6 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Pantry & Clothes Moths

Pantry moths and clothes months are the most common species that people encounter at home. Here are six remedies you can use to get rid of pantry and clothes moths.

How to Get Rid of Pantry Moths

Pantry moths, also known as the Indian meal moth, are attracted to stored food like cereals, grains, and dried fruits.

1. Throw Away the Infested Food Source
Infested dry food is a common way for pantry moths to make their way into your home. Go through and get rid of all opened food in your kitchen, specifically items like bags of rice, bread, and flour. Moth eggs are hard to identify so you don’t want to leave anything to chance.

Parasitic Wasp Moth Control

2. Introduce Beneficial Insects
Moth control doesn’t happen overnight. Consider releasing parasitic wasps if you are looking for a longer-term solution to your moth problems. These wasps are harmless to humans and will quickly destroy moth eggs by laying their own eggs inside of them.

3. Wipe the Kitchen Cabinets
Your work doesn’t end after throwing away all the contaminated food. The pantry moths may have laid their eggs along the cabinet surface. Make a 50-50 solution of hot water and vinegar, dip an old rag into the solution, then use the rag to wipe every inch of the cabinet.

How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths

There is a good chance your home is infested with clothes moths if tiny holes start to appear in natural-fiber clothes that are stored in your wardrobe.

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4. Set up Pheromone Traps
Grab some pheromone traps and place them around your home. Pheromone traps are non-toxic and are designed to disrupt the moth’s breeding cycle by trapping the male moths.

5. Use Cedar Hangers
This is more of a preventive measure but store your clothes in your closet using cedar hangers. The fresh scent of cedar may help drive the moths away.

6. Drive the Moths Away with Lavender
Lavender sachets may also help repel the clothes moths. This is a good alternative for people who don’t like the scent of cedar wood. Places the sachets in your wardrobe, shoe cabinet, drawers, and closets. Replace the sachets once the scent fades away.

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