It happened a few months ago.



Just a stupid bug in my pantry. So I squashed it and did not give it another thought. Until I opened the pantry again and saw two of them there. Where did they come from? What are they?

And thus began a daily battle against the bugs. I hated the thought of them being there, and I was determined to win. But no matter how many I killed, they kept coming back. So I pulled every single item out of my pantry, wiped the shelves, found dead bugs, wiped the cans, boxes and bags one by one. I wound up throwing a bunch of outdated items out. I found a container infested with the pesky bugs.  There, I win! Everything went back in the pantry.

But the bugs came back. How is that possible? So this became my morning routine: get up, check the pantry, kill a few bugs, go on with day.I did it again half way through the day, and one more time at night. I bet I did this for six months straight. But I still did not win the war.

My frustration grew. I googled the bugs and found out they were pantry moths. Figures. How they got there I have no idea–probably a bulk food bag. I felt dirty. What was wrong with me? I couldn’t even have a bug-free pantry!

I bought pantry moth traps. Don’t laugh, those are real. It was all out war. I found myself talking to the bugs, and telling them that they were not going to win. This is my house, not yours.  And I will not co-habit with you. You are not welcome here. And I am going to win if it’s the last thing I do.

I won.

And in the process, I learned a few valuable lessons:

  1. I can’t lose if I don’t quit.
  2. It’s all in how badly I want it.
  3. I can’t lose if I don’t quit.
  4. Don’t accept it if you don’t want it. If I refuse to make it mine, it is not mine.
  5. I can’t lose if I don’t quit.


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  1. So true Barbara, funny thing is that I encountered this same adventure that you write about after coming home from a vacation. I went through the same process and I too finally won. Ha, ha. Life’s daily battles has a way of teaching us truths that stick. Don’t quit. 🙂


  2. Yes. we have this problem, and the moth traps do work. Anything you buy from the store that has been in their warehouse could have eggs on the package outside, and when they hatch in your pantry the fight is on. Continual looking at pull dates and using up old flour and cereals first will help. You are not alone, but together we keep up the fight. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a True Story.


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