anyone found an effective way to get rid of moths?

(32 Posts)
Nancy66 Mon 12-May-14 14:29:56

Bastards are eating my wardrobe alive. Tried moth balls and lavender.

Nancy66 Mon 12-May-14 14:30:37

Sorry - meant for 'chat' folder. ignore. will repost there

struggling100 Mon 12-May-14 14:33:49

The hanging things you can buy from the supermarket worked for me when the little monsters started eating DH's prized woolen nerd jumpers. You need quite a few, and I think it's worth getting everything out of the wardrobe and having a good old-fashioned clean and organize before you put them out, so that there's no residual dust in there. Once you've done it all and collapsed in an exhausted heap with a well-deserved cuppa make sure you keep the doors closed so they can't get back in.

Also, I have heard cedar things work, and smell lovely. Lakeland do a 'moth stop' spray which I bet is good.

ICanSeeTheSun Mon 12-May-14 14:37:29

Extreme way, but will work.

Sort out your wardrobe, chuck (not recycle) everything you no longer wear, then wash everything you can on a high heat ( if you can't freeze them for a few day) then scrub the wardrobe from top to bottom once dry vacuum.

The reason for above is the eggs, kill the eggs then moths can't hatch.

Nancy66 Mon 12-May-14 14:38:24

Thanks. Lakeland is a good call.
I had huge clear out a while ago, hoovered inside, chucked loads out but just saw two moths in there this morning.

SylvaniansKeepGettingHoovered Mon 12-May-14 14:44:49

Ooh i have noticed lots of moths in my house these last couple of weeks.

Shit, must be egg hatching time. I've never had a problem with moths before, in fact I've rarely seen one in my house, so I don't know why the sudden increase this year.

I'm dealing with moths too. If they're in your wardrobe, take everything out and put it in the sun today, wash whatever is washable, and get those little Rentokil cassettes (ebay?).

They do not like lavender. I used to spray it all around my window frame when it got hot and I slept with the window open.

DidoTheDodo Mon 12-May-14 15:00:50

No idea really but just wanted to join in to say I have had to have my new carpets in no more than 50% wool as the little horrors will eat anything that is more woolly. Apparently a common problem where I live.

And I had to sew up a couple of small holes in my cashmere cardy this morning...it's WAR!

oldgrandmama Mon 12-May-14 15:35:47

The winged gits are muching their way through my stuff. I had a beautiful, vintage evening dress, last worn at a charity ball at Leeds Castle, 1987, but still gorgeous, that I was saving for my granddaughters ... found the moths had turned the hem into a sort of lacy fringe.

I use those sticky hanging things (expensive, but they work). Also got supposedly moth proof polythene covers, but the buggers still get in. Am currently training my cat to bring moths down (she's bloody good at it) but she can't keep up with the plague.

They've eaten much of my ancient, beloved duffel coat and I'm now terrified they're going to start on my mink blush ... in my defence, it was bought in 1989, before it was awful and horrible to wear fur ... oh dear, it is a gorgeous coat but I'd never dare wear it now. Am thinking of cutting it up for 'cat blankets' for all my Crazy Cat Lady friends ... that is, if the moths don't do for it first.

Nancy66 Mon 12-May-14 15:51:50

I've just bought some spray from Lakeland and am going to blast the cashmere munching fuckers....

SharkBearGator Mon 12-May-14 15:56:36

Make sure you spray along any edging/skirting boards as they can hide in the gaps. And if you have any carpet in your wardrobes, think about removing it.

oldgrandmama Mon 12-May-14 16:00:19

I've got moth spray too, Nancy66. I regularly spray it in cupboards, but I swear the moths just laugh and hold two atennae at me in a rude way as they flutter past. grin

ICanSeeTheSun Mon 12-May-14 16:00:43

Store woollen items in plastic boxes or those space saving bags.

jay55 Mon 12-May-14 16:00:43

I'm keeping good woollens in ziplock bags. I've got yellow hanging things from Robert dyas, they're ugly but doing a better job than pretty cedar stuff.

Nancy66 Mon 12-May-14 16:03:47

maybe there's a new breed of supermoth that survive anything. lavender did nothing for mine and neither did those sachet things

minipie Mon 12-May-14 16:08:46

marking place

I have tried washing, hoovering, freezing, hanging cassetes, chemical paper, little balls, spray... I have still got moths sad

I am sure there is a nest of the little buggers somewhere and I haven't found it. Run out of places to check though confused

cozietoesie Mon 12-May-14 16:08:53

Pheromone traps - they really work. They (and some heavy hoovering of the undersides of woollen rugs/cracks between floor boards under rugs) have cured the problem in my own house in two years.

(They operate by attracting male moths to sticky pads. The male moths smell what they think is the biggest, most luscious female moth in history - and zapped.)

oldgrandmama Mon 12-May-14 16:14:04

I have a big, silk, oriental rug bought in my Hong Kong days and imported here at huge expense many years ago. It's survived: parties involving drunken mates, mykids and my kids' student friends, and when kids grown up and got spliced, my kids' kids' potty training accidents, and grandkids' efforts at eating nicely. It's survived their playing with scraping along toys, Plasticene, Playdoh, felt tips, ground in Lego. Been some parties involving lovely drunken neighbours, and the time I tripped over, fell on a (wine) glass and bled copiously ... carpet took it all in its stride and cleaned up beautifully ... but the sodding moths have chomped HUGE holes in several parts of it.

DidoTheDodo Mon 12-May-14 16:17:11

oldgrandmama Since you got mothed at Leeds Castel and I live near there, it is probably the same little buggers. They'd be quite big fat buggers by now!

cozietoesie Mon 12-May-14 16:17:58

Hoover the underside. (Sorry if it's too late for it.) Particularly, also, go for any cracks in floors. First an old knife/implement to loosen any gunk and then hoover with the crevice tool. Then set your traps and relax.

(Any furniture in any contaminated area as well - up end it and hoover the underside before putting back.)

It's a war out there.

DidoTheDodo Mon 12-May-14 16:18:35

Castle CASTLE...grrrrr

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 12-May-14 16:19:36

Old fashioned moth balls, we bought them from Amazon last year.

TeaRex Mon 12-May-14 16:52:13

Moths are the work of the devil but it's not actually them that cause the damage, it's the larvae once they hatch <shudder> agree with all above, chuck out what you can, freeze or hot wash all you want to save buy the traps to stop the adult moths mating and producing the eggs/larvae and if all that fails you might have to consider getting the professionals in as they really are a plague

oldgrandmama Mon 12-May-14 16:56:53

Oh yes, good old fashioned moth balls are the best ... but apparently now OUTLAWED by our EU rulers ... (UKIP, take note, something else to bang on about ...!) You can still get them, under the counter, from obliging pound shops. I've run out of my stash, alas.

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