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How to Get Rid of Moths

They might not look dangerous due to their resemblance with butterflies, and well, they don’t harm human beings directly, but there are several ways in which moths can become a headache for any household.

The signs of moth infestation in any house are underlined with the damages moths and their larvae cause to different household items. It is important to know about these damaging signs so that you can quickly get rid of moth infestation.

  • Larvae of moths cause asymmetrical holes in fabrics

  • White shouldered house moths affect food items in your kitchen counter and cabinets

Apart from spoiled food and damage to different clothing and fabric items of your household, a moth infestation is indicated by webbing, cocoons and droppings.

Methods to Get Rid of Moths

To prevent the loss of your valuable household items, especially clothes, to moth infestation, it is important to get rid of them.

Do an Extensive Vacuuming of your House

The first thing you need to do is to vacuum all those places in your house that can host moth eggs and larvae. Moths from their early life cycle can hide beneath furniture, in carpets and in the corner of cabinets. Vacuum all those places in detail. To reach narrow endings, you can use crevice tool with your vacuum hose.

Use of Natural Products

  • Mint and Peppermint Oil

Dried mint leaves and peppermint oil can help you get rid of moths. Place some mint leaves in your closet to save your clothes from moths. Cotton balls soaked with peppermint oil can also be placed in closets and cabinets to get rid of this insect.

  • Cedar  

Another natural moth repellent is cedar wood. To protect your furniture from moth infestation, you can use cedar liners on your closets and other furniture items. If it is not possible, get some cedar blocks from the market and place them where you notice a strong presence of moths.

  • Combination of Cloves, Thyme & Rosemary

Combining these natural herbs in an open container can help you get rid of moths. These pests can’t withstand the smell of this combination of natural herbs. Replace the content of the container after four to six months or whenever you notice that the herbs are losing their fragrance.

Moth Traps

Pheromone-based moth traps are now available in markets. They are very effective in getting rid of moths from your house. Pheromones attract moths towards those traps already coated with effective pesticides. Moths throw themselves into those traps and die. Moth traps are available with different labeling to get better results. For example, there are different moth traps available for pantry and clothes moths. You can find those moth traps from any reliable establishment of pest control products. One of the best traps for moth control which we carry here at Solutions Pest & Lawn is Pro-Pest Pantry Moth and Beetle traps. These contain a strong pheromone that moths cannot resist which will lure them into the trap.

Temperature Treatment

If your garments are infested with moths, then there is another home remedy you can use to get rid of moths. You can kill the eggs and larvae of clothes moths by using very low temperature of your freezer. Put the affected item in a plastic bag, seal it and place it in your refrigerator for a good amount of time. The hyperthermia in the environment of refrigerator will kill moths of early life stages.

Control the Humidity of your Home

Humid conditions are very suitable for the reproduction of moths. In summers, due to increased humidity, your household can be troubled with a large number of moths. Therefore, lowering humidity levels inside your home is imperative to get rid of moths. Many HVAC units come with built-in dehumidifiers, however, you can also get standalone dehumidifiers to create an inhospitable environment for moths to reside and reproduce inside your house.

Keeping humidity levels below 50% will be good to get rid of moths. You can measure humidity levels with hygrometer easily available on hardware stores.

Professional Insecticides

It is advised to get rid of moths without using strong chemicals since they mostly reside in food and clothing items. However, if moth infestation is of severe nature then it is better to treat the affected areas with commercially available insecticide products. Following are some strong chemicals easily available on pest products stores to get rid of moths.

Pesticide Sprays

One of the best ways to get rid of moths are professional insecticide sprays. They provide a good knockdown and an excellent residual wherever they are applied. Solutions Pest & Lawn has a lot of different insecticide sprays to choose from but perhaps the best one for moth control is Pyrid Aerosol or EcoPCO ARX.

  • Boric Acid Dust

Boric acid dust is an odorless powder that can be used to kill many types of pests including moths. Boric acid has a twofold action on moths. If it gets inside their body, it destroys their nervous and digestive system resulting in their death. It can also damage the exoskeleton of moths.  A boric acid dust we carry in stock which works great is Borid.

  • Pyrethrin Dust

1% pyrethrin dust is basically a silica gel which is used as an effective insecticide chemical to get rid of moths. Pyrethrin dust is used as a strong dehydrating agent that sucks up all the moisture from the exoskeleton of moths, resulting in their eventual demise. Some of the pyrethrin dusts we carry in stock which can be effective for moth control include:  Drione Dust, Pyganic Dust and Tri-Die Dust.

In using both of these pesticide products, extreme care is required.

  • Keep children and pets away from the treated area.

  • While sprinkling these chemicals on infested areas, wear a mask to avoid the inhalation of toxic elements.

  • After treatment, vacuum the area to clear all the dust and dead insects.

It is very difficult to prevent the infestation of moths. Nevertheless, frequent vacuuming of your house, keeping clothing items clean, using fly screens and regular DIY fumigation of your house will help you keep moths at bay.  


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