Our customers ask us every day what the best long-term approach is to moth control - to help you we've outlined below the main steps that are needed to prevent moth damage to clothing and carpets, as well as preventing infestations in your food cupboards. Moth control requires a combination of your household routines together with using effective deterrents.
For more urgent needs and if you have experienced damage to clothing and have evidenced the significant problems that moth larvae can cause we suggest you follow the steps on the Clothes Moths page to get rid of moths immediately. Similarly, check our Carpet Moths page as well. For Pantry Moth infestations, see the steps on the Pantry Moths page.
We've helped over 100,000 customers deal effectively with moth prevention and damage by moths - with great pre- and post-sale support so that you're not alone, fast and secure delivery service, clear instruction guides and by ensuring that you have the right products to deal with your moth infestation, fast!
1 - Clean Thoroughly
Keep your home and clothing as clean and as tidy as possible. It is key to maintaining a moth-free life.
Clothes Moth and Carpet Moths are attracted to smells, perspiration, spills and food stains, (they feed on moisture and food traces, no matter how little, along with proteins in natural fibers) and so it is essential to keep your textiles clean if you want to control moths in your home. Ensure you wash delicate clothing regularly and when vacuuming carpets go behind and under furniture.
It is also important not to leave clothes sitting in the closet for long periods of time - the more you unfold, wear and wash items, the less they sit around on a dark shelf getting dusty, awaiting unwelcome guests! If clothes are not likely to be used for a long period, for example, knitwear through the summer months, then shake them and expose to sunlight from time to time.
For carpets, ensure you vacuum thoroughly and regularly under sofas and along edges by skirting boards - moths love undisturbed and darker areas for protection.
For moth control in the kitchen, ensure all cupboards and drawers are regularly cleaned and that packets are sealed, preferably in airtight containers, and are never left open.
2 - Prevention is better than cure
If you are worried about control of moths, have natural wool carpets or a great collection of wool and cashmere clothing you should be thinking about moth barriers.
If you pack away your winter woolens, it is best to keep them in secure bags. Check out our Storage Solutions.
Our range of Clothes Moth Killer Kits contain a proven collection of professional grade products to protect your clothes from moths. All are safe to use in your home and a clear User Guide is included.
For bedrooms and living rooms to protect carpets we strongly recommend that you instal Moth Traps to break the breeding cycle and reduce the impact of new infestations - see below.
3 - Monitor
Make sure you keep an eye on your home and in particular, clothing and carpets, watching out for signs of moth damage.
The best way to monitor these tiny moths to use pheromone traps. They contain female pheromones which adult male moths are attracted to. They then visit the trap and get stuck onto the sticky strips. This breaks the breeding cycle and prevents the female adult moths laying eggs as well as presenting a highly visible evidence of the presence of moths. This way you can see if you have any issues and the extent of the problem - the male moths only tend to fly at night in search for female moths. If you find moths in your trap you may require your further action to eliminate any eggs or larvae that may be present.
4 - Fast action
If you see signs of moth damage or find moths in a moth trap, there are a number of fast-acting moth killing products available that will take effect on eggs, larvae and adult moths, stopping your problem immediately. Keeping an eye on moths is key to preventing any damage to textiles before it happens, as the moth larvae are the culprits for eating clothing and carpets you will need to eliminate any moths before they breed and lay eggs.
See our Moth Killer Range of products to take definite action against moth eggs, moth larvae and adult moths.
We also have an effective specialist range to deal with carpet moths.
5 - Maintain
If you have had moth problems in the past, or if you are keen to prevent any happening in the future, it is best to take maintain moth deterrent products to protect your clothing, carpets and food from moth damage.
Don't become complacent because open windows can invite new moths into your home at any time!
Year round it is best to keep Moth Prevention products in place:
Clothes carpets and other textiles - We recommend the use of our Moth Prevention Trap. It has a very large sticky surface (2-3 times larger than most other traps), and there are a blend of different moth pheromones on the entire surface! Its catch rate is impressive and it is completely natural.
We also offer Replacement Strips of equal specification in a handy twin pack.
Clothes Moth / Carpet Moth traps should have fresh Replacement Sticky Strips put in place every 3 months in order to remain effective.
Cereals, dry pet food, bird feed etc - We recommend our Pantry Moth Traps in the kitchen, larder or any cupboard where you store food.
Pantry Moth traps should have fresh Replacement Sticky Strips put in place every 2 months in order to remain effective.
Follow the above steps on a regular, seasonal basis and you should be on track for a moth free life!