How To Get Rid Of Moths And Keep Them Away

Learn how to get rid of clothes moths effectively and prevent future infestations using natural methods. Read our comprehensive guide.

February 8, 2024
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Dealing with a moth infestation at home can be frustrating. Getting rid of existing moths while keeping new ones from invading takes diligence and consistent prevention methods. The good news is there are many highly effective, natural ways to kick moths out and permanently deter them from returning.

This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know to eliminate a current moth problem and proactively protect your home using safe, eco-friendly products and prevention tactics. From deep cleaning and organizational tips to moth trapping, repelling, and killing solutions, implementing these natural methods will successfully banish moths for good.

Deep Clean The Infested Area

Start by thoroughly cleaning any areas where you have spotted moths or larvae. Vacuum carpets, upholstery, curtains, and closets to remove eggs, larvae, cocoons, and any food scraps moths may be feeding on. Use the crevice tool to vacuum corners, baseboards, ceiling corners, and the back of furniture where larvae hide.

Wash all infested clothing and bedding in hot water above 130°F and dry on a high heat setting above that threshold to kill any lingering eggs or larvae. Be sure to clean under furniture cushions, inside drawers and cabinets, under beds, and behind appliances where lint and hair accumulates that larvae feed on.

Take everything out of infested closets, dressers, and storage bins and vacuum the interior surfaces well. Discard any cardboard boxes, paper, or debris moths could be living and breeding in. Take this opportunity to declutter and organize while eliminating moth hiding spots.

Keep Your Clothes Organized

Moths are attracted to messy, undisturbed places piled with clothing and fabrics to hide and breed in. Keep your closets, dresser drawers, and storage boxes very neat and organized to deter moths. Go through clothes seasonally and donate, recycle or throw out unused items moths could be laying eggs in.

Storing wool, cashmere, silk and other delicate fabrics in sealed airtight plastic bins or bags helps limit moth access. Space clothing properly in closets so air circulates freely. Use hard plastic storage bins instead of cardboard boxes, which moths easily chew through. Keeping your wardrobe and linens orderly and minimalist gives moths fewer places to inhabit undisturbed.

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Use A Natural Moth Killer

There are several safe and effective natural solutions to eliminating moth adults, larvae, eggs, and pupae when you spot an infestation. Cedar balls, lavender sachets, and cotton balls soaked in essential oils like peppermint and eucalyptus repel adult moths. Cedar chips, dried lavender, rosemary, tobacco leaves, and coriander seeds make natural moth repelling sachets to tuck around your home.

Diatomaceous earth, a powder made from fossilized aquatic organisms, sprinkled in infested carpets and crevices punctures and kills larvae through micro abrasions. It absorbs the outer waxy coating causing the insects to dehydrate. Diatomaceous earth is non-toxic and gentle enough to spread under furniture and on mattresses.

You can make traps with pantry moth pheromones or homemade vinegar traps to catch and kill adult moths and disrupt breeding. Sticky pheromone traps lure male moths in with fake female moth sex hormones while vinegar traps attract both male and female moths eager to lay eggs. They end up entangled in the sticky boards or drowning in apple cider vinegar water.

Store Clothes Neatly Folded

Properly storing clean clothing and textiles leaves no places for moths to hide and breed in. Refold and neatly organize any piles of laundry right away before moths start flying around newly available food sources. Use sweater boxes and vacuum storage bags to tightly compress and contain woolens, delicates, and off-season clothes moths seek out.

Moth larvae need undisturbed natural fabrics like wool, cotton, silk and cashmere to develop into adults. When you tightly pack clean items into airtight containers it helps suffocate eggs and worms while making fabrics harder to access. Stash off-season clothing like winter coats in cedar chests that repel moths. Freezing small textiles for 48 hours before storage can also kill any eggs or larvae.

Don't Let Humidity Get In

Moist, humid indoor environments over 50% relative humidity are the perfect breeding ground for clothes moths, who need higher humidity to thrive. Use a dehumidifier, make sure living areas are properly ventilated, repair any leaks, and avoid overwatering indoor plants to deter excess moisture.

Leave closet and dresser doors cracked open for air circulation. Place cedar blocks, desiccation crystals, or charcoal inside drawers and storage boxes to absorb ambient moisture while repelling moths. Dry cleaning wool items before storage eliminates sweat and oils moths feed on and removes traces of humid air trapped in fabrics.

Check problem spots like basements, bathrooms, and attics for musty smells or signs of dampness moths gravitate to. Monitor humidity levels with a hygrometer. Keeping indoor relative humidity around 30-45% helps creates an environment too dry for moths to successfully reproduce and survive for long.

Natural cedar wood oil for moth prevention

Use Natural Moth Prevention Products

There are many smart natural moth repelling products that use plant essential oils, cedarwood, eucalyptus, mint, thyme and other herbs to safely prevent infestations without using harsh chemicals.

Lavender and cedar sachets, cedar blocks, dried citrus peels, eucalyptus leaves, and essential oil pest deterrent sprays work great placed around your home and closets. Herbal moth repelling pouches made with wormwood, rosemary, Rhododendrons and sandalwood can also be tucked into storage containers.

Cedar hangers and storage boxes, cedar filled pillows, and cedar lined drawers all block moths with inviting cedar scents humans like and moths detest. Cedar balls strung into garlands provide 360 degrees of moth repelling power in closets and can be hung in basements and sheds too. Just periodically re-charge cedar blocks in direct sunlight to restore the potent moth repelling oils.

Mint and eucalyptus plants naturally deter moths around pantries and kitchens where food moths enter. Growing them in outdoor garden beds near entrances sends unwelcoming vibrations to moths from a distance. Crush fresh mint, lavender, rosemary or time on window sills to reinforce the odour barricade.

Keep An Eye Out Every Season

Be vigilant year-round in closely monitoring for signs of moth invasions. Physically check clothing, drapes, corners of rooms, windowsills, ceilings, carpets, cracks, pet bedding, and stored textiles regularly for cocoons, webbing, larvae, eggs, and spotted adult moths. Catching an infestation early makes eradication much easier before larvae multiply quickly.

Know common pantry moth species like Indian meal moths, Mediterranean flour moths,  angoumois grain moths, and tobacco moths. Check pantries weekly and toss out any grains, cereals, baking ingredients, dried fruits, nuts, seeds, pet food, tobacco, or spices moths have contaminated. Wipe shelves down and store vulnerable foods in airtight glass, plastic, or metal containers.

Implement a regimen for checking every room thoroughly each season. Monitor spaces with plentiful textiles closely in spring and summer when populations boom. Use pheromone traps continuously to monitor for infestations between manual checks. Learn larvae and egg identification skills through online guides to spot hard to see signs.

Red Cedar Wood Pieces as Natural Moth Repellents

Shop Natural Moth Repellents

Health food stores, hardware suppliers, and online eco-friendly pest control retailers offer all sorts of non-toxic moth solutions. Cedar rings, cedar wood pouches, neem leaf powders, diatomaceous earth, gypsum powder, chestnut leaf granules and herbal moth repelling sprays are smart natural alternatives for keeping moths out of your home.

Instead of mothballs with harsh camphor and naphthalene chemicals, use cedarwood blocks, lavender sachets, or natural pest repelling stones which work just as effectively. Buy pheromone traps and natural sticky traps you can hang in closets, basements, attics and sheds to capture moths safely without poisons.

Implementing these organic prevention and elimination solutions and will successfully get rid of existing infestations while keeping new moths out for good. Say goodbye to toxic mothballs and sprays forever by adopting natural techniques to foster a moth resistant environment inside your home!

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