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UGH, MOTHS

Moths are getting to be a problem in our house. Only they don't seem to be attracted to clothes, but to actual food. I just had to throw out a bunch of rice because of wriggly white moth maggots. Given that, and given that I can't stand mothballs, I'm gonna go with a more natural solution and make satchels of red cedar shavings and/or other repellent herbs. Apparently lavender repels moths, too. And lavender is edible, so I might just buy a bunch of lavender and mix it in with the new rice I have to buy now. I'll have lavender flavored rice, but that's the opposite of a problem for me.

Hmm... I wonder if it would work to buy some small cedar planks and put them near the food?

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kengr
Feb. 23rd, 2017 03:43 pm (UTC)
The real solution is to keep your rice in airtight containers. The bags from WinCo get holes too easily.

Oatmeal and flour are also likely to get moths.
fayanora
Feb. 24th, 2017 01:50 am (UTC)
I thought the container I had it in WAS airtight, but turns out it wasn't. I haven't gotten rice from WinCo in ages.

Don't use oatmeal except the quick packets, and I never use flour.
acelightning
Feb. 24th, 2017 03:13 am (UTC)
Pretty much all grain products are subject to "weevils" (yeah, they look like little bitty caterpillars that turn into little bitty moths). Keep every such product (flour, oatmeal, rice, unpopped popcorn) in Tupperware or similar tight-sealing plastic containers; the little fuckers can chew through plastic bags. And don't use cedar, because it'll make the food taste weird. Instead, get a package of bay leaves, and put one or two leaves in each storage container, as well as on the shelves where you keep all these things. If the containers are small enough, and/or you've got enough room in the freezer, keep your grain products in the freezer (with or without bay leaves). In fact, that's the best place to store certain things like whole-wheat flour, so that the oils in it don't get rancid.
fayanora
Feb. 24th, 2017 03:16 am (UTC)
Thanks for the info about the bay leaves. I don't have room in my freezer and I don't use flour, but the bay leaves thing is useful. So too the Tupperware thing.
acelightning
Feb. 24th, 2017 03:46 am (UTC)
There are a number of brands of plastic storage containers that are like Tupperware but cheaper - Rubbermaid, of course (although they're not all that cheap), and one that may be local to the Northeast is Starplast. Just make sure you snap the lids back on tightly after every use. And cheap Mexican bay leaves will certainly work just as well as high-class "all-natural, organic, non-GMO" ones.

I love to make and eat popcorn, and occasionally I treat myself to a small bag of specialty popping corn, like blue or red. More than once I've found weevils inside the package when I opened it. Of course, I always take it back to the store, and also write/email/phone the company that produces it. Obviously, be extra careful of anything you buy from a bulk bin!

kengr
Feb. 24th, 2017 06:51 pm (UTC)
we should hit Freddie's I think they've got the best selection of that sort of container at any of the chain stores.
fayanora
Feb. 24th, 2017 09:29 pm (UTC)
Okie dokie. :)
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