Save your clothes! Moth Prevention

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Dealing with moths is a potentially very annoying. The problematic bugger fall in two different categories mainly depending on the trouble they cause. One feed on clothes, the other love living in your pantry and eating your food.

As a pest control provider, we are aware how troublesome dealing with both types of moth infestation is. Experience tells us that prevention is the best way to fight moth infestations in your home. Sometimes however it’s too late for prevention.

Usually, when you start seeing signs of an infestation it’s already too late. You’ll have to put time and money into fixing the problem. As it is common for old houses and buildings to have a moth problem, it’s always good to know how to deal with it (as much as you can) and try to save the day (and your food or clothes).


Magnet attracting shield bugs What Attracts Moths Inside Your Home

Believe it or not, moths can be attracted just by the way you decorate your home. The flying insects are attracted to fancy silk curtains or any furry materials in your home.

Any cloth material that moths feed on can be a cause for your moth infestation or be a trouble waiting to happen.

Of course, there are many things that attract moths inside your home. As of the types of moths who feed on fabrics, cloth such as wool, fur, webbing, silk, hair, felt and even feathers are included in the menu.
Those materials can be considered luxurious, so a moth infestation can cause damage that may end up costing thousands of dollars to fix or replace.

Moths love living in dark places, and tend to avoid well-lit areas of the house. Because of this, you can usually spot a moth infestation at night, or in rooms where light is little to none.


 Where do Moths Live & Breed

Moths can be found in different areas of the house. Some may be living in your kitchens’ pantry and feeding on your food, while others can be thriving on the bottom of your wardrobe feasting on a forgotten knitwear.

Because of this, sometimes it can be hard to find where the moths are living and breeding. It takes a lot of searching until you finally find the correct place.

In our experience treating such infestations, moths usually find a breeding ground in dark, humid places, which are rarely used. The food source is very important as young moths need food in order to grow and survive.

Because of this, we suggest that you thoroughly clean your kitchen cabinets twice a year. When doing so make sure to remove any old or spoiled foods, because they can be the cause of the problem.

Going through old clothes and decluttering your wardrobe will ensure that you don’t have moth breeding ground in places you rarely open.


Pest icon How to Identify a Moth Infestation

Just like any infestation, there are many signs indicating that you may be having a moth infestation going on in your home.

The first sign that you may notice, is moth larvae. They are very small in size, and resemble maggots. These are moths caterpillars, and are usually the first sign of a moth infestation. Most times people find the moth larvae by mistake when they are searching in their wardrobe.

Other signs of a moth infestation is the presence of silken tubes. The moth larvae live in them. It’s important to know, because adult moths don’t feed on fabric. The moth larvae eats the fabric in order to grow.

Adult moths are also a way to give off that you have a moth infestation in your home. You will find them on the ground, because adult moths don’t fly.

If you find any of the above signs, or see some of your favourite knitwear with holes from moth larvae we suggest that you go through your clothing and try to find if there are any of the above-mentioned signs.


 Best Ways to Get Rid of Moths

The good news are that you can fight moths on your own, as long as the infestation isn’t severe. One of the proven methods you may know from your grandma.

Using lavender filled sachets and hanging them in your wardrobe, will most likely deter moths best. And it smells awesome. We suggest that you use the real plant, instead of buying lavender scented pods from the store.

Another good way to repel moths is by using mint, thyme or a cedar-made wardrobe which also deters moths.

If you already have moths both in your wardrobe and pantry, then you can try fighting them with moth traps. They do a fairly good job capturing the majority of the buggers.

In order to successfully use moth traps, you’ll have to place them in the infested place (e.g. the wardrobe, or inside the pantry).

If you have a more severe infestation going on in your home, then you may have to seek the help of a professional to do the job. As most widely sold insecticides aren’t strong enough to deal with the infestation.

A professional pest controller, will come and correctly identify the type of moth, and take the proper steps to exterminate the pest. They will also come for a second time to inspect the infested places, and determine if more procedures will be needed.


 How to Moth Proof Your Home

As we always say here at Fantastic Pest Control Melbourne, prevention is the best method to fight the infestation. Because of this, you have to take certain steps when storing your  clothes.

We suggest that you wash all the clothes that you are going to store for the season. The washing machine will kill the moth larvae, which will protect your clothes. If you are going to store fur coats, you should take them outside and give them a good brush. Brushing the fur will remove any eggs, if present.

After you prepare the clothes, proper storage space must be in place. Fantastic Pest controllers suggest the usage of plastic containers, which can be closed, and isolated from the outside. This is the best way to prevent any moths entering after storing.

It’s also good practice to place a lavender satchel in every container, just in case. A big plus is that after taking the clothes out, you will have nice smelling clothes.


Dealing with moths is never an easy task. Sometimes, you may not notice that there is a problem at all.

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