Moths aren’t just harmless bugs that fly around your porch light at night. They can be a major nuisance, depending on what type you have around your house. Clothing moths, in particular, can be very destructive. They can get into your closets and chew holes through some of your favorite and most expensive clothing.
The best strategy for dealing with any pest is to hire a reputable pest control company in Gilbert to apply effective solutions. However, you may have some success with managing a low-level moth presence with some of these DIY solutions:
Red cedar has natural oils that keep clothing moths away. In particular, the oils in red cedar are destructive to moth larvae. Putting out red cedar chips in your closet can deter moths from taking up residence there, and it can kill any larvae that the moths do lay.
However, the reach of red cedar is limited. You will have to spread a lot of it if you have a large closet or a particularly bad moth problem.
Mothballs and moth crystals contain pesticides and gasses that kill and deter moths. These work best in closed spaces, so you shouldn’t just lay them on closet shelves. Instead, you should put them inside garment bags or inside closet drawers.
Know that mothballs and moth crystals have a very strong odor, and it can be hard to get that odor out of your clothes.
Lavender is another natural deterrent. It will not kill any existing moths or larvae, but it will make the area less hospitable to moths, helping to deter them from making a home in your closet. You can hang sachets of lavender from your closet rods or on the walls in your closet, or you can tuck sachets into your closet drawers.
Make sure your closet is pest-free before putting in the lavender. Otherwise, you may have a false sense of confidence when you’ve just added lavender to an already pest-infested closet.
One of the best natural remedies for keeping moths out of your closet is to clean it and your clothes regularly. Dust and vacuum the closet to get rid of any eggs that may be there and to remove sources of food. Dusting won’t remove the eggs, so be sure to vacuum in addition to dusting.
Washing and dry cleaning your clothes can also remove any moth eggs that are present, as well as to get rid of dust, dander, and fiber particles that the moths will eat. Seal any clothes that you need to store long-term in plastic bags and bins. Remember that moths can slip into tight spots, so get bags and bins that close without any gaps.
At-home pest control solutions aren’t true solutions. They may make your closet a little less hospitable to moths, but they aren’t going to prevent an infestation, and they certainly are not going to eliminate one. The best way to deal with an active pest infestation or to prevent one from occurring is to invest in professional pest control. The professionals have the right solutions to get results quickly.
Trying at-home solutions will just result in you wasting a lot of money and time. You’ll also end up with a lot of ruined clothes – perhaps some of your favorite pieces or perhaps sentimental pieces, like your children’s baby clothes or your mom’s wedding dress. Those are things you can’t get back. The best way to ensure that it doesn’t happen is to hire an expert pest control technician to put the right solutions in place. Then you’ll know your clothes are safe and you can rest easy.
Varsity Termite and Pest Control is an affordable pest control company offering solutions for a variety of pests that are plaguing your home. We can treat for moths, as well as other pests common to the Phoenix area, such as scorpions, termites, ants, roaches, crickets, pigeons, and rats. We can eradicate any pests that are currently in your space, and we can apply treatments to prevent the future infestation of any pests. Call Varsity Termite and Pest Control in Phoenix to schedule a consultation and inspection by an experienced pest control technician.