What's Grosser Than Gross

immadult.jpg Where oh where do I begin?  We have noticed some little moths flying around our house lately so the hubby pops on Google to investigate. I simply have written these off as a side effect of kids going in and out of the house in the summer and leaving the door ajar. Nope, Google has enlightened us to the fact that they are hatching from larvae that has somehow infested our food. Gross.

So, we go through the cupboards looking through the most likely infected food: dried fruits, cereals, pasta. The good news: that stuff is all stored pretty much in the same cupboard. The bad news: it is in the cupboard we eat out of the most. Really bad news: upon closer inspection we find several larvae on the sides and tops of these shelves. Grosser.

So the hubby starts to pull all of the open food off the shelf so we an locate the source of the problem. We start with the food that has been opened the longest and work back from there. I am feeding Lily dinner in the next room so I am not in on the action (also bug killing and hunting falls squarely in the manly job category). The hubby exclaims, “Found it! There are tons of them in the walnuts.” I am so glad we have found the source until I realize I ate those walnuts…last week. Grossest. 


  1. Cathy says:

    We had a lot of trouble with these into the past, until we discovered these: http://www.gardensalive.com/product.asp?pn=8878
    I have no financial interest in this company, but we buy these regularly and they really DO help.

  2. Good thing I haven’t had breakfast yet. That just turned my stomach! I think you did the right thing by leaving that one up to man of the house!

  3. goodideamomma says:

    I am so glad that you didn’t serve us walnuts the other night, right????

  4. Ugh….that’s nasty! We keep our walnuts in the fridge….it keeps the fresh, and this way they won’t get larvea in them :)

  5. Oh how awful! I have a friend who came home from a long vacation to find her whole house swarming with those things! At least you found where they were coming from! Ugh!

  6. Were there walnuts in that salsd you fed me last week????? GROSS!!!!

  7. I think I just threw up a little bit in my mouth!!!!

  8. cleaver mama says:

    I did just throw up a little in my mouth.

  9. I too have discovered the same problem with moths in my pantry. We found several in a package of dried red peppers. After that we cleaned and threw away everything that wasn’t canned. We thought the problem was solved. Well they are back and I don’t know how to get rid of them. I have even discovered them in sealed tupperware containers. I continually check for them in the pantry. I guess I will go check out the moth traps available at the hardware store. Thanks for writing about this I thought I was going crazy!

  10. We found them in our bird food. Which we kept in the garage, and every time we came in from the garage, so did the moths. It took a while to solve the problem. We’ve been using catchmaster moth traps and get them from http://www.cleanertoday.com/Moth-Traps-by-Catchmaster-s/85.htm
    The traps work, and they ship fast.

    (now the bird seed is stored in the shed).

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