Moths are extremely annoying and unwelcome residents in many households. It doesn't matter whether it's food moths or clothes moths: once the insects have moved in, you usually have a lot of work ahead of you. Read here what you can do to prevent moth infestation in your home and how to combat moths in the long term.
Have you ever noticed small holes in your clothes when cleaning out or rearranging your closet? This is a definite and clear sign of clothes moths. The clothes moth loves wool, feathers and hair and therefore feels right at home in our clothes, carpets and upholstered furniture.
But how do vermin get into the apartment? A moth infestation has nothing to do with poor hygiene. The clothes moths prefer to come into the apartment with the window open and lay their eggs in dark, dry and warm places without us noticing. But watch out! They can also be brought into the home through purchased clothing or old carpets.
Dry food moths such as baked goods, nuts, pasta, rice and spices are usually stored together in a pantry. Food moths find the perfect shelter here. The pests are six to nine millimeters long and reddish-brown in color. If a moth comes your way when you open the container or the packaging has small holes, the infested food should be disposed of and the cupboards wiped out.
First steps to fight moths
There are countless chemical agents (moth spray, mothballs or moth paper) that are harmful to health and the environment. However, it is much better if you use effective alternative methods. Below are some tips on how to get rid of moths properly.
- Find the origin: You should search your closet or stock and locate where the moths are coming from. Doors and windows should remain closed here.
- Dispose of affected items: Seal affected supplies or damaged clothing airtight and dispose of properly. Clothing that was close to the infested clothing should be washed at at least 60 degrees and dried well. Delicate items of laundry can optionally be frozen at minus 20 degrees. Moths can't stand extreme heat or extreme cold. In this way you can be sure that the moths on the infested pieces are combated.
- Careful cleaning: All cracks in the kitchen or wardrobe should be cleaned thoroughly and regularly. Cupboards can be wiped down with vinegar water, but must then be dried very well. Drying with a hair dryer is suitable for this.
- EcoHome Spray: A natural and biological moth control is the use of EcoHome in the house. The spray works unnoticed in the house and reliably drives away the moths. The spray prevents the animals from laying eggs and combats moth infestation in the long term. However, this method must be used regularly to be successful. We recommend spraying the affected area daily.
How to prevent moths
- Regular use of EcoHome.
- Ventilate well and regularly wipe out the cupboards and keep them clean.
- Avoid crumbs and dirt.
- Especially with clothes moths, it is important to only sort washed laundry into the cupboards. Moths are attracted to the smell of sweat.
- Moths do not like intense smells such as the scent of lavender, cloves, cedar wood or vinegar and serve as a good alternative for prevention. Therefore, for example, lavender bags or fragrance sticks in the cupboard are suitable as moth traps.
- Store unused clothing in airtight bags.
- In order to keep the food moth away, supplies should be stored in a dry and cool place. Make sure that the food is not stored warm and damp. In addition, special containers with a good seal are recommended for certain foods such as grains, flour and spices.