Getting rid of moths doesn’t have to be challenging, but it is important to use care in determining what method to use. With mothballs containing paradichlorobenzene, which is known to cause all kinds of health issues, so not everybody wants to use this conventional method for moth control.
Another problem with mothballs is they are hazardous if swallowed, especially for children, and quite frankly they stink. Rather than take the risk, many people opt for a natural moth repellent.
Before you use a homemade moth repellent to protect your clothes or other wool items you want to make sure everything has been freshly laundered and cleaned before storing. For the best protection, you want to seal away your items in plastic storage bags along with a sachet containing a natural moth repellent.
How to Get Rid of Moths Naturally
While moths are an integral part of nature, you certainly don’t want them in your home munching on your favorite clothes or flying around your head. Here are our top ideas to get rid of moths for good.
It’s important to note that moths don’t actually eat your wool clothes, as many people think. Moth larvae are the ones that munch on wool clothing. What do moths eat? They eat foods that have beneficial minerals and salt in them.
Homemade Moth Repellent Tips and Recipes
You probably already have many of these simple ingredients on hand and can mix up one of our simple recipes to eliminate your moth problem.
All Natural Moth Repellent Sachets
After you make this sachet, you can use it in a variety of ways. You can hang it on the hanger containing wool items, you can place it in boxes with wool items, or you can stash it in your doors to keep moths at bay.
Break up cinnamon sticks and mix with southernwood inside a bowl. Lay out all three handkerchiefs. Divide the dried herbs up into three equal portions.
Place an equal amount in the center of each handkerchief. Gather the four corners and secure in place with the ribbon.
Bug Repellent Bags
You can make fabric envelopes using cloth you have around the house, or you can use cheesecloth or muslin bags. The ingredient cedar wood keeps also spiders away along with other insects for all natural pest control.
Using equal amounts of the above listed dried herbs, mix in a medium container. Place about ¼ cup of the herb mixture into the bags or fabric envelopes. Place bags around the house, inside closets, drawers, and even under beds. Add it to the pantry to kill weevils and keep them out of your food.
Bags need to be scrunched occasionally to release the herbs scents to effectively work as DIY silverfish repellent or moth deterrent. Once the smell is no longer present, empty and refill bag or fabric envelope. The dried herb mixture can also be put directly into bowls and placed around the house.
Moth Repellent with Essential Oil
Mint leaves are a natural moth repellent. You can use dried mint leaves inside a sachet as a homemade moth repellent, or you can spread the leaves loosely throughout your drawers.
Peppermint essential oils work in place of mint leaves. Apply several drops of peppermint oil to a cotton ball and set inside the corners of your closet.
Use peppermint oil for what repels bees outdoors, too. Mix a spray or grow some peppermint plants by the front porch to keep them away.
Store Clothes Properly
Herbs sachets help get rid of moth infestations, and they work great at preventing them, but they only go so far. To rid your home of a moth infestation or to prevent one from happening to you, make sure you are storing your clothes and other wool items properly.
Wash clothes with vinegar and dry outside in the sunlight at the end of the season to kill any moth larvae before you store the clothes away. Sealed containers, such as plastic storage containers, suitcases, or cedar wood chests, allow you to store items where moths can’t get to them.
Seal suits and wool coats in garment bags before being placed inside airtight containers. Avoid storing clothes in the garage or your basement, as these are moist environments where moths thrive. Clothes need to be stored in a dry area of your home like the attic or under your bed.
By luring male moths to a pheromone trap you reduce the number of moths that are mating, so you have fewer eggs and larvae around your home. Hang or discreetly place cardboard tent pheromone traps around the house to attract clothes and carpet moths.
As the moths are lured to the trap, they get stuck in glue. Replace traps as needed. Clothes moth traps work inside a chest of drawers, walk-in closets, and under beds.
Purchase the traps from a retail store or online. The traps are free from pesticides and the odor associated with mothballs. Or, you could make your own homemade pantry moth traps with pheromones you purchase from the store. Lure these pests away from your food and kill them at the same time.
Fragrant Water to Repel Moths
Moths are repelled by any clean or floral scents, such as rosewater. Rosewater works wonderfully on its own to repel moths but becomes an even stronger natural moth repellent when mixed with essential oils.
Use either a single oil or a combination, but take note that the floral smelling ones don’t last as long as the acidic or balsamic scents. Some essential oils you can choose from include grapefruit, peppermint, eucalyptus, bergamot, orange blossom, lavender, clove, cedarwood, sandalwood, and geranium.
Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well before spritzing in the air. Spray the air two to three feet away from wool and other fabrics you will be storing.
Cedar rings or blocks work well as a natural moth repellent. You can place the cedar rings on a string and hang inside the closet or place the chunks of cedar along the shelves to deter moths and other household pests.
As the aroma fades, the red cedar becomes less effective at deterring moths. Sand the wood to refresh the scent every few months. To kill any moth eggs you will need to use cedar oil, as it is the only thing proven to kill the eggs.
Cleaning the wood surfaces in your home on a regular basis will also deter moths and many other creatures like fleas, roaches, and silverfish. Take special care when cleaning a wood baseboard, wood paneling, and other wood in your home to deter moths and other pests.
Natural Ways for Moth Prevention
For a moth-free home, you need to keep your home clean, as adult moths are attracted to dirt. Keeping your carpet and baseboards clean by vacuuming regularly won’t kill moths, but it will prevent them. Change vacuum bags frequently to ensure moth larvae aren’t inside your home.
If you currently have clothes moths, wash your clothes in hot water and dry on high. The high temperatures will kill any moths, as well as their larvae. For non-washable fabrics, place inside a plastic bag and freeze for at least 12 hours. The freezing temperatures will kill eggs, larvae, and adult moths.
Pantry moths are a nuisance. Cleaning your pantry from top to bottom and throwing out any opened and infested food is a must. Once your pantry is cleaned, place fresh or dried bay leaves along the shelves of your pantry to keep moths at bay. Replace bay leaves regularly for best results.
Of course, you could always resort to mothballs, but getting mothball smell out of clothes requires washing. The balls are better for outdoor use rather than using them inside. For example, mothballs keep also snakes out of your yard, as well as other pests and insects.
Recipe for Natural Moth Repellent
- 16 ounces rosewater
- 1 tablespoon eucalyptus essential oil
- ½ ounce vodka
- 16-ounce glass sprayer
- Combine the liquids in the spray bottle.
- Spritz moths directly or areas where they linger.
This spray is ideal for clothing and bedding that will be stored. Spray the interior of the container and let it dry before adding items.
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