Moths are pesky little things that ruin our possessions. Moths are drawn to clothes that have been stored for some time. They prefer clothes with natural fabric such as wool and silk. There are also moths known to dine on our dry foods, showing a preference for flour and cereals. Oftentimes, the moths that eat our food are called Indian Meal Moths. The good news is that there are several methods to get rid of moths! Besides using chemicals and toxic moth balls, you can also make homemade remedies that are said to work wonders. Here are some ways in which you can rid your house of moths.
Pesticides, Foggers, Bombs
Most people think of pesticides when they want to get rid of moths. One of the most popular is aerosol sprays which can contain synthetic chemicals like permethrin, tetramethrin and allethrin which are known to repel moths. The problem with chemical sprays is that they can bother your lungs and skin if the spray is not properly ventilated.
While foggers and bombs are fairly cheap to use, as are aerosol sprays, they too can be harmful to humans and pets. If you do decide to use an aerosol spray, fogger or bomb, be sure and let the treated areas vent for several days before using.
The alternative to chemical use is organic pesticides which use natural ingredients but are still comparable to synthetic chemicals in getting rid of moths. They may not be as readily available as products like Raid, but they are safer to use which is a big consideration when you have kids and/or pets.
Oh – the smell of mothballs! It’s not the best scent, but mothballs are still an effective and inexpensive way to kill moths. Mothballs need to be placed in containers that are air-tight so that their toxic gases will build up. It is these gases which eliminate moths and the larvae they produce. The huge downside to using mothballs is that they are toxic and kids may mistake them as candy or food.
Natural Methods to Destroy Moths
There are some great homemade remedies that actually work to repel moths. For example, you may want to try filling sachets with dried lavender, or cotton balls which have been dipped in lavender. Place the sachets in drawers, closets or wherever else you store your clothes. Dried mint leaves, or a combination of cloves, thyme, ginseng and rosemary put in sachets work well, too.
Cedar wood chests are an awesome defense against moths. Moths are repelled by the smell of cedar. When the cedar smell wanes, simply gently sand the cedar or purchase cedar chips or blocks.
For Food Moths
Treating Indian Meal Moths that invade our food is different than treatment for clothes moths. When treating your kitchen pantry for meal moths, you must throw away most everything. The exception is canned food or factory-sealed food. Although that is a costly notion, it is necessary to do as the basic component for ridding your kitchen of meal moths is cleanliness and sanitation. Moths are able to find the tiniest scrap or food crumb so it’s imperative that you scour your shelves and cabinets and vacuum up every last bit of dirt and dust.
After tossing food items, use bleach or another type of sanitizer on the shelves. After applying a treatment, you should let the area dry out for several days before putting food back.
Sources: www.blog.ecosmart.com/index.php/2008/09/19/how-to-eliminate-indoor-moths-safely/, www.getridofthings.com/get-rid-of-moths