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How To Get Rid Of Weevils Naturally

How to get rid of Weevils naturally with these simple and natural repellents!


Have you ever gone to make a recipe, opened the flour and been faced with little bugs crawling around? Yeah… it’s not nice!

In fact, it makes your skin crawl just thinking about it.

Luckily there are some natural repellents that will help keep these pesky bugs at bay like the ones listed below.

kitchen staples

But first:

What is this bug and what do they infest?

The bugs are called Weevils (flour bugs). They are small little beetles that are usually under 6mm in size.

And they like the same foods you do especially…

  • Flours
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Breakfast Cereals
  • Oatmeal
  • Spices
  • Dried beans

But How Do Weevils Get In Food?

Most likely YOU bought them in!

groceries in car

Yes, that’s right you most likely bought them in with your groceries.

That’s because their eggs are already in your pasta, rice, and flour and other pantry items. Just the thought is enough to make you shudder!

As gross as it is, there are way’s to prevent weevil eggs from hatching and infesting the rest of your pantry and simple things you can do to repel them.

So keep reading:

Kill Weevils Before They Hatch by Freezing Them Out

Freeze flour to kill weevil eggs


One way to prevent an infestation from starting in the first place is to freeze your products.

Simply place newly bought products such as, flour, spices, rice, pasta, etc. in the freezer for a day or two to kill off any eggs that may be lurking in the products.

This is a very effective way of preventing infestations from arising in the first place.


Get rid of Weevils with Gum

Spearmint gum to get rid of weevils

Now gum might not be the first thing that jumps to mind when thinking about how to get rid of weevils, but some people swear by it!

I can’t personally say if this works or not, but it’s worth a shot, right?

Apparently leaving unwrapped sticks of spearmint gum on your pantry shelves or in area’s that are affected will repel the little invaders!

If anything your pantry will smell minty fresh! 😉


Easily Keep Them At Bay

Bay Leaf Weevil Repellent


Weevils are tiny and can easily get into the paper or cardboard containers of cereals, oats, rice, and flour.

But there is another kitchen ingredient that can help keep them at bay and that’s:

Bay leaves!

To keep your products free from weevils, simply put a few dried bay leaves in the containers.

Easy Peasy.



Nutmeg Weevil Repellent


Nutmeg is another great way to keep weevils out.

One or two whole nutmegs buried in your flour and rice will help keep the invaders out.


Hot Peppers

dried beans weevils hot pepper

If your dried beans or peas are being invaded by weevils then simply add a little dried hot pepper to the storage container. The weevils don’t like it and will be out of your beans in a flash!


Those are some simple ways to get rid of weevils out of your pantry or from entering it in the first place!


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