How to Get Rid of Moths

By Beth Krietsch

No one likes dealing with moths in the home. They eat away at our sweaters, burrow into our food, and lay eggs in hard to reach spaces like closets and carpets. Not only are moth invasions cringe-worthy to think about, they’re also capable of putting a huge dent in our wallets. Luckily, moths don’t have to play a big role in your life if you know how to deal with them properly. Here’s how to get rid of moths in your closets and kitchens.

How to get rid of moths in closets and wardrobes

Moths are drawn to closets because they like to lay their eggs in warm and dark places. Common areas to find them include deep in corners of your home, inside your shoes, and among clothing.

Here are a few ways to avoid a moth infestation and to get rid of an existing moth problem:

  • If you notice a moth invasion, remove clothing and thoroughly vacuum closets and wardrobes, then wipe interiors with a damp cloth soaked in water and mild detergent to kill any moth larvae and eggs that might remain.
  • Wash all clothes and other items that were in your closets prior to an infestation.
  • Frequently air out your clothes and always keep clothing clean.
  • Store clothing in airtight storage bins and bags.
  • Hang wool clothing on cedar hangers. Cedar is known to be an excellent moth repellent.
  • Use moth balls.
  • For a more natural alternative to mothballs, hang a sachet filled with dried cloves, thyme, lavender, bay leaves, or rosemary. Alternatively, you can spray essential oils on your clothing or around the closet.
  • Vacuum and deep clean floors, drawers, and hard to reach spaces at least once each month.
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How to get rid of moths in the kitchen

If your food is starting to smell musty long before you expect or if you’ve noticed caterpillars or moths anywhere in your pantry or kitchen, you may have a moth problem.

Here are a few ideas for taking action against a moth problem in the kitchen:

  • Throw away food that’s been infested. If you notice holes in cardboard boxes, definitely toss the item. Sometimes bulk items are infested with eggs before you even bring them into your home.
  • Store food in airtight plastic or glass containers to prevent future infestations.
  • Clean up messes right away. Lingering crumbs and spills are more likely to attract moths than a clean space.
  • Check at least monthly to make sure your cupboard doesn’t contain any open packages of food.
  • Give your kitchen a monthly deep clean with a chemical cleaner or a soap and water or vinegar and water solution. After noticing the presence of moths, scrub down all surfaces to thoroughly remove eggs.
  • Set moth traps. Traps are cheap and come in many varieties.
  • Think about storing nuts, flour, grains, and similar items in the freezer to avoid enticing the creatures.

When to call in an exterminator

Some pest problems require a professional’s help. If you’re still experiencing moth problems after following our tips, a pest professional can evaluate the problem and design a treatment plan to get rid of and prevent moths in your home.

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