I received an email from a reader today and I thought that I’d share it with you, since this is a pretty common problem especially in our humid climate!
Hi there, I love your blog! Was wondering if you had any advice on an all-natural cleaner/pesticide for pantry pests? I’ve been invaded by tiny white mites (not termites) – I think they’re called flour mites – so I need to conduct a big clean-up and keep them away. Thanks!
Answer: Hi Jeannette! Thanks for the question! You’re right in not wanting to use chemicals, especially near your food! I had a similar experience recently and here’s what I have figured out:
Like with most things – prevention is key. The first thing to understand is how the little mites got in to begin with. A lot of times – depending on where you buy your dried goods from – food can come with larvae that we can’t see and they can hatch in your pantry. It’s always best to buy from a trusted source, make sure the shop is clean. Some shops can sometimes be a bit unclean and little bugs might be getting in from there. Also things like dog food, cat food and bird seed don’t have as strict of standards, so if you’re bringing those into your pantry – little bugs might be getting in through there as well, you definitely want to store them outside of your kitchen.