5 Ways to Stop Pantry Moth Ruining Your Food, From
Mother & Son Inventors in Tuki Tuki Valley Hawke’s Bay
(1.) Freeze your dry food when you bring it home from the supermarket or organic store. When you freeze the food you kill all the pantry moth larvae, as well as their eggs. A great natural way to stop weevils coming into your home.
(2.) Use quality sealed containers like glass jars or tupperware. Pantry moths will eat through thin plastic, and crawl through incredibly tight gaps.
(3.) Pantry moth pheromone traps. Pantry moth traps are work against adult male moths, but don’t lure adult females who lay eggs and spread colonies.
Pantry Moth traps are also made from chemicals with limited long-term tests on effects on humans. Whenever possible, keep factory-made chemicals out of your home and kitchen.
(4.) Use caulking or gap filler to seal the screw holes and gaps between joinery in your pantry. Weevil eggs and cocoons can lay dormant in extremely tiny spaces around your pantry, then hatch weeks or months after you’ve done a big clean out.
(5.) Place cloves, bay leaves or eucalyptus leaves in your pantry. Large bunches of very fresh leaves and herbs from the garden can help when they’re in the right season and full of their natural oils. But when they’re a few weeks old, or are picked in the wrong season, they won’t effectively stop pantry moth breeding.
There is now a super effective solution for pantry moth that is totally natural. It is invented by Hawke’s Bay herbalists, orchardists and farmers Johno & Biddy Ormond.
They have a 60 day guarantee on it working in your pantry. If it doesn’t work for you, they refund you 120% of the purchase price. Click here to buy their all-natural pantry moth deterrent.
Is there anyone who isn’t trying to remove or reduce the amount of unknown chemicals they have in their home?
“The whole idea is that less is more… I believe we can use simple natural recipes at home to effectively solve common problems. And by using natural ingredients we avoid the factory-made chemicals which are often bad for us,” says Biddy Ormond, inventor of No More Weevils.
Biddy is a spray-free orchardist, former farmer and well-known business woman in Hawke’s Bay. Over the past five years she’s been reducing the amount of chemicals she has in her home and medicine cupboard. No More Weevils was one way of achieving this, and she’s now sharing it with New Zealand.
But No More Weevils pantry moth deterrent isn’t just for baby-boomers like herself. “No More Weevils is one part of a revolution in which we’re starting to look after ourselves. A revolution where many of us are asking ourselves how can we stop using household products that have far too many chemical ingredients.”
“No More Weevils and all our other products are all made with simple recipes of plant extracts.”
“The whole idea is that less is more… I believe that we can use simple natural recipes in the home to effectively solve common problems. And by using natural ingredients we avoid the factory-made chemicals which are so often bad for us.”
No More Weevils comes in a beautiful, round aluminium tin. In there you’ll find two packages that stop pantry moth spoiling your food.
The first package contains cedar wood chips soaked in a strong mix of essential oils. This when opened and placed in your pantry, it will stop pantry moth spoiling the food in your pantry for the next 3 months.
The second package is a twin-pack of draw deterrents. These are lovely Whakatane cardboard, lightly soaked in essential oils.
Place your draw deterrent in two food drawers, two small cupboards, or two bird seed bins. This will stop pantry moths breeding in that space for the next 3 months. Wouldn’t it be great to stop pantry moth breeding in your dry food?
Leaving the Harmful Factory-Chemicals in the Past
Pictures of Biddy Steam Extracting the Essences from Plants With an Alembic Still
Judging by Biddy and Johno’s constant experimenting with plant extracts, they’ll soon need only a handful of factory made cleaners, cosmetics and ailment cures in the house.
For Biddy’s part, she has good reason to want to avoid chemicals and the factories that produce them. As an orchardist, tour operator and farmer, she has a close connection to the land.
She wants to help preserve it for future generations. Reconnecting people with the useful properties of nature is the way she has chosen to do this. Biddy also wants to keep her kids and grandkids safe.
When she was 21 Biddy’s father suddenly died. As his only child, her father left her his run down 1400 acre property. It was tough work for an inexperienced young farmer, but Biddy turned the property around and made it profitable. Soon she was able to start planting it with stands of native and eucalyptus trees.
35 years later she’d raised a family and was still farming, but the physical work had become too tough. She then moved into town and set up Long Island Guides. Within 5 years her tour business was successful and servicing top-tier clients. Those clients included the CEO of Chevron USA and the CEO of General Electric USA.
After 7 years of operating Long Island Guides Brigid sold the business to her god daughter and sought out a new challenge. So she turned her attention to her new home, an orchard in the idyllic Tuki Tuki Valley in Hawke’s Bay. The Valley is very near Havelock North and Cape Kidnappers, and Te Mata Peak.
“I had always wanted to use plants for things like healing, cosmetics, and natural pesticides. So I bought the tool that would allow me to do this – a Portuguese Alembic Still.
I remember it clearly. The Alembic Still (steam extractor) had just arrived from Jill Mulvaney of Alembics, and I wondered to myself ‘what next’. Then it came to me – pantry moth.
I was from Canterbury where it’s colder and there’s less pantry moth. In Hawke’s Bay pantry moth was a major problem, and there was no solution.
After a year of tinkering Biddy had used her Alembic Still to create a recipe that was powerful against weevils. All the ingredients she used were from her spray-free orchard.
But Biddy had gotten a taste of the experimentation and kept pressing on with her Alembic Still extractions. “I’m creating all kinds of recipes here on the property from herbs and plants I’ve grown from seed. We’ve just finished developing a clothes moth deterrent which will come to market soon. And we already have other products available.”
“The exciting part for me is that all the new things I create are grown here, and extracted on site with my Alembic Still. Can you get any more natural than that?”
Yes I’m doing my small bit but it worries me when I look at the household products I’ve used through the years – and the products I still use because I can’t avoid them yet. And when I say household I mean everything in the home. I’m talking about the shampoo and moisturiser we put on our skins every day, household cleaners, and even a lot of the medicines we use for common ailments.
When you read the ingredients you wonder what all those chemicals could be. You wonder whether they’ve even been tested for long term effects on humans. In fact in many cases you can rest assured that they haven’t been thoroughly tested for long-term effects on humans, because it’s just too expensive for authorities to even ask it of producers. Isn’t that crazy?
It’s true that a small exposure to all these chemicals isn’t going to harm us much. But bear in mind that we’re using these products weekly or even daily if we’re putting them on our skin or in our hair. We’re in contact with them all the time and we don’t even know what they’re doing to us. The ingredients lists are constantly evolving, but we’re always in the dark about what they’re doing to us.
It’s clear that we need to look after ourselves and take charge. Knowing that we’re putting ourselves at risk is part of what motivates me to come up with natural solutions that actually work.
“I want to go back to nature. Go back to the recipes and plants that have been used for centuries by people. We know that plants that have been used for generations are safe for us to use.”
Finding the Properties In Nature That Can Work For Us
Biddy’s son Johno – himself a parent – agrees with Biddy that we should be reducing, not increasing, the number of chemicals we have around ourselves.
“If you could avoid factory made chemicals, would you? We believe that most people would say yes, and we’re trying to help them do just that.
For years companies have gotten away with using a huge number of chemical ingredients. They do it to increase their profit margin, or to increase shelf life. The reality is that for a small amount more effort and money, you can use often use natural products and reduce the cumulative risks.
In fact, the perfumerists, cosmetic companies, and pharmaceutical innovators are using nature as their muse. Over half of modern medicine is based on compounds found in nature. And until recently, perfumerists used Alembic Stills to extract the essence from plants. They then used those essences in their perfumes.
We’re by no means saying that these practices are wrong. Modern medicine is of course why we live so long. What we are saying is that in many cases we are using these synthetic compounds involves using a long list of other factory-made chemicals.
When you look over all the products you use in your life, the list of chemicals you’re in contact with really does add up. So our response to this is to avoid these chemicals whenever it’s safe to do so. For household insect repellent, go natural if you can. For cosmetics that you rub on your skin every day, try a simple and natural solution.
These simple and natural options are what we are offering to people. We’re doing going back to nature, back to the source. We’re extracting the essence of flowers, barks and leaves that have these active properties. We’re creating things that’re as safe as possible, while still working.
In the case of No More Weevils, we have used the most natural form of the product we could: essential oils on cedar wood chips and Whakatane cardboard. It smells outstanding and it completely stops pantry moth breeding in your dry food.
“At the end of the day we’re not only doing this for serious reasons. We have fun with it. I love talking to customers, and helping sell what we create. And Biddy loves creating things from her massive herb garden.”
“Biddy loves working in harmony with the natural cycles of the seasons, discovering which plants yield at which times.
When they’re at their peak, she extracts them and mixes them together to make balms, spritzers and insect deterrents.
She now has a swag of herb gardens that the rabbits and chickens can’t get into. Her forty plus years of experience growing everything from lambs and crops to fruit trees lends itself to the work.
She gets serious kicks from learning about the various plants, and what they can do. As she says, we’ve all grown up with these plants our entire lives but have forgotten what they can do.
I love being able to offer natural alternatives to people that really work. Every day I’m talking with people who’re excited about No More Weevils, or one of our hydrosols. I can’t wait to release the next products.”