Okay, so this is a bit random. It stems from a conversation I had the other day about moths. We were chatting away about how if moths love lightbulbs so much and are always attracted to sources of light…why don’t we see thousands of them in the daytime? Anyway, joking aside, moths can prove a problem. I personally (tempting fate now) haven’t had the problem of moths in my home but others have and they are damaging little furry blighters! So this is why I thought I’d address ways of moth proofing your home naturally.
Why do moths come in to my house?
Moths look for the smell of wool. If they can’t find wool then they look elsewhere to lay their eggs. Mothballs work because they smell so strong that they mask the smell of the wool. However, there are natural ways to deter them.
How can I deter them naturally?
- Citrus Peel – Scatter dried citrus peel in your cupboards and drawers amongst your shoes and clothes
- Cloves – Put whole cloves into the pockets of coats before storing them away. Also into plastic bags for wooly jumpers
- Lavender Sachets – Make your own lavender bags by putting a handful of lavender onto a square of muslim cloth. Tie up with ribbon. They will deter the moths and also make your clothes smell lovely
- Heat Cure – If you believe that moths have alsready laid eggs in your bed linen, then put in your tumble drier on the appropriate cycle or hang outside in bright sunlight for several hours
- Other Herbs – Chamomile, Pennyroyal, Rosemary, Wormwood, Rue, Mint, Tansy, Thyme, Lemon geranium, Mugwort
If you would rather buy some products to deter moths then here are some suggestions:
Do you have any natural solutions to deterring moths from your house (and don’t say “live in the dark” like my silly hubby did!). I look forward to reading them. 🙂