In this house, we wage war against a pest that many households have. It’s known by many names, but the Indian Melmoth, or pantry moth, is a pain to eradicate once they move into a house. One female can lay hundreds of eggs in the smallest of places, and the nests pop up everywhere.
We know. We won a war with them in this house.
The first order of business when meal moths are spotted is to search for the nest or nests. They are not hard to find. Just look for where there is a concentration of the little insects. (We found them in two cabinets, the pantry, a bag of dog food, a sealed container of rice, and an unopened box of cereal.) The nest will be full of silk threads that are heavier and much stickier than a spider’s web. It will also be full of larvae. Do not pass go or collect $200, take the nest outside and trash it. (Any open containers of food including spices should be discarded at this time as well. Who knows how many eggs are lurking in it.)
Next, the site of the nest needs to be cleaned with something that will kill eggs, and that the moths do not like. A strong, hot white vinegar wash will do the trick. In addition, it is a good idea to clean the rest of the house with it or else face killing moths for months as the eggs you don’t find hatch out.
1/2 cup Vinegar
1/2 cup Water
15 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
5 drops Peppermint essential oil
10 drops Lavender essential oil
8 oz Spray Bottle
Pour the vinegar and essential oils into the spray bottle.
Fill the rest of the bottle with water. You may need slightly less than 1/2 cup.
Shake vigorously before each use.