MOTHS!!! Help!!

AdrianG's picture


I've an emergency. I bought myself a very expensive new wardrobe, huge, glass and steel sliding doors, darkwood shell... very fabulous. All my lovely woolly things (and all my other clothes) are in it.

However, this last week (its been very cold and snowy in London) I've spotted moths (or I guess they're moths) sitting on indoor walls in every room. Kitchen, bedrooms, lounge. There's a sudden influx. I don't know if the two things are connected: wardrobe / snow... but its a strange coincidence.

I've got these little cedarwood things which are supposed to keep moths away from my clothes but its not working!

I hate the smell of those traditional mothballs and... not being averse to killing insects... I want something that'll stop 'em in their tracks not gentle disuade them with logical argument!

Any suggestions?


Junayd's picture

My neighbors recently had an

My neighbors recently had an infestation and found a product which contains an attracting Phermone to trap the moths called, "Revenge Moth Traps." I did a Google search and it seems there are many lists for this item online for purchase. Hope this helps out along with all the other great suggestions. Junayd

Tallguy's picture

Moths do not eat. It's the

Moths do not eat. It's the larvae (the growing hungry babies) that are the ones that eat your wool. Freezing doesn't kill them either; it will just slow them down, or put them into hibernation, until it warms up again. Sunlight is still the best remedy, if you don't want to go to chemical methods. Never store any woolen items without cleaning them first. It's the soiling that really attracts them rather than wool itself. But regular vigilance is really the only way to keep infestations under control.

OzarkMtMan's picture

Mario is right that not all

Mario is right that not all moths eat fibers. If they are hosting on fibers the cedarwood or other herbal methods of repelling them will be too little too late. They only work to confuse the receptors of moths. Once they have attacked only fumigation will work. You could try some insecticide bombs, which are readily available. That has worked for me in the past with miller moths. Other than that, if you have a deep freezer it is a good idea to put your especially precious yarns or knitted items into freezer bags and set them in the freezer for a couple of weeks. At deep freeze temps it should kill off any eggs or larva to insure saving those items.

And, by the bye, miller moths are quite small, only a few mms.

You let go of it, it let go of you.

Velcro Confucious

AdrianG's picture

Putting things in the

Putting things in the freezer! What a brilliant idea. I'll do that until I see what happens with the moths and other fumigation options.

I love the sound of my flat smelling like an Irish Rugby Team though. Where can I get that soap from in the UK?


grandcarriage's picture

Instead of mothballs, I load

Instead of mothballs, I load my woolens and yarns with boxes or Irish Spring soap. My flat smells like a freshly washed Irish Rugby team. (HEAVEN)... That being said...mmario is completely right. Get them identified first. You may need to get the flat fumigated...sad but true.

AdrianG's picture

OK Phew! Slight panic


Phew! Slight panic over.

How can I easily identify what sort of moths they are? Or do I have to locate a handy entomologist?

Anyone an entomologist on here?


Thanks mmario... I've just added your Spanish Lace to my 'to do' projects. It's my next lacey challenge!

Take a couple of them over

Take a couple of them over to your local council office and they will point you in the direction of the appropriate department. Then they will tell you how to treat them - at least they are supposed to.

MMario's picture

I'm not sure in London.

I'm not sure in London. Here, since I'm in rural area of the US - I'd run them over to my local Agricultural Cooperative Extension office, and any number of people hanging around the office could probably ID them for me.

Maybe check with an exterminator?

MMario's picture

Not all moths eat wool. Not

Not all moths eat wool. Not even MOST moths eat wool. First thing to do is capture a couple of those moths and get them identified. They could be from a package of old flour or some such - or they could be from the new furniture but not be WOOL moths,if you know what I mean.