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Is Bulk Buying Worth It?

Posted on | April 13, 2012 | 2 Comments

I’m finished with the bulk buying. Why? Indian Meal Moths. They have taken over the house. They have invaded every box/package of pasta, cereal, rice, flour, nuts, crackers… I have tried everything. I have moved everything into air proof containers. Do the Indian Meal Moths care? No. They are mini Houdinis. They can climb into anything. They eat through the plastic bag to get to the rice. Oh, and don’t even try to smash them. They disintegrate into a black smear that can’t be removed.

I caved. After I began to pick out boiled larvae from the pasta while still on the stovetop, I administered an intervention, to myself. I can’t control them. I give. I called an exterminator. I’ve never called an exterminator before.

Everything had to be tossed. Our trash collectors must hate me. If I’m not tossing a quarter of thawed, grass-fed beef, I’m tossing an entire kitchen & basement of dried goods.


2 Responses to “Is Bulk Buying Worth It?”

  1. Reticula
    April 13th, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

    I’ve been in the same situation before. It was awful. Bags and boxes of food ruined.

    After I threw most of the food away–at least what wasn’t in cans–I washed everything down with bleach several times, including every can and plastic bin. Once I’d gotten rid of everything that could hide a moth or larvae, I set out a bunch of traps from Gardens Alive. They really worked. I was so paranoid of bringing more in for months I baked everything that came in a box in a low oven before I put it away in sealed plastic bins–cereal, pasta, grains. Eventually I got control, but it was a nightmare for a while.

    May your pantry remain moth free.

  2. Vikki
    April 13th, 2012 @ 10:38 pm

    Now I’ll have something to fear besides bed bugs and and tiny immortal ants. Thanks.

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