Effective Ways to Get Rid of Moths
- Published: Feb 18/2021
- Last update: Apr 19/2023
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Dealing with moths is annoying. The problematic bugger falls into two different categories, mainly depending on the trouble they cause. Some moths feed on clothes and even carpets, while others enjoy living in your pantry and eating your food.
As pest control providers, we know how troublesome dealing with both types of moth infestation can be. Experience tells us that prevention is the best way to fight moth infestations in your home, but sometimes it might be too late for that.
If that’s the case, then you’ll have to find a reliable way to get rid of moths as quickly as possible. As it is common for old houses and buildings to have moth related problems, it’s always good to know a thing or two about these pests and how to protect your food and clothes.
Believe it or not, moths can be attracted to the way you decorate your home. The flying insects are drawn to fancy silk curtains or any furry materials in your home. Pretty much any cloth material that moths feed on can drive them to your house. A moth’s menu can include various fabrics, such as wool, fur, webbing, silk, hair, felt and even feathers.
Moths love living in dark places and tend to avoid well-lit areas of the house. Because of this, you can usually spot moths at night, or in rooms where light is little to none.
A moth infestation may not look like much of a problem, still, it should not be underestimated, as it can cause damages amounting to thousands of dollars to fix or replace.
Moths can be found in different rooms of the house. Some may be living in your kitchens’ pantry and feeding on your food, while others can be thriving on the bottom of your wardrobe feasting on forgotten knitwear. Because of this, sometimes it can be hard to find where the moths are living and breeding. You will have to dedicate part of your time to observation and careful inspection.
From our experience, we can conclude that moths usually find a breeding ground in dark and humid places that are rarely used. The food source is of major importance, as young moths need food to grow and survive.
Going through old clothes and decluttering your wardrobe will ensure that you don’t create a nice breeding environment for moths in places you rarely open.
There are some important indicators to look out for that can tell you that moths are present in your home:
If you find any of the above signs or see some of your favourite knitwear with holes from moth larvae, we suggest that you go through your clothing and try to find if there are any more of the above-mentioned signs.
The good news is that you can fight moths on your own, as long as the infestation isn’t severe. Some of the proven home remedies you may remember from your grandma. Here they are:
If you have a more severe infestation going on in your home, then you may have to seek the help of a specialist to do the job. A professional pest controller will come and identify the type of moth, and take the proper steps to exterminate the pest. They will also come for a second time to inspect the infested places and determine if more procedures will be needed.
As we’ve mentioned before, prevention is the best method to fight an infestation, regardless of the pest. And you can save yourself the troubles of getting rid of moths by taking a few simple preventive measures:
Starting with the washing of all the clothes that you are going to store for the season. The washing machine will kill the moth larvae, so you won’t have to worry about your clothes safety when you put them in the wardrobe.
After you prepare the clothes, proper storage area must be in provided. We suggest the usage of plastic containers, which can be closed, and isolated from the outside. This is the best way to prevent any moths from entering after storing.
It’s also good practice to place a lavender satchel in every container, just in case. A big plus is that after taking the clothes out, they will smell great.
Call the pro pest controllers to deal with them for good!