What Are Some Natural Moth Repellants?
Our homes are our havens, but they are still at risk for invasion of insects capable of doing a great deal of damage such as the moth; repellants are helpful for keeping them out of the home before the damage can be done.
Members of the order Lepidoptera, the moth composes a large portion of the family tree with hundreds of thousands of different varieties. Some of these varieties are yet to be discovered and named. Many moth types of nocturnal; however, there are moths which are active predominately at dusk and dawn as well as those which are commonly seen during the daylight hours.
Some moth species are quite beneficial to man, such as the larvae of the domesticated type called Bombyx mori or, as it is more commonly known, silkworms. These farmed moths are capable of producing over 200 million pounds of raw silk in only one year. Other moths and caterpillars create a major problem for agricultural pursuits. There are certain of these which are more dangerous than others, such as the gypsy moth, the codling moth, corn borers and bollworms.
When moths come indoors
Most people give little thought to the pretty little moths they see flitting about outdoors. The large ones that exhibit “eyes” on their lower wings hold a certain fascination to young and old alike with their long antennae and often exotic markings. When moths come indoors, however, this admiration is lost and replaced by frustration and concern as items in the home become susceptible to their destruction. Yes, there are certain moths that can wreak havoc within our homes, destroying clothing, fabrics and pantry items if they take up residence inside. While the appearance of a single moth may not indicate that an infestation has occurred, it may very well be the beginning of a long struggle to eliminate them using moth repellents, insect killers and sometimes even necessitating the visit of an exterminator.
There are a few types of moth that are capable of causing this type of problem. Grain moths and clothes moths are the worst offenders. Grain moths may come into your home from the grocery store as eggs; neatly packaged within pet foods, bird seed, dried beans, dried fruits, chocolate, rice, pasta, cereals and flour or baking mixes. Wild bird seed is the most common of carriers for the pests; since it is used strictly for birds in the outdoors, not as much care is taken to purify and sanitize the products. The best moth repellents are preventative measures; buying only amounts to last a short period of time; storing the seed in the freezer and storing the seed outside in a tightly closed container. Pantry moth traps using attractant pheromone has also proved to be effective.
Clothes moths are similarly destructive; attacking clothing, curtains, upholstered furniture and rugs or carpeting within the home. It is the oils that are found on unwashed fabrics that attract the moths, not the material itself, so ensuring that clothes are put away clean and that upholstered furniture and rugs are cleaned on a regular basis will reduce the attraction. Natural moth repellents are also available and effective for keeping these pests at bay. Cedar chips, cedar lined closets, cedar oil, eucalyptus leaves, dried lemon peels, lavender, cloves, peppercorns, bay leaves, rosemary and cinnamon sticks are all easily obtainable and successful in repelling these pests. The best application for them is by placing them in sachets and hanging them in closets and around the home.
Using these tips for moth repellents indoors will help to keeping moths outdoors where they belong and can be admired in their natural setting; the ideal situation for all involved.