How to get rid of moths in the house: natural and chemical methods

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Moths are tiny insects that look like butterflies and can cause significant damage to your home. They feed on natural fabric fibers such as wool, silk, cotton, and fur.

These pests can cause irreparable damage to your clothes, bedding, and other textiles. Better Homes and Gardens has the lowdown on how to get rid of moths.

Moths that feed on fabric fibers are golden or yellowish-gray in color. If you notice insects or their larvae in your closet or see holes in your clothes, you need to take immediate action.

Natural methods to get rid of moths

Hot water

Wash clothes that can be washed in hot water at a temperature of at least 60 degrees. If such washing ruins the clothes, it is better to take them to a dry cleaner.


Put the moth-infested clothes in airtight plastic bags to protect them from moisture and put them in the freezer for a week. This will help kill the eggs and larvae of the insect. After you defrost the clothes, air them out in the fresh air.


Direct sunlight repels and harms both the insects themselves and their larvae and eggs. So if you are worried about moths, hang all your clothes outside on a sunny day.


Moths are quite sensitive to heat, so temperatures above 50 degrees can kill them.

You can use a garment steamer to treat fabrics for pests and their larvae. Pay special attention to pockets, cuffs, and other places where moths could lay eggs.

Essential oils

Cedarwood, lavender, and eucalyptus oils are natural moth repellents. Apply them to cotton pads and place them in cabinets and drawers.

Herbal sachets

Fill tea bags with dried herbs and spices such as lavender, thyme, cinnamon, or cloves and place them in cupboards. Their scent will repel moths.

Chemical methods to get rid of moths

Moth traps

You can buy sticky pheromone strips from the store that will attract adult male moths. This will interrupt the breeding cycle and reduce the overall pest population.

Insecticide sprays

Purchase an insecticidal spray against moths and apply it to the affected areas, following the instructions and safety precautions.

If you are unable to deal with the pests on your own, then contact a professional.

How to prevent the appearance of moths

To reduce the likelihood of moths in your home, you should keep it clean and tidy. Clean regularly and pay special attention to cabinets, storage areas, and upholstered furniture.

Wipe surfaces with soapy water, ventilate rooms daily, and don't forget to vacuum cracks and crevices.

Also, after buying any clothes, especially used ones, you should wash them before wearing or storing them in your wardrobe.

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