Moths are a nuisance and many of us will have come across them at some point. Moths are very destructive creatures and can be a pain to deal with. However, when you discover a moth infestation there are certain steps you can take.
Getting to Know Moths
Familiarising yourself with moths and their habits is essential when it comes to eliminating them from your home. Moths avoid the light and tend to seek out dark spaces. It is not actually adult moths that cause destruction to clothes it is their larvae. If you see months flying around it is likely flour and grains, they are seeking out to infest.
What Do They Damage?
Moths damage various items in your home, depending on their variety. If you are dealing with clothes moths, their larvae will destroy clothing. Carpets are another favourite for moths. The kind of moth you find in your pantry will destroy edible goods such as flour and grains.
Recognising An Infestation
Damaged clothes is a major tell tale sign that you are dealing with a moth infestation. Damage to carpets it another sign. You may find moth eggs in the corners of drawers and wardrobes. Food moths are often discovered because you can see them flying around.
How To Prevent Moths?
You can prevent moth infestations if you keep them from entering your home. Keeping your home clean and hoovering regular will eliminate any eggs and larvae that have been distributed.
When storing clothes be sure to wash them first, sweat and particles of food will attract moths, so washing clothes before putting them away will prevent this, it will also take away the risk of storing clothes that may already have moth larvae on them.
Some essential oils can be used to repel moths. Lavender is one in particular that moths will avoid and help keep them well away. You can make up small pouches and leave them in drawers and wardrobes. You can even make up a spray bottle and spray around your home regular.
How To Get Rid Of Moths?
When you realise you have a moth infestation you need to act fast. You can use sprays for moth infestations in carpets, and thoroughly clean the area to get rid of any eggs and larvae that could pose a problem in the future.
Freezing is a great chemical-free way to get rid of moths from clothing and other small items. Wash your clothing and other washable items in the washing machine and dry them on the hot setting if possible.
For pantry moths you will need to get rid of all affected food items, clean the pantry down with hot soapy water and bleach. Every shelf and container should be thoroughly cleaned.