410367.html" target="_blank">suggested</a> I hope that there's at least one good idea there for you.
 

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It would be expensive, but have you considered putting in Cedar shelves? Or maybe even just put cedar shavings around on the shelves or hung in satchels around the pantry? (you can cedar bedding at most pet stores)
 

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If they are back, you have some food somewhere that's infested. Check pet food, birdseed, etc. besides any people food stuff. Freezing susceptible foods for several days might help by killing larvae, though I know you said you don't want to kill them.<br><br><br><br>
My family had this problem once and it turned out that the source was a bag of birdseed in the garage... Last time I had moths really bad, I think they came from a box of cake mix that I hadn't even opened yet. I've also gotten infested cat food, and had to stop buying my cat food from that store because they let their infestation spread to other pet foods and it seemed like they were never going to get it under control.<br><br><br><br>
It's such a pain! They can get into the tiniest spots and lay their eggs. At my co-op, they finally had to get these really bitty moth-killing wasps (they are wasps, but small as a grain of pepper) to manage the problem. Just about any bulk foods-selling store has to deal with this, it's inevitble. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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I would suggest keeping everything in sealed plastic containers, at least your food won't get 'mothy'.<br><br><br><br>
Yeah, cedar chips are a great idea. What about moth balls? Do they kill moths or just chase them away?
 

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they're paper moths. . .and we too have an infestation. I've been fighting it for about 2 years.<br><br><br><br>
you have to toss everything that has card board, or paper, or flour, in the kitchen. I mean GONE. pet food, bird see, whatever. . .like the above poster mentioned.<br><br><br><br>
And even then, it may not work, because they may be in your books, magazine, paper recycling bin.<br><br><br><br>
ultimately, i bought traps.i have an extensive and precious library--so i bought traps for that area of my house. The kitchen is free of moths--now the office and living room are the only places left. It was either get rid fo the books or get the traps. So, i got the traps.
 

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The following is my 2cents. I don't mean any offense.<br><br><br><br>
I've never had a moth infestation, but I've had flies and ants (the joys of student housing). It sucks to have to kill them, but from the sounds of it you might have to. I mean, how much food are you willing to throw out? What is the environmental cost of throwing things out and how compatible is this with your beliefs compared to trapping the moths that are taking over your house?<br><br><br><br>
On the up side, the strategies that people have mentioned -- keeping everything in plastic containers and ziploc bags, and being careful of the bulk stores you shop at -- are highly effective at preventing re-infestation. Since the ant and fly infestations, I've been careful and I've never had to kill them again.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck with whatever you decide.
 

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This has been said, but..<br><br>
They can always come in again from something you bring in from somewhere else so I try to avoid them by freezing all grains for several days to kill the eggs (if you don't mind killing eggs) and then store in very tightly sealed containers. If I have room, I just permanently keep my flour in the freezer (in freezer zipblock to keep it from absorbing smells.)
 

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a friend of mine took it like this:<br><br><br><br>
if a dog was attacking you, you'd probably smack it. . .and if it were attacking you in a deadly way, you'd probably kill it.<br><br><br><br>
the moths are in your territory, attacking you, in a sense. so defend yourself.<br><br><br><br>
seems a bit harsh, but if it works. . .ok
 

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I keep all my food in glass jars. I've learned from having ants, cockroaches, squirrels, mice, and moths. Whenever I have a glass mason jar, I clean it really well with vinegar and keep my loose stuff in them. Whatever dosen't fit in the jar, goes in the freezer.<br><br><br><br>
I hate finding critters in my food. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:">
 
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