Moth season in the UK runs from May until October, so one benefit of the cooler months is that we do not have to worry about moth infestations. I am often asked how to rid of moths, especially the ones that get into your wardrobe and carpets, so I have put together some of my top tips using natural methods to help prevent them and keep them at bay.
Wardrobes & Cupboards
Use Eucalyptus Oil – Wipe neat onto the inside of the doors and walls in your cupboard or wardrobe, alternatively add a few drops onto a padded coat hanger.
Use Lavender Oil – Pop some fresh lavender into small drawstring mesh bags and hang in your wardrobe and cupboards. Link to lavander: https://amzn.to/3SdMubk
Vacuum – Vacuum inside wardrobes and cupboards regularly, and look for any moth nests.
Cedarwood Rings – These are fantastic, natural eco products that help keep moths at bay. Hang on hangers or put inside drawers. They will last for up to 3 months. Link to Cedarwood Rings: https://amzn.to/3d18UfK
If moths have made their way into your wardrobe, they may have also begun to start nesting and laying eggs. If untreated, moths in our clothes can be the cause of skin irritation, blisters, and rashes.
Freeze any clothes or belongings that show any signs of moth activity. Keep these items in the freezer for at least 24 hours in a sealed plastic bag to make sure any larvae are killed off.
Wash clothes that contain larvae or eggs. Use the hottest setting you can and use the highest heat in your dryer. Wash and scrub any areas you found larvae or eggs with a vinegar and water solution.
Moths also enjoy taking residence in our soft furnishings and carpets. If you notice your carpet fraying or small white patches where they are eating away the fibres, you know you have a moth problem.
Keep Rooms Cool – Moths like warm areas where dead skin and hairs are present such as carpets, rugs, blankets, and bedding.
Steam Clean – Use a carpet cleaner or steam cleaning to kill off the eggs. Move and clean under furniture.
Lavender – Mix lavender, white vinegar and water then lightly spray your carpet daily.
Let the Light in – Keep curtains and blinds open when possible as moths don’t like natural light.
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