More Moth Advice

 I got comments with more moth advice and I spent a very few minutes on the web.


If you get moth traps, be sure to get the type for cloth moths, not for food moths. This is a cloth moth. I love the description maybe from Wikipedia. “The adult moth is gold with reddish-golden hairs on the top of its head. A row of golden hairs fringes its wings, which have a span of about inch.” When I’ve  swatted one of those tiny things, I’ve never noticed the golden hairs! They are tiny but “swat-able.”

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What the traps do is attract the males and then they get stuck to the sticky surface inside.

Besides freezing, one person wrote that heat in an oven can kill all the cycles of the moth and gave this informative website: https://www.pesticide.org/moths_clothes

Be sure to date the moth traps and replace every six months. If that doesn’t seem to work, you could consider contacting a pest company like https://www.pestcontrolexperts.com/ to remove these pests from your home. That will be a quicker process and should remove more of the moths.

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I tried to find a picture of the debris often seen around where moths have been found. It is white sort of silky and web like. That may be why the moths are called webbing clothes moths. This shows the larvae and eggs, too.


Another comment: “I had a ton of clothes moths in the house; they started from the dog hair under the dish cabinet and spread out around the house. I vacuumed all the wool rugs, both sides each week for a year, vacuumed everywhere else (threw out the vacuum cleaner bag after each vacuuming), sealed all the woolens in plastic bags, and double-bagged my fleeces with the thickest plastic bags I could find. It took 2 years of constant work, but I did it. During the summer I still place the indicators in various areas of the house to find early problems. After several moth-free years I got stupid and brought in a fleece with 12″ locks that I didn’t quarantine and got moths again last year. Sigh…”

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You can even buy an iPhone case with moths pictured on it.


5 thoughts on “More Moth Advice”

  1. Please let folks know that clothes moths dislike light so you won’t see them fluttering around a light bulb if they are your housemates. They are extremely fast fliers. They about the size of a grain of rice. I bought a bottle of cedar oil from Amazon and have rags dipped in it wherever I have wool. Moths don’t like that smell…but I do!

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  2. Hi Peggy, Sounds like the “ready to battle condition” here regarding termites. Once they get a grip the battle is much worse. So for now we are termite free but keep a constant vigil. The microwave trick is used here as well. Our house is essentially a faraday shield so I bought a microwave field strength meter and a new “donor” microwave. Defeated both interlocks (microwaves are required to have two) and cut out the bottom so the “maggie” (magnetron) tube could focus then a long extension cord. My father-in-law had some furniture infested that we bought so I sat outside the house then plugged it in (while very carefully watching the field strength meter). It worked but waaay too much hassle. With termites adults, larvae, and anything in between will die at 140f exposure for 5 minutes. Trick is to get the center warm for that period. It is not a case of catching the wood on fire as it burns much higher but instead a case of destroying potentially the varnish or other finish. So we graduated to a heat gun instead with IR thermometer (now common at store entrances due to the pandemic). We also resort to poisons here as well. I apologize if you already mentioned this but we use lots of borax here. I googled it and it shows that this can be effective for cloth moths as well. Since borax is used in soap as long as safety is followed I’d think it may be a good option especially if they are to be stored in a bag. Kind regards, Mike

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  3. I don’t think I want a phone case with those guys on it but thanks for the heads-up about moths! Cashmere/wool is precious and I want it to remain intact!

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  4. My moths originally came from a sweater from Peru then from fiber from New Zealand. I thought I had it whipped but they showed up again this spring. I washed/vaccumed the walls and floor then set moths sticky traps. The first ones caught a bunch but the second ones several months later show none. I am not that confident I am done and will replace these traps this month(Jan)

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  5. We always threw in sprigs of cedar cuttings from annual bush trimmings and used camphor moth balls. never had a problem with dog and wool hair garments. Of course, we had cedar trees and bushes near all entries into home. with our oriental rugs we cleaned in fresh snow on a sunny day up North.

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