How do I rid myself of the mite infestation in my cupboard?
September 2, 2012 4:29 PM Subscribe
How do I rid myself of the white mite infestation in my cupboard? I have cleaned everything multiple times and in multiple ways!
posted by ElliotH to home & garden (5 answers total)
I recently moved into a student house, replacing a previous tenant. It turns out that during the summer break this tenant had left bread to rot unnoticed in the bread bin for what I must assume was several months.
From this bread bin emerged small white mites, that have invaded the kitchen, and while I have managed to fight off the worst of the invasion I still cannot rid myself of the ones that have taken up residence in my own cupboard, which was, sadly, closest to the breadbin.
These mites are about the size of a grain of fine salt, white and lay brown eggs about the same size of themselves.
I've been working at this for a week. All other cupboards were cleared simply by washing pans in hot soapy water.
For my cupboard, I have:
Washed everything I own in very hot (once boiling) soapy water. I have done this 4 times now. On the last time I unscrewed the handles from pans and soaked any handles that I couldn't get inside of in dilute bleach.
Brought all my pans to the boil on the stove, and heated my casserole dishes in the oven.
I have washed my cupboards in:
Hot soapy water
I have put salt down around nooks and crannies as I am told that mites like moisture.
I have thrown away ALL my dry food that was kept in the cupboard.
I have meticulously dried the cupboard after each wash and done the same to all my equipment.
Yet still, I return to my cupboard and find more of them crawling over my pans.
I really want to kill these things off, but I'm beginning to run out of ideas. Every day they return, and while I significantly reduced their population in the first scourge, further action doesn't seem to have significantly changed the amount that appear on my stuff each day.