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When it comes to getting rid of moths organically (i.e., without toxins), there are a number of products that homeowners can use easily, safely, and most of all, effectively. Organic moth control products can involve purchasing non-toxic products or using what you already have at home.
See below for some of the most common products used in organic moth control:
Glue Boards and Pheromone Traps
Glue boards have commonly been used for ant and cricket control, but they can also work against moths. These looks like open-ended pyramids that contain sexual attractants, namely red squares which moths are drawn to. They can be hung near a light source to attract the moths and capture them.
Some glue boards also contain pheromone traps, which have become an increasingly common form of organic moth control. Once the pheromones lure them in, they become stuck to the glue board and are unable to move.
Glue boards with and without pheromone lures can be found at hardware or garden stores. You’ll want to purchase a small bulk, as they can quickly become filled with dead moths.
Placing sachets of dried lavender on shelves and closets has been found to repel moths from eating through clothes and pantry foods. Although it’s unclear why lavender repels moths, it’s most likely the aromatic scent that keeps them away. Like basil, cloves, and eucalyptus, the intense aroma of lavender may simply be too much for moths to handle, causing them to move on.
Don’t like the smell of Vicks VapoRub? Neither do moths. Camphor, the main ingredient in VapoRub, has been found to deter moths. Used from the bark of the camphor tree, its distillation turns into turpentine oil, which is then used in VapoRub to relieve pain and reduce itching.
Again, it’s unclear how exactly camphor repels moths, but homeowners who have used it claim success in keeping the pest away from closets and pantries. Like dried lavender, it may very well be the intense aromatics of camphor that acts as the repellent. In any case, it may be worth trying as a low-cost, minimally toxic effort in eliminating moths.
Organic Pest Control: Does it Last?
Like other forms of pest control, organic moth control is only successfully over time with patience and persistence. While there’s no guarantee that using organic products or methods gets rid of moths permanently, it is certainly worth trying, especially if staying away from chemical pesticides is the main goal.
If your home has reached a point of large-scale moth infestations, no amount of organic methods will solve the problem; call a professional exterminator to find a more permanent solution to your moth situation.