Here is a photo - don't get grossed out. I cleaned it afterward by soaking with vinegar, water, and a drop of dish soap. Try it with inexpensive colored glassware from thrift stores or church rummage sales.
By ohiogirl from OH1
I'm going to put a dresser up in the attic to store clothes and I'm just wondering if anyone has ideas/tips on how to keep the moths away without using moth balls because I heard they do damage to clothing plus the smell is so overpowering and hard to get out of the clothing. Thanks for any advice you might have.
Jenny from Wisconsin
Lavender has been used for centuries for all kinds of things including moth repelling. You can buy dried lavender by the pound and put an ounce or two into small bags or tie up in handkerchiefs. Place a couple in each drawer of the dresser or in any closet to keep linens beautifully fresh, and free of moths. Enjoy. You will probably become a lavender lover. It smells so good!
I can't get rid of moths in my closet. I have tried cedar planks, lavender, but nothing seems to work. What else can I try? I am desperate, the moths are eating my clothes.
By Betty from Simi Valley, CA
Before replacing clothing, you may need to place them in the clothes dryer on the hottest temperature they can tolerate or brush the clothing down with clothes brush both inside and out. Heat from a couple of cycles in the dryer, especially for sturdier items, usually kills insects. Clean empty closet as meticulously as possible.
We had moved out of town for a few years and had our house rented out to various renters. Now we are back and the carpets, etc all have moths (the clothes moths not the flying kind). I know moths don't like cedar, tomato leaves, etc., and that may work for places like the closets, but what about the carpets? We can't afford new carpets at this time. We've steamed cleaned them, etc., but have run out of ideas. Does anyone have any solutions that may help?
When I moved into my house it was full of moths. After about 6 months of using crushed bay leaves on the carpet they were gone.
I have pantry and clothing moths. Please tell me how to inexpensively get rid of and prevent these critters that are eating us out of house and home! I prefer totally organic, if possible.
Cedar chips in closets and cupboards will get rid of clothing worms and moths. They don't like the smell.
My house is full of moths! Does anyone know how to get rid of them?
By Cassandra from Imperial, TX
Yes get rid of anything in boxes like pancake mix, cake mixes, flour, bran cereals, any powdered foods, etc. and wash your cabinets down inside and out with bleach water. Kill any worms or webby like things. Get rid of all cleaning cloths and trash. This worked for me. One cycle of moths can produce up to 400 eggs! You can bring them home from the grocery store also.
Hope this will work for you!
B from Delaware
How do I get rid of household moths?
By Kbeco B
There are products on the market called Pantry Moth Traps. I've used them with success. They are $5-10. for a pack of 2. They have a pellet that has moth attractant on it that lasts several months, which you put on to a sticky trap that comes with it and holds and traps them. I used both traps at the same time in different rooms. The little triangle traps don't look too bad, they are 3 sided with the sticky inside. They are about 6 X 6 inches. I didn't measure them.
They can be bought at some garden stores, milling stores, big box stores and on line. Good luck.
How do I get rid of moths in my front storm door?
By Tracy from Wellington, CO
I came back from the Middle East with some beautiful tribal rugs. I also brought back moths in one of them. I read that putting wool items in the freezer was the only way to kill moths in wool rugs, so I wrapped them in plastic bags and left them out all last winter. It didn't work. Can someone help me?
By Linda B.
Powder the rugs heavily and evenly with boric acid powder front and back (follow package directions carefully) then put them back into the plastic bags-seal tightly and leave for at least two weeks.
Vacuum up the boric acid and you should see a moth-less rug. You may need to repeat the treatment a couple of times to be sure you got all of the moths but the boric acid powder should work.
You can find the powder at any grocery, big-box (like WalMart and Target) or at a feed 'n seed store. Works on fleas, ants, spiders, and roaches too, great stuff! But be sure to follow the directions exactly for safest and best results.
Put whole cloves in pockets of woolen coats or in bags with sweaters when storing for the off-season. They prevent moth damage and leave a spicy aroma. Also place them in dresser drawers with socks and everyday work clothes.
I need a cheap way to kill moths, anything that eats holes in my clothes while in the wardrobe or chest of drawers.
Brian from Australia
I was wondering how to get rid of moths in my closet. They are eating holes in my t-shirts. Do I have to wash all the clothing first and then treat them? Please help me, I need to know. I'm tired of holes in my shirts, and it's cotton shirts at that.
NOTE: You will have to refresh your sachets several times a year with new cedar shavings, so keep this in mind if you are making your own sachets so you can make them with a tie for refilling. (07/12/2005)
Cedar products are sold at hardware stores, the larger stores with more variety of product. I have purchased cedar planks and cedar spray to re-'cedar' and have had success. I also have taken the 'loaded', ooough, items and put them in the drier. Good luck. (11/09/2008)
My winter woolen clothing is cleaned and in plastic boxes with protective sachets and I've looked through all the sneaky places I found them a few years back, in tea towels in the kitchen, books, the back of picture frames on the walls, the felt on the bottom of furniture, everywhere. My apartment is in an old building though and the floorboards are full of cracks so it's possible that I'll never be able to really properly clean out the place.
So my question now is, is there an alternative to fumigation? For example, does anyone have any thoughts or experience with using incense to "smoke" them out? I mean, incense in great quantities, like twenty sticks per room. I realize they are tough to get rid of, but if I find it difficult to breath when one incense stick is burning, maybe a concentration of smoke will destabilize and ultimately kill any lurking eggs? Any thoughts or tips on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much in advance.
By Anna from Chicago, IL
I got some cheap cedar rings from a dollar store or you could ask your local lumber yard for some shavings. Perhaps even pick up some cones yourself.
Lavender is everywhere right now so beg and borrow, make small bunches, dry them and put them in your clothes boxes and wardrobes. Or make lavender sachets with the dried flowers and put them in between the clothes. Lavender bags are also brilliant tucked into your pillow case if you have trouble getting off to sleep! Which you might be doing if these pesky moths are worrying you. (07/06/2010)
I open the cupboard and they are everywhere! There must be at least 30-50 in there at any given time! I tried clearing everything out of there and spraying it down with a mixture of bleach and water however I saw about 8-10 hanging out in there just a few hours later. I have now dumped a large quantity of mothballs in there and then taped the whole thing up around the edges in hopes of killing them. We will see how this works. They are mostly in this cupboard, but then come out and hang out along the walls and ceiling of the little alcove in which this cupboard sits and I saw about 8 of them about 5 hours after doing the mothballs and tape up. They are driving me up the wall!!! If anyone knows what type of moths look exactly like pantry moths yet do not infest foodstuff or linen and how to kill them please please please let me know! (09/14/2010)