Now is the Time to Deal with Moths
If you are concerned that you may have a problem with moths in your home, it is important to plan ahead to avoid an infestation. Because adult moths do not have mouths, it is not them that are responsible to damage to fabrics within your home. Instead, it is the moth larvae that cause the damage.
Washing or dry cleaning fabrics that moths might be attracted to (such as natural fibres) before storage can reduce the likelihood of a moth infestation by removing any already existing larvae, and moth attractants such as hair and oils. Storing fabric items in air-tight storage bags or totes will help with protecting against moths.
One of the best ways to prevent moths infestations is to use a moth repellent, which use the moth’s highly developed sense of smell against them. Areas treated with moth repellent will inhibit the moths to use their sense of smell to communicate and detect food, so they will avoid those areas.
Another way to use the moth’s sense of smell against them is by using pheromone-based traps. These traps attract the moths by using a pheromone specific to the type of moth you are targeting – the moths then become stuck in the trap.
Moths thrive in humid environments. Therefore, keeping your home’s humidity low by using a dehumidifier will create an environment not ideal for a moth, and they should choose to avoid your home. Ideally, your home should be around fifty percent humidity to avoid moth contamination. Additionally, rigorous vacuuming can help to get rid of moth eggs and larvae within the home.
If you have an item of clothing or fabric which you believe has been infested by moths, you can use extreme temperature to get rid of them. Place the item in a freezer-safe plastic bag and leave in the freezer for four days. This should kill off any moth eggs and larvae within the garment.
When dealing with moths, it is best to take action immediately to prevent infestation within your home. Luckily, there are a number of methods to help you get rid of them and prevent future moths from entering.