As cooler weather approaches and the woolen garments come out, moths become quite the nuisance. These of course are not the only moths to worry about. Pantry moths are a year round pest.
Getting rid of moths naturally can be a bit of a challenge. Moths are clever. Really clever. And resilient. They lay their eggs in your carpet which actually affords them quite a bit of protection. You have to get creative with how you go about trying to rid your home of them.
Traditional ways of getting rid of moths involve some pretty awful smelling products. Moth balls anyone? Gag. Who wants their clothing to smell like a moth ball?
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Where to Start?
Since moth larvae can hide in carpets, under furniture and in the corners of cabinets, your first line of defense involves the vacuum. Vacuum everything thoroughly, using crevice attachments for the cabinet. You need to do this every day for 7 days. You would be surprised at how much you miss on the first sweep.
While you are in the kitchen or pantry, discard any open grain-based products. Moth larvae can eat their way into the bags. Ideally, you want to store grains and flours in glass jars with very secure seals on the lids. (I have had success with good old mason jars like these.)
3 Natural Moth Repellants
Dried lavender is simply the best way to repel moths naturally. They hate the smell of lavender! The best part is that your clothing will smell nice and the lavender won’t permeate your pantry staples. I purchase this brand.
Placing a few cinnamon sticks in garment bags, cabinets, and closets works really well to repel moths. However, the scent can linger in cloths so if you aren’t a fan of the cinnamon smell, you might not want to use these. These ones are a good price and should last you a while.
Same deal with the cinnamon although you need to sprinkle a handful or whole cloves around. You can put them in a little dish as well. Once again, they tend to leave a residual aroma on clothing. This brand is a pretty good buy.
Important Warning About Using Essential Oils As Moth Repellent
Lemon, mint, eucalyptus, bay leaf essential oils (as well as the dried herbs) seem to actually feed the moths. They love those particular flavors/scents apparently. Lots of essential oil sites will promise that these oils will rid your home of moths. Nope. Won’t happen. They will just give them reason to stay.
Make Your Own Moth Trap
To take care of the immediate problem of moths, trap them moth traps which are really easy to make!
You will need:
- Flypaper (this one is good)
- Cheap fish oil which attracts moths (this is about as cheap as it comes)
- Dab a bit of the fish on some fly paper and hang it in your closet, pantry, cabinets etc…
If you would rather use something already preassembled or you have multiple species of pantry bugs to contend with, this product is about as safe as it gets and it very effective.
Have you battled moths in your closets, drawers, cabinets, or pantry? What worked for you?