Although moths attacking your light bulb can be annoying, what they do to your fabrics can be rather more destructive.
Moths can be particularly devastating on clothes in storage. If you don’t take these clothes out of the wardrobe and inspect them occasionally, they can run the risk of being eaten up by moths and larvae.
Moths don’t just attack your clothes either, they can eat carpets, curtains, fabric sofas and loads more.
Thankfully there are plenty of ways of keeping moth infestations down to a minimum. Of course, one way is to wash your clothes in storage, curtains and carpets every so often.
But there is a much simpler way. Today, we are going to look at this simpler way and five of the best moth killing products on the market right now.
Each of the moth killers below has their own use so, in theory, you could get them all and crack down on all moth activities in your home. Or, just pick the right one for the job that you need it to do.
Best Moth Killer Products in the UK
Acana Moth Killer & Freshener Sachets
These sachets are great for putting in your drawers or pockets of clothes that won’t be used for a while. They protect your clothes for about three months and won’t stain your clothes during that time. They kill moths, larvae and the eggs so you can rest easy that nothing with be chomping away on your clothes during their time in storage.
The box contains 20 sachets of moth killer and freshener so you can use them to freshen and protect loads of storage places. The lavender scent these sachets give off is a lovely touch that means your clothes won’t smell musty after they’ve been in storage for a while.
- Kills moths, eggs and larvae when used in the correct way
- Good value for money
- Lasts as long as Acana says, if used correctly
- Some find the smell a little too strong
- Can be too small to have an affect in a wardrobe, but these are designed for places like drawers
Zero In Clothes Moth Killer
This moth killer is an aerosol that kills moths on contact. It then protects your clothes from larvae and eggs for up to 12 months. It works extremely well when sprayed into drawers, cupboards and wardrobes. However, you can also use it to protect whole rooms in your house. If for example, you have a walk-in wardrobe, you could spray the whole room with this aerosol, and it will stay protected for a long time.
Zero In is great for clothes and fabrics that are going to go up into the loft for a while. You can spray the clothes before they go up into the loft and leave them in there without worrying about them at all. This moth-killing aerosol is extremely toxic so the instructions must be followed carefully!
- The floral smell is nice
- Does offer the long-term protection that Zero In suggests
- Can irritate your throat and nose
Rug Remedy Carpet Moth Killer
Rug Remedy is a water-based moth killer that works great on carpets. It provides long-lasting protection on your carpets and also oriental rugs. You can also use it on upholstery, carpets and taxidermy. As it is water-based, it is quite safe and states that you can use it even in areas where children and pets are, but always read the label and make up your own mind about that.
A 500 ml bottle covers a large area and starts working instantly; it will keep working for up to six months too. During this six months, it will protect your carpets and any other fabric you use it on from moths, eggs, larvae and carpet beetles. The spray won’t stain your fabrics, and it is really simple and quick to use.
- Plenty in the bottle to cover large areas or respray smaller areas
- Kills moths and seems to stop new moths from moving in
- Kills silverfish, carpet beetles and woodlice as well as moths
- The sprayer isn’t the greatest
- Varying degrees of success on different types of carpets
Acana Carpet and Fabric Moth Killer
This Acana moth killer has a similar formula to the one above, but it comes in a spray bottle. It has the same lavender fragrance and it’s designed to work its magic on carpets, upholstery and curtains. The 500 ml bottle covers an area as wide as 25 square metres, so it is great for large rooms or smaller rooms needing a more thorough coverage.
Just like other Acana products, this moth killer will not stain any of the fabrics that you use it on, but it will keep them protected from moths, larvae and eggs. It takes about 15 minutes for the spray to get to work after application, and it will last for about three months. Although this moth killing spray is designed for use on carpet, it can also be used on clothes too.
- Kills moths quickly and stops them from returning
- Easy to use
- The smell is quite potent
- Sprayer isn’t the best
Acana 2675-1 Hanging Moth Killer and Lavender Freshener
These hanging moth killers from Acana are a wonderful addition to any area that moths can attack. They are designed for the wardrobe but can be used just about anywhere. One of the best uses of this product is to hang one with any clothes going into storage. It will stop any moths in their tracks and get rid of eggs and larvae too.
Each hanging moth killer lasts about six months making them great for winter clothing storage. They also have a handy indicator on them telling you when they have been used up so you can switch them out for a fresh one. The lavender scent is a great addition as you can pull your clothes out of storage and they smell fresh, not musty, but the smell doesn’t linger once the clothes have been aired out.
- Really easy to use
- Smells lovely
- Works very well
- Some find the smell overpowering
- Results do vary if the instructions aren’t followed
How to Stop Moths Eating Your Clothes
Moths have excellent taste in clothes, only they like eating clothes rather than wearing them. Moths can cause hundreds and even thousands of pounds worth of damage to your clothes if you’re not careful, so you need to know how to deal with them.
There are lots of easy and affordable ways to prevent moths from eating your clothes, and you don’t need to go straight to an expensive pest control company.
Dealing with moths requires two steps. First, you want to get rid of any moths in your house by using moth traps and other methods. Second, you should take action to stop moths coming back by using repellents and better storage techniques.
How to know if you have a moth problem
If moths are damaging your clothes, there will be a few clues in your cupboards. Here are some signs to look out for:
- Small holes in jumpers, sweaters and other clothing. You should look in particular at silk, fur and wool clothing.
- Webbing on clothes or in the corners of drawers
- Clothes that look discoloured or have a musty smell
- Small moth eggs on clothes
What do clothes moths look like?
Common clothing moths (tineola bisselliella) are silvery brown in colour. It’s actually the larvae that eat clothes rather than the moths themselves, so even if you can’t see any moths their larvae could still be eating your clothes.
Getting rid of moths
Here are some quick tips for getting rid of moths.
Use moth traps
Pheromone moth traps work by attracting moths to them using pheromones, and then trapping them on a sticky surface (poor moths). Rentokil Clothes Moth Glue Traps are non-toxic and should catch moths quite quickly.
Wash your clothes to remove eggs
Top stop moths coming back, you need to wash out and kill any moth eggs on your clothes.
Wash them at an appropriate temperature, and dry them on a high heat if the care label says you can do this. If the clothing can’t be dried on a high heat, you can try putting the clothing in the freezer for a couple of days to kill eggs.
You should also wash any second-hand clothes you buy from charity shops or Ebay before putting them in the wardrobe, as they are more likely to contain moth eggs.
Clean your wardrobe
While you’re washing your clothes, you can give your wardrobe or cupboard by vacuuming it and then cleaning it with soapy water. This will get rid of any eggs that might still be there.
Once you’ve dealt with the immediate problem of a moth infestation, it’s time to prevent them coming back. Here are some tips for preventing moths from eating your clothes in the future.
Use moth balls
Putting moth balls in your wardrobe is a very effective way to kill moths, though they can contain harmful chemicals such as aphthalene and paradichlorobenzene which aren’t very healthy for humans. They also produce unpleasant smells, making moth balls far from an ideal solution. A better option is to use cedar balls (see below).
Use cedar in your wardrobe
Cedar naturally repels moths, so it’s a good idea to use cedar hangers or other cedar items such as cedar balls in your wardrobe. The Unihom Mixed Cedar Moth Repellent Set shown below is a good solution for repelling moths.
Store clothes better
If you have woollen clothing that you won’t be wearing for a while, you can store it in airtight plastic bags to prevent moths from getting to it. It’s a good idea to do this in the spring so your woolly jumpers will be fresh and hole-free once the autumn comes.
SpaceMax Premium Jumbo Vacuum Storage Space Saver Bags will let you store clothes in a very space-efficient way while keeping them safe from moths.
Moths like humid places, so reducing the humidity level in your home can discourage them. The easiest and quickest way to do this is with an electronic dehumidifier, but if you want something cheaper that doesn’t require electricity, you could try the Unibond Aero 360 Moisture Absorber.
Don’t hang onto clothes you don’t wear
The fewer clothes you have, the easier it is to keep moths at bay. While it might be tough if you’re a natural hoarder, passing on or selling old clothes you don’t wear is a good idea, as it basically means the moths will have less food.
What causes moths in the house?
When you wear wool, feather and fur clothing outside, moths can lay eggs on your clothing, which will then hatch once you’re inside. It’s a good idea to brush these kinds of clothes after wearing them outside to remove moth eggs.
Moths are more likely to be attracted to your clothes if they have spills or bits of food in them, so you should wash clothes before putting them in your wardrobe.
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