Guarding against moths
There’s few things more irritating than finding moths have put a hole in your favourite knit sweater in between seasons, or carpet beetles have chewed through the carpet in your spare bedroom.
Today we’re sharing some simple tips and tricks for guarding against moths and what to do if you find them lurking in your home.
A brief guide to moths
The first step to guarding against moths is understanding them. The type you see flying in your home aren’t typically what you need to worry about. Moths that eat clothing don’t like light and it’s likely you’ll never see them. When you do, what you’re seeing is an adult moth – and they won’t do any harm. What you should be concerned with is the larvae of clothes moths and carpet beetles. When insects have a chance to lay eggs in secluded spots, the larvae will feed on your fabric for several months.
Since these moths shun bright light, you’ll rarely find them in busy areas of the home. Where they tend to thrive is in clothing that’s packed away into a closet or on carpets underneath furniture.
- Keep clean – Keeping your home clean and vacuuming regularly will help keep moths at bay, and if you’re in the habit of cleaning regularly you are likely removing them without knowing it. Vacuuming is enough to remove eggs from the carpet before they have an opportunity to hatch, so don’t be tempted to skip those hard to reach spots under the bed or in the back of your wardrobe.
- Wash up first – Before you pack away any clothing between seasons, make sure you wash any items that have been worn to rid them of moth eggs and any scents that might attract pests.
- Seal in plastic – Store your clothing in resalable plastic bags and boxes, which moth larvae won’t be able to penetrate.
- Try cedar – Red cedar contains oils that will kill moth larvae, though not eggs. Cedar boards or cedar-lined closets are a good place to start.
- Use lavender – Again, lavender is a simple DIY solution to keep moths at bay. Use a small packet in cupboards and drawers where you’re storing clothing between seasons.
- Air it out – Moths like heat as much as we do. If you’re not using your spare room, turn the radiators off to keep the room cool and discourage moths from hatching there. Let natural light into the room and open the windows regularly to let air circulate. Taking rugs, cushions and blankets outdoors and brushing or banging the dust out of them will also in turn help shake off any invisible moth eggs that are embedded there.
Do you have any tips for guarding against moths? Let us know in the comments below.
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