With over 165,000 species of moth, it’s no surprise that some find their way into our homes. In the UK, there are two main types of moth we might find in our abodes, Clothes Moths and Carpet Moths. The same methods of prevention and treatment can be used for both species of moth, so let’s get stuck in.
Moths? Argh! How do I keep them out of the house?
To begin preventing moths from entering your home, you need to understand how they get there.
Closing doors and windows to the home, while a blatantly obvious suggestion, is the most effective method of preventing moths’ access to your home.
Should you need to ventilate your home in the summer months, consider drawing curtains over your open windows, installing curtains above your door, or explore the possibility of using door/window screens to keep moths, and any other uninvited pests out of your house.
Taking shoes off as you enter your home is also a useful habit to form, to ensure we don’t transfer the microscopic Moth eggs we could be carrying inside.
Hoover the home regularly and thoroughly, paying close attention to hard to reach and dark areas, under heavy furniture or sofas etc. Hoovering will help to kill the spread of a moth problem, as it ensures the moth eggs, which later hatch into larvae that munch your carpets, clothes and textiles, are removed before they can create a problem.
For fashionistas or collectors of clothing and textiles, irregularly worn or stored fabrics should be kept in boxes, or sealed bags, to prevent moths from laying their eggs, and larvae hatching and munching on your treasured threads. Wardrobes should also be cleaned regularly.
Adult moths, while frightening to some, and certainly the ugly duckling of the insect world, are no threat to your textiles and fabrics and barely make it a foot from the ground. It’s their larvae that do the damage.
Cleaning/hoovering suitcases and storage boxes will also help to ensure you’re protecting your home from a moth problem. Going forward, when you return from holiday, ensure you do this once you’ve emptied your case (this can also help to stop the transport of Cockroaches and their eggs).
For fans of vintage furniture, should you be gifted a piece, or make a purchase, be sure to thoroughly clean the item, to stop the spread of moth eggs and to ensure the pest-free equilibrium of your home. Vintage clothing hunters should also utilise dry cleaning services to ensure that their new acquisitions don’t spawn pests that could later take over their home.
They’re already here – How do I get them out of the house?
First of all, for anybody worried they have a moth problem, give us a call, we pride ourselves on providing a friendly service and the best advice and treatments, at an affordable price.
There are a few things you can do should you have a moth problem, to try and reduce the problem, but due to their fast-breeding nature, they can be a hard pest to control without professional help.
Lowering the temperature in the home and turning off radiators can help to deter moths. It is commonly accepted that central heating has extended the time span of moth activity in residential settings.
Hope you like lavender and cedar! If you google anything related to moths in the home, you’ll be bombarded with home and leisure websites and their tips of hanging cedar balls in your wardrobe and bags of lavender around the infested areas. Alternative you could make your own moth balls. Hocus Pocus? No. Moths genuinely hate the smell.
Apart from that, a deep clean is also advised. Detergent soaked cloths and a thorough hoover should do the job.
There are also a number of DIY options, but honestly, you could end up spending more money and spending longer in a worrying situation than necessary.