Pantry Moth Natural Solutions

Are you having trouble with pantry moths? Don’t feel bad, it’s nothing to do with poor housekeeping. Most of the moths come into your house already in bags of flour, rice etc.

Try these natural methods to get rid of them and ensure they don’t come back and cause havoc.

When you get your rice, flour etc before you put it in the pantry place it in the freezer for 24 hours to kill any tiny eggs. We actually eat them all the time without realising and they do us no harm but they do hatch in your cupboard and that’s when we get the little larvae and moths that then lay more eggs and so the cycle repeats.

If you can see them in your bags of carbohydrates throw them out in a sealed rubbish bag that is outside of your house and start again. If you have hens they love the extra protein!

Take everything out of your pantry and wash with warm soapy water, I use our Hemp & Eucalyptus Dish Wash Liquid.  Make a spray by mixing 1/4 tsp each eucalyptus, lemon and peppermint essential oils with 110ml Wendyl’s Premium White Vinegar. Shake and spray directly onto clean shelves and the inside of cupboards.

Try a few drops the essential oils mentioned above on cotton wool balls and leave them strategically around your pantry.

You can also distribute Bay Leaves around your pantry, this seems to work for some but not others, perhaps this depends on the quality and freshness of the leaves, worth a try though. I use the essential oil option in my pantry and have also bought the pheramone traps in the past when we had a larger infestation.


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  1. Bay leaves are of no use whatsoever – it’s a myth. I had an infestation a year ago and after the cleanup I liberally used bay leaves everywhere. I also started freezing items too. Then a month ago I had another infestation and fortunately because I was more aware it wasn’t as bad as the first. The ONLY thing that worked was the pantry moth traps from the supermarket and I guess I decided that bay lleaves would do the job when I ran out of the traps. Caught out again! So bay leaves are a waste of time. I shall try your remedy on cottonwool though I think I’m still better off with the traps.

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      Thanks Rosemary, that was a tip from Wendyl, good to know it does not work, will adjust the post 🙂

      Try the cotton wool, I’ve also used traps and am in the process of sourcing some natural ones, should be up on our site in a couple of weeks

  2. Bay leaves work for me, I have a Bay tree and put heaps of fresh leaves around the pantry, I havent had moths for 2 years. I have a sticky supermarket trap inside the pantry as well to double-insure (!) and it hasnt picked up anything. I am in Tauranga.

    1. Hi Marion, dried bay leaves work for some but not for others, if they are old that could inhibit their effectiveness.

  3. I use cedar blocks and lavendar scent in my wardrobes to stop moths from eating my cashmere, maybe this would ward off pantry moths?

  4. Hello. My husband and myself noticed this little moth in our kitchen after we made a trip to the grocery store, we were unable to kill it before it went out of sight, figuring we would see it later that day and kill it then. Boy we were so wrong! Is it customary for this moth to migrate to other areas of the home too? We fight them in our kitchen, hallway, 1 of our bathrooms, & we think in our livingroom (I think that we lose sight of them and they end up in the livingroom). I want to get the traps and do the oils, just wanted to find out if they do migrate to other areas, so I know how much I need to get. Thank you for you help with this matter.
    Blessed Be )0(

  5. I have a pantry moth caterpillar explosion in my kitchen. They are everywhere except in the food cupboard. I mean hundreds. My kitchen ceiling is covered with them, & I’ve only just cleared an infestation of the adult moths. I have no idea where they are coming from. I’m going to have to take everything out of the kitchen I think to find the nest. They seem to be never ending.

  6. Hi all
    Like everyone else we had an infestation of the pantry moth, it all started when our home got flooded out, we had to stay away from the house until some of the boards and pantry were replaced, when we got a chance to come back and have a look at progress out ceiling was riddled with the lava, anyway we’ve cleaned out the pantry and have made a spray solution as directed, do we let the spray dry or wipe it into the surface?

      1. Hi I have just for the first time had a problem only because I saw the larvae after they had multiplied and saw them on the pantry celining and found the source to be a bag of rolled oats. I have emptied out the pantry I have thrown away any packaged food and now only have bottles, jars and cans left. I will wash these in warm soapy water. However can you advie regards the following:
        1. Are opened bottles of oil and tomato sauce etc ok or should I throw them out? I would rather be safe than sorry
        2. I have an old pantry cupboard so hard to get into the corners – will the spray kill any eggs in the corners?
        3. When can I put all items back in the pantry – do I need to spray and clean more than once ?

        Thanks any help is appreciated – this is a first for me

        1. Hi Rose

          Opened bottles of oil etc will be fine, give them a wipe and put back in the cupboard. I did a good clean once and that did the trick. Try to get into the corners as best you can, the spray will help to kill the eggs but wiping them away is the best option. Leave to dry throughly before replace pantry items. Using the essential oils on cotton balls helps and the traps were also great as any new moths went in and that was that. They are such annoying little things! I hope you have eradicated them for the long term 🙂 Triona

  7. Hi
    We had the same problem and noticed that the moths were laying it’s eggs in the holes where the shelving is placed so clean then with a toothpick. I pulled out another 6 larvae doing this.
    Thought this may help when trying to identify where they are.

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