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?

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