Compared to other pests, moths pose little harm to people; instead, they wreak havoc on fabrics, clothing, and food pantries. They're also attracted to light, making them a nuisance during outdoor events on summer evenings.
Not sure where to start in getting rid of moths? Check out these moth control and prevention tips to stop the fluttering pests from taking over:
Mothballs contain a form of dichlorobenzene, a chemical insecticide known for its potent smell. They are most effective when storing them in plastic bags with the clothes and fabrics you want to preserve. This allows the vapors to build and shield from clothing moths. You can also place mothballs in large spaces, like the closet or storage areas, to kill any larvae moths that may have already been laid.
Vacuum and Dry Clean
Vacuuming on a regular basis gets rid of dust and moth larvae from developing. It can also help to rid the carpet of moisture, which can attract moths to this area of your home.
Dry cleaning your clothes can also help prevent moths from feeding on them, as it sucks out all the moisture conventional driers may not be able to extract. If you can't afford dry cleaning, hang fabrics out in the sun where the UV rays can help get rid of excess moisture while killing off other pests like bed bugs as an added bonus.
Keep Food in Airtight Containers
Food-eating moths like the Indian meal moth go for most of the common foods found in pantries, such as sugar and flour. And because some of these products come in paper bags, it makes them easier to access for moths. What moths can't break through are plastic containers, especially ones that are airtight. Keep items like cornmeal, oatmeal, and flour in airtight plastic containers to avoid not only attracting moths, but for longer-lasting shelf life for consumption.
Seek Out Synthetic Fibers in Clothing
To avoid having moths feed on your clothes at all, consider buying clothes mixed with synthetic fibers. Because moths feed almost exclusively on cotton and other natural fibers - at a rate of nearly 12 centimeters in one minute - clothes that are mixed with polyester and acrylic can help keep them away. While they may not always make for fashionable options, they can help stop the moth problem before it starts.
Maintaining Effective Control
To make sure these moth control and prevention tips stay in place, try using a combination of them at once. Remember, it's just as important to stop moth larvae as it is to kill moths directly present. Save your wardrobe and your pantry from the unending appetite of moths by taking the right steps toward their prevention.