However, before you start finding effective ways to get rid of moths, you should spend some time learning how to spot a moth infestation.
Moth Larvae are Destructive
Many people believe that it is the moths that leave their clothes, well, moth-eaten. However, the real problem is moth larvae that feast on clothing and leave behind gaping holes. So, if you happen to see a moth playing hide and seek with the lights at night in your home, treat it as a sign that there are larvae in your cupboards merrily chewing away your clothes.
Indicators of Moth Problem
When a person sees a moth flying indoor or crawling on walls etc, they assume that it made its way inside the house by accident. However, this is not always true. If you notice a moth in your home, there is a possibility that the moth could have lived its whole life inside your home without you being aware of this fact. The moment you see a moth indoors, begin looking for indicators of a moth problem.
If your clothes have holes, it is sure sign that you have a moth problem. Other indicators include spotting larvae amongst your clothing or small silken cocoons. These larvae look like maggots and can be seen crawling on clothing. The cocoons look like silver-coloured threads or tubes.
Preventing a Moth Problem
Remember the age old adage – Prevention is better than cure. Well, this holds true for moths too. Before moths and their larvae become a nuisance and begin destroying your clothes, linen, food, and other items made from fabric, make your home undesirable for them.
Clean your home regularly. Moths love dry and dark areas, as these are perfect places to lay their eggs. So, check lofts and cupboards carefully and get rid of eggs.
Check the cupboards where you store food and pantry carefully. Empty out all the shelves and then clean the surfaces with warm soapy water. Before putting back the food, check them to rule out that there are no larvae in them. If you notice larvae, discard the food item immediately. Also, throw away food items that have expired.
Shift your attention to your clothes. The ones you are not using, store them away in an airtight bag or a suitcase. While you have the option of using mothballs while storing away clothes that you do not use, you can go green and use lavender. Not only will it work as a moth repellent, it will also give your clothes a lovely fragrance instead of the nasty odour that mothballs tend to leave behind.
Moth larvae can also find their way into carpets and upholstered furniture. Vacuum your floor carpets thoroughly to get rid of moth larvae. Protect upholstered furniture by using lavender and/ or mint satchels. You can also hang rings of cedarwood on the underside of the furniture to act as a deterrent. Then, vacuum under all the furniture and discard the vacuum bag immediately.
To avoid attracting moths from flying into your home, use yellow lights outdoors. If your home has screens, keep them securely shut.
Getting Rid of Moths
There are insecticides available to get rid of moths. These insecticides can be residual sprays or powder. Alternatively, you can use moth traps or fumers. Usually, a combination method is the most suitable to effectively get rid of moths.
Moth Spray – You do not have to spray the insecticide on the moth. Instead, apply it on clothing, furniture and carpets. Do not be liberal while spraying, as just a small amount will suffice. Remember to use the spray each time you clean your cupboards, carpets and furniture, as the cleaning will remove the insecticide.
Moth Powder – Apply moth powder in crevices and cracks to get rid of eggs. You can also sprinkle powder on the underside of upholstered furniture.
Moth Traps – Use traps in the kitchen, pantry and wardrobes; insecticide should never be used around food items. These traps contain pheromone bait that attracts the moths. Once the moths are trapped, you can get rid of them.
Fumers – There are two types of fumers available, fog and smoke. Fumers are perfect for getting rid of moths from your entire house.