Last Wednesday was D-day and I was armed with my house cleaner and bleach. Thank you Thank you for Melissa, I couldn't have done this without her. We spent five hours emptying and throwing out boxes and bags of food. Some of it clearly had to go and the pantry was due for a total melt down clean. What I was not prepared for was the absolute grossness of the whole task and my constant need to itch. Then came the anger of finding out that even with throwing everything away, wiping down with bleach those little sh*ts can come back because of the EGGS!!!! The damn eggs.
To give you an insight on how bad they can be... they laid eggs in Kirk's stack of coffee filters that were in an opened plastic bag. Hopefully he didn't drink too many of the worms in his coffee! They are also sneaky bugs - I have adjustable shelving in my pantry, you know those little tiny holes that you put the dowel in so the shelf can sit on it....EGGs/larvae in those holes! In the folds of unopened plastic sealed boxes... when you shake it - wormds fell out. Spices - yes, in my spices. I told you - infested. Blah.
After spending all that time I decided we weren't going to put everything back until the big guns came in. Why waste all that time? Kirk called [because of course that was the least he could do since he was out of town for the entire ordeal] and we were scheduled for the next day.We have been using Alpha Ecological pest control because of the dogs for several years now and have been extremely happy with their thoroughness and understanding of safety.
Every day I go in and check - do an inspection and look for the tiniest larvae or moth flying around... I haven't seen a thing and I am keeping my fingers crossed.
First I am curious to see the Sistema line by Martha Stewart - I am not a big fan of the plastic but this looks nice and not a bad price point.
Then I will also go to Container store and IKEA to look at some of their options and if I am still at a loss I might need to find a Tupperware party!