If you happen to have a moth problem inside of your house, the good news is that when it comes to your health, there is not an immediate cause for alarm. Aside from them being a nuisance, the truth of the matter is that moths are really more of a threat to your clothing and furniture.
Luckily, there are some things that you can do to eliminate both the moths and their eggs. If you’re interested in knowing what those things are, here is a list of ways to get rid of and prevent moths from being a part of your home:
Change out your vacuum bags. One place where moths and their eggs like to hang out is inside of your vacuum bags. So the moment that you detect that you have moths in your house, the first thing that you need to do is throw out all of the vacuum bags that you have (including the one that’s already attached to your vacuum cleaner) and purchase some new ones.
Wash affected fabrics. Wherever you saw one or more moths flying around, you can pretty much assume that they have touched the fabrics in that space; that’s why you need to wash them.However, do make sure that you run everything through the hot cycle of your dryer. And if there are certain things that cannot go into the dryer, try and fit them into your freezer and leave them there for a couple of days. Extreme heat and extreme cold are the best way to get rid of moth eggs.
Wash affected areas too. Something else that’s extremely important to do is to wash down all of the areas where moths may have been, including cupboards, drawers, and wardrobes. Warm soap and water should be fine. Just make sure that after you’re done that you spray a bit of white vinegar and cinnamon in those spaces. Both are deterrents when it comes to moths and their eggs.
Seal your windows and doors. There’s a pretty good chance that moths came into your house through a small hole or crack, usually along your windowsills or doors. That’s why you also should make a point to seal both spaces. You can do this by either applying some caulking to the holes and cracks that you see or by adding some weather-stripping. You can learn more about weather-stripping by going to DIY Network and putting “weather-stripping” in the search field.
Try some natural remedies. One more tip: Although you could purchase a commercial cleaning brand like Indian Meal Moth Products and Control Spray in order to eliminate moths, there are some natural remedies that you can try too. Cedar, cloves, lavender, thyme, and rosemary are all scents that moths can’t stand, but you will enjoy. So make sure to pick up some of these essential oils, make some sachets of out of them, and place them in your wardrobe or cupboards. For tips on how to make scented sachets, visit One Good Thing by Jillee and put “make your own simple sachets” in the search field.