It’s safe to say, there’s nothing more annoying than finding several moth holes in your favourite sweater or blouse. While mothballs have been used to kill moths for a long time now and can be an effective deterrent, the smell they produce can be pretty unpleasant.
Thankfully, there are some easy methods to prevent moths from damaging your clothes without needing to reach for a mothball. Read on to find out how you can prevent an outbreak and keep your clothes in top condition:
Lavender is one of those things that smells beautiful to humans, but is repulsive to moths. To keep them away, fill small sachets with dried lavender and place them in areas where you think months could thrive.
Typical areas include cupboards, closets, drawers and even in boxes of unused bedding and clothing. Another great tip is to dip cotton balls in lavender oil and place them in the areas.
While it’s easy to shove your winter clothes in a box and forget about them for a year, you could unknowingly be creating a hotspot for moths to breed in. While it can be annoying, try keeping areas around these boxes as clean as possible and vacuum regularly. This will ensure that any eggs or larvae that are present, but invisible to the naked eye, are removed.
It’s also a good idea to make sure that any clothes you are putting into storage are cleaned before doing so. While you may think it’s pointless because you won’t be wearing it for a while, moths may be attracted to scents and tiny particles of food left on your clothes.
If you thought the only way to prevent moths from eating your clothes was smelly moth balls, think again. Cloves, rosemary and thyme, which can typically be found in any supermarket are another great natural way to stop moths from setting up house in your closet.
Placing some of the herbs in the affected areas won’t kill the moths or eggs as such, but it will deter them. It’s best to update the herbs every couple of months, as their repellent wears off when they lose their smell.
It sounds silly, but the type of wood you use in your home can also impact the likelihood of a moth outbreak. Opting for cedar is a great idea for a number of reasons. Firstly, the wood contains oils that have the potential to kill moth larvae. While the scent fades over time, coating wood with cedar oil acts as a repellent to older moths and even other critters such as beetles.
While mint can leave our breath feeling minty fresh, it also acts as another deterrent to moths. Similar to lavender, the most effective way to keep the moths at bay is to place some mint leaves in a sachet or by placing a few loose leaves in your closet, boxes or cupboards. If you find that it’s hard to get your hand on mint leaves, mint oil also has a similar result. The best part is it also keeps mice away from your home.