If you’ve been seeing moths in and around your home lately, don’t be too worried. It doesn’t mean your home is dirty, and you don’t necessarily need an exterminator. Moths are simply attracted to pantries and closets. They love cereal and other grains, along with silk, wool, and other fabrics. Obviously, you’d rather not share your home with these critters, so here are some ways to get rid of them.
This is a simple solution that could solve your immediate problem — moths in your house. Pheromone moth traps generally work pretty well and are safe to use if you follow the instructions. The traps work by first attracting the moths and then doing them in with a sticky surface they can’t escape. If you’d rather, you can make your own moth traps with fly paper and fish oil (yeah, moths like that smell). Just dab a little oil on the fly paper and watch it go to work.
2. Clean the Closet
No, having moths doesn’t mean your house or even your closet is dirty. It just means you have all kinds of yummy fabrics hanging in there. To get rid of the little stinkers, empty everything out of your closet and clean it with a damp cloth full of soapy water or vinegar and water. Why? This will get rid of the eggs that might be waiting to hatch in there. Pay special attention to cracks, corners, and crevices. After you’ve wiped everything down, vacuum well in the closet and around the closet opening.
3. Clean the Kitchen
First, get rid of all contaminated food you suspect has housed moths (duh, right?). You should assume that any open or non air-tight container has had moths in it. Now, thoroughly clean the cupboard or pantry in the same way you did the closet — with soapy water or vinegar and water. Keeping your kitchen well ventilated can help keep moths away, as can natural repellants like mint or lavender.
4. Freeze Your Stuff
No, really! Freezing will kill off any moth eggs and larvae. So if moths are eating your favorite cardigan, freeze them! Just put them in a plastic bag first. And in fact, you can even store your sweaters in the freezer.