Clever: How To Get Rid of Food Moths With These Tips

Food moths are a very annoying thing, because they are difficult to get rid of. But there are a few ingenious tips that make it easy!

Food moths are annoying and hard to get rid of
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Everyone knows them: the annoying little beasts called food moths, which multiply rapidly without us noticing and which are very difficult to get rid of once they have hatched. In addition, the affected food must be thrown away. Although food moths are not particularly dangerous to health, the consumption of affected products can lead to allergies, skin diseases and gastrointestinal disorders. In addition, they can introduce fungi or dust mites into your household. Therefore, you should get rid of them as soon as possible. But what's the best way to do it? With these three tips, you will certainly succeed!

How to avoid food moths
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Here's How you Can Avoid Food Moths:

You can take a few preventative measures to avoid the unpleasant situation of having food moths in your household. To do this, it is essential to clean the house regularly. It is also very important not to leave food out in the open.

Food moths are particularly attracted to products like flour. These are best kept in jars. It is much more convenient anyway and the moths have no chance to get into the flour. Many other foods can also be stored in these containers, especially dried herbs and spices.

The 3 household products are great for getting rid of moths once you have them ...

Baking soda is a household remedy against food moths
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#1 Baking Soda

Baking soda is a very simple and proven household remedy for food moths. Everyone has some at home (if not, you can also use baking powder instead) and you need to mix it with flour in a 4:1 ratio. Pour this mixture into a container and you have already built a moth trap. The moths deposit their larvae in it, but the baking soda or baking powder prevents them from surviving.

There are 2 more practical household products that you probably have in your grocery or spice cabinet...

Cloves are a useful remedy against food mites
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#2 Cloves

Cloves are not only great for cooking, but they can also help you fight against stubborn food moths. Cloves contain a lot of essential oils, which are not appreciated by food moths at all. Simply place a few cloves near your food or sprinkle a few drops of clove oil, if you have it available, in the corresponding areas and the food moths will take to the skies. It is also possible to achieve a similar effect with lavender oil, which has a similar effect on moths thanks to its fragrant substances.

You can also count on the next household product to fight moths...

Bay leaves are useful to fight foods
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#3 Bay Leaves

Another spice can help you get rid of food moths. Indeed, the smell of bay leaves does not appeal to moths either. Just take a few and proceed in the same way as with cloves and spread the leaves in the place where you store your food. The food moths will then flee. To be safe, bay leaves and cloves should be stored a little longer, even if you don't see any moths. After all, larvae that you can't see may still be hatching. That way, you can be sure to get rid of moths for good!