Yes! Bay leaves! If your house has been invaded with "lady bugs", which are actually a sort of beetle, then bay leaves are your solution!
My dear friend, Karla, over at the The Culinary Enthusiast told me last year to put a bay leaf in each windowsill and the lady bugs would stay away. I never got around to trying it because I was always out of bay leaves and could never remember to pick some up at the grocery. Well this fall I remembered! I bought a bottle of bay leaves for less than $2 and let me tell you I am enjoying a house free of lady bugs! Yes, we have a few strays on occasion, but this old farmhouse kitchen sometimes had at least a dozen crawling around the kitchen window alone. It was awful! This year...wonderful!
Now if could just do something about some pesky spiders that have been invading... I think I have a solution for that, too! I'll share it with you if/when I get the secret ingredient needed!