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Biblical Plagues Are No Match(!)
on 26 July 2015
A while ago I unwittingly embarked on the Eco-Trip From Hell by installing natural wool insulation between the floor joists in my house. I did ask about moths at the time but my query was disdainfully brushed off with assertions that the stuff was borax treated and no moth would ever go near it. Fatal error on my part, and I only wish I could locate the salesman again so I could explain what really happens to him!
In The Real World my house is now plagued in Biblical proportions with moths. I'm talking several hundred of them in most rooms at any one time. I know this because I've hoovered them up and counted as I went. My main worry has been the bedroom wardrobes that contain a collection of clothes and suits that I most definitely do not want peppered with holes. In desperation I fitted a pair of these inside each wardrobe, hung from the rail. Despite the doors being ill fitting and easy prey for moths, I've been astounded to find that they've totally avoided going inside. The blighters are secreting themselves literally everywhere else but just not inside the wardrobes - I've not found a single one. As tests go, mine is an extreme one, and I'm most impressed because the moths certainly appear to avoid going near them. Fit a couple of these moth killers inside your wardrobe and it too will very likely be moth free! Gold stars all round and highly recommended.
One or two tips, gleaned from my experiences:
* NEVER fit woolen house insulation(!!!)
* Hang clothes outside in the sun and any moth larvae will wriggle out and drop off to avoid the light
* You can kill moth eggs by freezing your pullies
* Fly papers are a good way to catch extra moths
* Hoovering them up twice a day can help decrease population numbers before they breed.
* Placing a moth paper in every drawer is a sensible precaution.
* Moths are naturally absent from around November to March - just because you can't see them doesn't mean you have no infestation!
I see someone has asked whether this product can be used in a food cupboard. The answer to that is no, because they contain an active poison. Whether or not your food is packaged and sealed it's never a good idea to place any poison in the same storage area as your food!
Also, the species of moth that attacks food is different to the one that goes after your fabrics. But worry not, all is not lost!
If you have a problem with moths in your kitchen you simply need to buy a pheromone trap. Basically it's a sticky pad with a pheromone (a non toxic sex hormone) tab in the centre. Male moths are highly attracted by the scent, go to it and become stuck. They are thus killed before being able to mate with female moths. It isn't an instant end to all moths in your kitchen, but it does stop longer term infestations.
I also recommend you empty out cupboards in which you see moths and look carefully at any bagged or powder items, especially old bags of flour. If you see a lot of tiny dark dots on or around them it's likely they're moth eggs. Throw the affected items away, wash the cupboard and store replacement food stuffs inside sealed plastic containers.
I hope that helps :-)