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Moths! Help before they eat my home......

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janmoomoo Tue 21-Jul-09 17:22:38

I seem to have quite a few little moths around the curtains in the front room. There is always between 3 and 6. They are less than a centimeter long, so only small ones. Now I have noticed them upstairs. How do I get rid of them?

whomovedmychocolate Tue 21-Jul-09 17:24:01

You either need cedarwood, lavender, or something chemical. Suggest you have a look at Lakelands range of sachets to hang in wardrobes and you can get cedar rings to go on the curtain rings which make the moths feel sick and they bugger off.

Fear not though, not all moths eat cloth - apparently.

janmoomoo Tue 21-Jul-09 17:31:12

Response on MN is soooo speedy, I love it!

Dont seem to have holes in curtains yet so might not be the munching type.

Is what you are describing the modern verison of moth balls??! Will check it out.

PestoSchoolsOutMonster Tue 21-Jul-09 17:33:48

My Mum recommends putting an envelope filled with cloves in the wardrobe (or wherever) to deter the buggers them.

orangina Tue 21-Jul-09 17:34:57

Ours are a nightmare and I'm sure are munching the carpet. Have had Rentokil in once already a few years ago and yet THEY ARE BACK. The little buggers.

We bought these funny strip things which apparently give off moth pheremones and lure them to a sticky death. We have caught HUNDREDS (I'm not kidding) of the little buggers like this and while there are still a few fluttering around, there are not nearly as many.

Lavender oil sprinkled liberally around is supposed to help (apparently it puts them off laying eggs... which I think are the munchers, not the moths themselves.....)

Good luck, if you come up with any fabulous solutions, be sure to let me know (please!) grin

orangina Tue 21-Jul-09 17:35:40

I'm going to buy cloves TODAY pestomonster....

EffieGadsby Tue 21-Jul-09 17:40:31

I have the same problem! Am formulating a battle plan... This article in the Telegraph a while back has some useful expert opinions. I loathe the little fluttery buggers.

janmoomoo Tue 21-Jul-09 17:45:13

Thanks. Where d'ya get the moth pheremone strips?

orangina Tue 21-Jul-09 17:48:09

I got them from somewhere like RObert Dyas. Maybe you can get them online? WIll have a hunt....

orangina Tue 21-Jul-09 17:53:30


janmoomoo Tue 21-Jul-09 17:54:31

Ta. Robert Dyas near work, will have a look.

orangina Tue 21-Jul-09 17:54:31

and here

CarGirl Tue 21-Jul-09 17:56:21

my friend gave up and had to pay for a specialist to come and demoth her house. She is replacing her eaten away carpets with synthetic ones!

She was told infestations are on the increase as one of the chemicals that killed them successfully is not available to buy over the counter anymmore.

MovingOutOfBlighty Tue 21-Jul-09 17:58:46

Nothing has worked in our house, have had them for past 3 years. The bastards hide under beds, behind sofas etc.

I am now an expert on moth hunting. But can't afford to get steam cleaner in all over house, but sense this may the only way to see the buggers off.

Just hoover everywhere. Like mad.

janmoomoo Tue 21-Jul-09 20:24:33

Thanks all. So my house will be hoovered spotless and smell of cloves and lavender! Not so bad!

orangina Wed 22-Jul-09 10:27:54

And it will be decorated with attractive little sticky strips fully of dead moths (very damien hirst...). Perhaps you can make features of them, display on plinths etc.... wink

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