Are you having a dreaded attack of pantry moths (aka pantry weevils)? I’ve had several episodes over the years, and I’m really pleased to have finally found a spray that helps to keep them away.

Once moths have taken hold of your pantry, you’ll need to go through everything and throw out all food items that show signs of infestation. It’s easy to spot the moths themselves, but you’ll need to keep an eye out for strands of webbing on packets, or the wiggly larvae that pour out of your breakfast cereal – yuck.

Next take everything out of your pantry and give it a good clean with hot soapy water, let dry and spray the entire area with this DIY spray. Leave the spray to dry, moths really dislike this combination of essential oils and white vinegar.

Respray exposed areas like the ceiling and inside the doors every now and then to keep them away.

Also make sure to clean and plug any holes, this is from one of our readers Leigh “The real pearl is to check all the holes for the shelf supports including the ones the supports are in. That’s where they lay their eggs. You might see webbing over the opening, a sure sign there is large inside unless the moth has escaped. I had tried everything without success until I read this on another site. Sure enough we found tons. I made up this spray and dipped a small brush I use for my hummer feeders in it and started cleaning out every hole. I washed and sprayed everything again and got hole plugs for shelving on Amazon. No more moths!”

DIY Pantry Moth Spray

1/2 cup Double Strength White Vinegar

1/2 cup Water

15 drops Eucalyptus essential oil

5 drops Peppermint essential oil

5 drops Tea Tree essential oil

10 drops Lavender essential oil


 8 oz Spray BottlePour the vinegar and essential oils into the spray bottle.

Fill the rest of the bottle with water. You may need slightly less than 1/2 cup.

Shake vigorously before each use.