Utterly empty and squeaky clean. Aaaand, right outside my pantry it looks like this:
Utterly chaotic and messy. Because yesterday morning in the pantry I found dozens and dozens of critters that looked like this:
Can't see him so well? Here's a closeup:
It's a Flour Beetle, only about as big as two pencil tips, held together. He and about a hundred or so of his closest friends were partying in my rice and pasta and cruising around looking for places to expand the festivities. Ugh!
So yesterday I pulled every single frickin' thing out of the pantry, opened every box, peered in every bag, and wiped down every single can and bottle. I tossed out tons of open crackers, rice, pasta, and cereals. It took hours and hours to undo the damage. I worked up quite a sweat--that's why this photo below is out of focus. I literally couldn't see, from all the sweat rolling into my eyes!:
I used a lot of soap and hot water, and scrubbed down every single surface of the pantry, even the undersides of shelves:
I followed up by wiping down everything I'd just washed with disinfecting wipes. Usually I don't use this kind of product, but it is part of my earthquake emergency stuff:
While I worked like a mad thing, the pugs cowered in the corners. They were so confused: Mom is hollering and shrieking, but not at us. Who, then?
And then, I think I'm going to store a lot of my starches and carbohydrates in clear plastic boxes from now on:
Bed, Bath & Beyond or amazon.com is gonna make quite a killing off me, this weekend.