10 Ways to get Rid of Moths Naturally in your Home
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If you discover moths inside your home it is most likely that either your foods or fabrics have been targeted. They seem to enjoy cereals, nuts, grains, and other dry foods. Clothing favorites are those made of synthetics, furs, silk, wools, and other fabrics. They can cause a significant amount of damage even in a short time.
Firstly, the areas of infestation will have to be thoroughly cleaned by following these steps :
Throw away any food that you see moths or larvae in, or any that you are the least bit suspicious of being infested.
Vacuum the entire area, including all cracks and crevices. Make sure to empty out the vacuum once all vacuuming is finished.
Wipe down every surface in the pantry with hot soapy water and let dry.
Check all cans and jars for moth webbing and wipe them down with vinegar before returning to pantry.
Here are a few items you can use to help protect items naturally:
1. White Vinegar. Mix equal amounts of vinegar and water into a spray bottle. Clean surfaces using this spray to help prevent infestations.
2. Cucumbers. Cucumbers are one example of natural pest control when it comes to moths. In addition to moths, cucumbers are helpful in ridding ants, mites, wasps, and other insects. The more bitter the cucumber, or cucumber peels, the better.
3. Bay leaves. Bay leaves emit a strong odor that moths do not like to inhale. You can add bay leaves to potpourri or simply place some in cabinets and closets.
4. Mint. Mint leaves are another effective moth repellent. Place a handful of dried peppermint in a sachet, or place loose leaves among your clothes.
5. Lavander. sprinkle some dry lavender flower or you can simply spray lavender oil in the areas you find moths. Lavender helps take away them almost all from your house fast.
6. Cedar chips. Pick up some cedar chips or blocks from the store, and place them wherever they're needed. You can even buy cedar drawer liners or cedar rings that fit over hangers.
7. Herbal pouch. Fill a sachet bag with one or a combination of these four herbs to keep moths at bay for months. While moths don't like the smell of these herbs, humans sure do. Replace the contents of your sachets every six months, or whenever they begin to lose their fragrance.
8. Water traps. Water traps are a tricky, but natural way to kill moths. Make a water trap by filling a container with water and suspend a night light over it. Moths will be attracted to the light and will wind up diving into the water and dying. It's a good idea to add dish soap in order to ease the surface tension of the water moths are crashing into.
9. Pheromone traps. Find sticky pheromone traps in the insect aisle of your supermarket or order them online. If you get re-infested, or you miss any, they will be drawn to the pheromones where they will stick and die.
10. Hair dryer. On clothes or dresses that you cannot vacuum, but you can give it a try using a blow dryer to give it heat therapy in order to kill the moths by heating them and also their eggs. Try this method to get rid of moths fast.
Do you know of other natural ways to get rid of moths?