Moths are not joke when they infest your home, as they can get into and eat your food and clothing, and leave behind their cocoons in every corner of your home. When your home becomes infested with moths, there are many different natural remedies you can use to get rid of them in addition to hiring a professional pest control service. Here are some natural remedies you can try on your own before you decide to hire a professional pest control service. 

Make Moth Traps

You don't need to fill your home with stinky moth balls to get rid of your moth infestation. Instead, make and place natural moth traps in areas of your home where moths are found most frequently. This can include places such as your kitchen pantry and linen closets.

Mix up a combination of one cup molasses with two cups vinegar and pour it onto a plastic plate and set it in an area frequented by moths. Use brightly-colored plates if you have them when making moth traps, as bright colors attract moths. The scent of the vinegar will attract moths, and they will get stuck in the molasses. Let the trap sit for several hours or overnight, then in the morning toss the plate and any moths stuck in it into your outside trash. 

Use a Natural Repellent

You can also use natural oils and fragrant herbs and spices as a repellent to moths in your home. Combine a mixture of dried cloves, thyme, rosemary, mint, and cinnamon sticks and make up fragrant sachets to place in your clothes closet, dresser drawers, or linen closet to keep moths from making it their home. Fill up an infant sock and tie the end to make a sachet, or place some of these herbs and spices in a handkerchief or scrap of fabric and gather the ends together and secure with a twist-tie.

It can also be helpful to make up a moth repellent solution with essential oils you may already have in your home. Add several drops of essential oils to a small spray bottle of water and mist it over areas of your home to leave the repellent scent behind. You can use lavender oil, Indian lilac oil, clove oil, and mint oil, or combine them all together. Use this spray as a cleaner while you wipe up in areas where moths have been infesting. This can help prevent the moths from coming back and to get rid of any eggs that remain behind.

Vacuum and Freeze-Clean in Your Home

To get rid of moths and their eggs in your clothing and bedding, you can freeze them for several days to kill any moths and their larvae. This can be especially helpful for wool and silk fabrics you may not want to or cannot wash and dry in a clothes washer and dryer on heat settings.

Use your vacuum regularly on carpets and upholstered furniture to pull up any larvae, eggs, or moths that may linger. After you vacuum, place your vacuum outside until you need it again, and replace the bag often. If you are using a bagless vacuum, empty the canister and place it in the freezer for a couple days to kill any sneaky moth larvae or eggs.

Use these tips to help you get rid of a moth infestation. If you need professional assistance with your handling your moth infestation, contact a company like Becon Pest Control.

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