Those pesky pantry moths!  Here are some green tips for tackling those tiny monsters!

What You Need

Warm, soapy water
White vinegar
Essential oil (peppermint, citronella, eucalyptus, or tea tree)
Bay leaves

Cleaning cloth and/or sponge
Airtight food storage containers

1. Inspect everything in your pantry. Although moths tend to infest flours and grains, you should also check dried fruit, candy, pet food, etc. You’re looking for adult moths, larvae, and eggs, which may look like webbing or clumps of grains. Discard any infested foods outside, away from the home.

2. Thoroughly clean every nook, cranny, corner, and crevice with a vacuum and/or warm, soapy water (dry thoroughly). If there were signs of infestation, immediately discard vacuum bags.

3. Wipe shelves, food containers, and other surfaces with white vinegar. For added protection, use a few drops of essential oil like peppermint, citronella, eucalyptus, or tea tree (available in health food stores such as Whole Foods).

4. To prevent infestation, store foods in screw-top, airtight glass, metal, or plastic containers.

5. Bay leaves repel pantry insects. Place the leaves inside canisters and cupboards.

6. When you bring dry goods home from the store, place them in a plastic bag in the freezer for one week to kill any eggs. If you have space, you can use the freezer for long term storage.

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