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Bug-Free Pantry Tip

Keep grain moths at bay. To keep tiny bugs out of your pantry, try taping whole dried bay leaves to the sides and bottoms of your shelves.

 

Comments (13)

  • mcb42mt02 24 Jun, 2014

    The bay leaves also works great to keep palmetto bugs away (the FL roach). As for the person who questioned ants watch this you tube video .... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRCaJQs3Bvo ..... it works! My Aunt had an infestation of [filtered word] ants and we followed this 3 to 1 ratio and it worked (one mixture is 3 parts maple syrup (used Aunt Jemima) to 1 part Borax (found in the laundry detergent isle) and the other mixture of 3 parts powdered sugar to 1 part Borax)....no more marching ants :-)

  • maryt 24 Jun, 2014

    I will put bay leaves in the panty and cabinets asap. What about teeny tiny ants, they come every summer. Hate them - I've cleaned everything, even moved the stove and swept and mopped. Don't even leave fruit on the counter.

  • Karen Ryan 23 Jun, 2014

    Does this work on pantry moths. I have been fighting them for two years now and I am going crazy. I have cleaned it out completely twice, it has gotten better since the last clean through....but everyonce in a while, a couple still show up. I hate them. I will give it a try as the "trap" I bought at ACE Hardware didn't do anything. I was told my an exterminator that they are the hardest to get rid of.....oh great. Martha I trust, so we shall see. Good luck to all. :)

  • quepam 23 Apr, 2011

    What about keeping little black ants out of your kitchen? Every spring I get them

  • MagiCubanita 23 Apr, 2011

    My family has been doing this for decades, and it really works!
    We also put 1-2 bay leaves in the flour bag or container and it keeps bugs out.

  • SusanVR 22 Apr, 2011

    A "gramma" type mentioned in a newspaper comment that laying whole, unwrapped (unchewed) sticks of spearmint gum loosely around on the shelves of her cupboards really helped keep away these bugs. I have been doing this for about five years and it has really helped me keep down this kind of bug problem. I just replace the sticks of gum a few times a year. I buy a few generic spearmint packs of gum whenever I see them cheap and then take off the outside paper.

  • Fayeboo 21 Apr, 2011

    Can't wait to try. The pantry moths are driving me crazy - hope it works on them - how about stink bugs?

  • driggert 21 Apr, 2011

    Definitely going to try this. Sealed containers do not deter these little buggers. They got into our peanut butter!! Yuck!!

  • Wootle 21 Apr, 2011

    How ironic that this tip appeared in my inbox today. I just spent a few hours tossing out a SHEEPload of stuff in my kitchen after a serious "drugstore beetle" infestation. These guys are pretty common (and often confused with cigarette or ground beetles) and feed on dry goods and (ready for this?) prescription drugs, thus the name. When I read that, I thought "how does it know what the FDA has categorized as a non-OTC drug?"

    So... bay leaves, huh? I'll try it.

  • basketpam 21 Apr, 2011

    I can't honestly believe there are people out there that didn't keep all of their grains, flours and other such items in sealable containers. My mother and grandmothers have done this all of my long life. In fact, as far as flour and some other things, if you aren't going to use this in a certain time frame, keep them in the freezer, it's the BEST place to store flour for a long period of time without it going "stale."

  • mariascott 28 Mar, 2008

    Wow, my pantry is full of little flying moths. I had never heard of these things before and thought I was the only one!!! I cleaned out the cabinates and threw out anything that the bugs could have infested. Then, I put everything into some type of air tight container. The problem --- the moths are now flying all over my house! I will try the bay leaf trick. I actually have a bay tree. Do the bay leaves attract the moths or does it work as a repelent?

  • mmsrjs 16 Feb, 2008

    Hi all: I taped bay leaves to shelves, doors, side walls of cabinets, and forgot to tell my hubby. OH OH, he went in and opened a door one evening late without turning on the light. He's shouting to me to come quick as there's bugs all over, to me it was funny when I turned on the light. To him, not so funny....

  • mmsrjs 10 Jan, 2008

    HAVE "BAY LEAVES" ALL OVER KITCHEN, ON ALL SHELVES AND IT WORKS, FUNNY HOW I DIDN'T THINK OF THE PANTRY. I ALSO HAVE SMALL JARS OF WHITE VINEGAR ON EACH SHELF. BUGS HATE IT, SOME DROWN. WILL CLOSE AND GO 'BAY LEAF' MY PANTRY RIGHT NOW.