The title has given you due warning.
I lead a weekly meeting. That week I started:
"I'm having a personal crisis and I need someone to tell me what to do."
Silence in the meeting room, not usually so, considering the active participation of these three intelligent women.
I continue, "It all started a earlier in the summer."
"Girl," says one, "you know how to get our attention."
I continue. "I bought a sack of Trader Joe's whole grain white flour and upon opening it found a webby mess of worms"
"Yes, yukk, I immediately put it into the garbage under my sink. Big mistake as it sat there for two days."
I explain how shortly thereafter I noticed a mothy infestation. Initially worried about my yarn, it didn't seem to be a problem. The moths were staying clear of my stash and hovering closer to the kitchen.
FACT: The moths you see in your house are eating one of two things depending upon their variety - wool or food. They are also laying eggs in their dining areas. The eggs then hatch into wormy larvae.
I was witnessing the life cycle of the pantry moth. In my rice, flour and oatmeal; in the plastic Costco Orville R. popcorn container, despite the threaded lid.
FACT: Pantry moths don't just fly randomly into your house. They hitch a ride in your groceries, usually the dry goods. Flour and those dried chili pepper flakes that you shake on your pizza are some of their favourite foods. Once grown,they leave their eggs on everything they touch.
Now my cupboards look like a Tupperware/Lock 'N Lock commercial:
We threw out everything and started over. Before stuff finds its way to its cozy plastic container, it spends a few days in the freezer. I am not going through this again.
I don't deal well with bugs. Don't ask me about the time two of my dear children came home from Brownies "Hat Night" with head lice. Twenty years later I can't even think about that without feeling itchy.