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Get Rid of Moths in your Home

Tips you can practice to get rid of moths that infest your home:

  • It is difficult to keep moths from entering an open window or door, although it is advisable to draw the curtains or use a fly screen when windows are open at night, as moths are attracted to lights.

Case-bearing Clothes Moth

  • Once inside, moths lay eggs in dark and rarely disturbed areas where clothes or other textiles are stored.
  • High risk areas include spare rooms, under beds and infrequently used cupboards or wardrobes. Lofts are also at risk because moths are attracted to bird nests that may be in the eaves of the house.
  • Moths are also attracted to dirty or soiled clothing, so make sure to always clean clothes before storing them.
  • If you have any material or fabric goods lying around, be sure to pack them away into a sealed container or bag where moths can’t get access to them.
  • Ensure hidden areas - such as the space under furniture - are regularly vacuumed to remove moth eggs before they hatch. This is particularly important if there has been a previous infestation or if you have noticed increased levels of moth activity.

Read more on the signs of a moth problem

How to get rid of moths

A range of DIY pest control products that kill moths, their larvae and their eggs is available from stores. However, an established moth infestation may require professional pest control.

DIY Moth Control

Moth balls containing naphthalene were the traditional preventative treatment for moths. However, we do not endorse using these products because of the chemicals used and the strong smells that they produce.

Where the source of a small infestation has been traced, the area can be treated with Ant and Crawling Insect Sprays to kill moth eggs and larvae. After treatment, vacuum the area well and repeat treatment at least weekly until there are no signs of re-infestation. With the use of any DIY products, be sure to read the label carefully and always follow the instructions.

Professional Moth Control

  • While DIY pest control products can deal with smaller moth infestations, a professional pest control service will be required for larger or repeat infestations.
  • Rentokil technicians have a range of powerful insecticides to deal with moths and provide the reassurance that the problem has been fully dealt with.
  • Rentokil Pest Control offers a call-out service to treat moths or any other pest problem in the home. The service is fast, effective and affordable.

If you would like further advice on moths or to arrange a visit by a Rentokil pest control specialist to put in place an integrated pest control programme, call us free on +256 414 287 160 or +256 414 694 494; or email us.