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First Diagnose The Problem
Which type of moth do you have? Clothes moths go after your clothes, especially wool products. Pantry moths or grain moths are usually found in your “pantry” or anywhere you store any type of food products (including bird seed).
Treatment Options for Clothes Moths
First pull out all of your clothes from your closets, storage chests, etc. We recommend that you spray down your closet with SLA Moth Spray. This is a water based pyrethrin spray that is non-staining (to almost all surfaces). Pay particular attention to the cracks and crevices. This is where moths will lay a lot of their larvae. After you finish spraying down the closet, close your doors for a couple of hours. Then you can open them up to vent the area.
Next, take a look at your clothes. Normally clothes moths go after wool clothing. In order to kill all of the moths and their larvae you will need to either spray your clothes down with SLA Moth Spray, the water-based pyrethrin spray (test in an inconspicuous area first to make sure it doesn’t stain your clothes), or have them dry cleaned (if wool). (Washable items can be put through your clothes washer.)
At this point you have likely eliminated most of the moths and their larve. The best way to get rid of the rest of your moths is to use Safer’s Clothes Moth Traps. These traps utilize a pheromone (female mating scent) to attract the male moths. Once inside the trap they will get stuck to the sticky inside.
Prevention of Clothes Moths
As mentioned above clothes moths are usually attracted to wool clothing. Therefore it’s your wool clothing items that you must pay particular attention to. If you don’t mind using moth cake products, we recommend Reefer-Galler’s line of moth repellent products. If you don’t want to use a chemical to repel moths then you should check out our non-toxic line of Moth Away products that use a unique herbal formula of peppermint, rosemary, thyme, and cloves. Moth balls and moth cakes may also be used; however, please be sure to use only the recommended amount (More is not always better in this case!). Moth balls and moth cakes are a pesticide that when used too heavily can emit enough fumes to cause someone to get sick.
In addition to the repellents listed above, we recommend that you store your wool clothing inside zip up bags. This helps to prevent moths from being attracted to your wool clothing. One last tip. Moths tend to be attracted to food particles and human oils. Most people don’t wash their wool clothing that often so these items tend to collect a lot of food particles. Also, to prevent human oils from collecting on your wool clothing always wear something between your body and wool sweaters, etc. when possible.
Treating for Pantry Moths/Flour Moths
Treating for Pantry or flour moths is similar to treating for clothes moths with a couple of differences. First pull all of your food items, dishware, etc out of the infested area. Next we recommend using our SLA Moth Spray and spraying down the whole inside of the infested area. SLA Moth Spray is a non-Staining water-based pyrethrin spray. It is non-staining, but SLA recommends testing in an inconspicuous area first to avoid discoloring or staining. Make sure to pay close attention to cracks and crevices, because this is where the moths will lay their larvae. After you finish spraying, close your doors for a couple of hours and then you can air it out.
Next, throw away any food that is infested with pantry or flour moths and wash all dishware, etc. Make sure all of your food products that you put back in the cupboard are sealed well. Finally, to eliminate the last of your moths place Safer’s Pantry Moth Traps up inside/around the infested area. These traps utilize a pheromone (female mating scent) to attract the male moths. Once inside the trap they will get stuck to the sticky inside.