One of the most annoying things is the presence of insects, butterflies, moths and larvae in the kitchen. These once in contact with food contaminate it forcing us to throw it away because it has become impossible to eat, and, therefore, resulting in considerable waste.
Boxes and packages of pasta inside the pantry can be at risk if left unopened inside for a long time. And at that point, one of the most annoying things is the presence of insects, moths and larvae. These once come in contact with our food contaminate it and force us to throw it away because it has become impossible to eat, resulting in considerable waste. To get rid of these insects and never let them return, here are some all-natural tips.
Clear the pantry
When we are faced with fluttering insects, the first thing to do is to figure out where they originated. The packages in question will need to be sorted and thrown away. To avert the risk of finding them again in the pantry, it is also a good idea to check unopened and sealed packages. These small and quick insects manage to squeeze into every corner of the cabinet and nest there. These may come in the form of butterflies or eggs, either way you need to get rid of the boxes. On the other hand, if the food is contained in jars, we must discard the contents and wash the container to remove any residue.
Cleaning the pantry
Once the pantry has been emptied, it is time to put the still good boxes in the refrigerator for a couple of days. Now all that’s left is to clean the shelves and racks. The best way is to use an all-natural disinfectant detergent. The best way is to prepare a mixture of vinegar and water. With a dampened cloth wipe off the excess, and with a microfiber cloth dry the inside. At this point, it is time to arrange and put back the packaged food. To keep them safe, it is best to store pasta, bread or flour in tightly sealed glass jars.
Natural products against insects
Once you have cleaned up and eliminated contaminated foods, it is important to prevent insects from returning. To prevent their formation, you can arrange a few bay leaves in the pantry. Their aroma to insects is strong and therefore drives them away. If you do not want to use this plant, then you can create a mixture with water and essential oil of orange, lavender, mint or lemongrass, all of which have strong aromas that disturb the butterflies. Insects also dislike lemon and cucumber essence, so you can place fresh slices inside the pantry, to be replaced when they dry out.
Despite all these measures to be sure that the butterflies are gone you can glue double-sided tape inside the cabinet walls. If after a few days, you find insects on the sticky part, it means that other foodstuffs have been contaminated, so you need to provide a thorough cleaning again.
Products to eliminate insects from the pantry :
- Lemongrass essential oil
- Lavender essential oil
- Orange essential oil
- Mint essential oil