Moth Prevention Stratigies 

5 steps to reduce moth infestation 

Avoidance

Avoid conditions that promote insect infestation. Keep textiles clean with regular vacuuming and washing. Household soils improve the environment for moth specifically moisture retention levels in protein fibers as higher relative humidity is important for moth lave hatching and development.  When possible turn rugs end for end to even use and dark unexposed to light areas to light,  moths favor dark undisturbed areas.  Before storage, textiles should at a minimum be vacuumed front and back and inspected for any signs of moths washing is recommended. Subsequently, wrapping in a breathable product such as Tyvek or Heavy Kraft paper to inhibit soiling and moth infestations. Rugs stored any longer than a month should be wrapped rolled rugs  are an ideal environment for moth infestation 

 

Blocking

Block insect entrance to the home from outside moths can enter the home via an unscreened door or window so minimize open/ unscreened doors and windows that allow easy access. Newly acquired can textiles can harbor unhatched moth eggs that subsequently hatch in your home and spread to other textiles. Consider thoroughly cleaning new textiles before they enter a home environment.  Small textiles can be treated with steam from a clothes iron. 

 

Detection

Regular inspection of textiles is important, this can be done during rotating or routine vacuuming with care inspect dark undisturbed areas under a sofa and with hanging textiles the back area against the wall. Moths seek out dark undisturbed areas so infestation never happens in easy to see open areas. Consider pheromone traps as a monitoring tool to determine when moths are in your home and detect if a  possible infestation is present.

 

Confine

When an infestation is detected the infested textile should be removed from the home or confined (wrapped in plastic) to stop the spread of infestation to other textiles and treated as soon as possible.

Treatment

The infested rug or textile should be treated to kill moths and their eggs and thoroughly cleaned. 

We strongly recommend a professional pest control company to perform on-location pest control services to address moth infestation. Removal of the infested textile is typically not enough at this point and moths have access to your home and may have laid eggs elsewhere on other protein fibers.

What doesn't stop or control moth infestations 

Cedar, lavender & Essential oils may have a mild benefit we have pulled plenty of moth infested textiles out of cedar chests, cedar lined closets over the years.

Bug bombs/Holliday fogger kill the adult moth and larvae they do not kill moth eggs. Eggs are microscopic and impossible to detect

Dealing with the one rug in a home with visible infestation damage and neglecting the other rugs in the home. For example, assuming that since the infested rug is at the far end of the house in a guest bedroom wool textiles in the rest of the house should be ok.

  

Cedar, lavender & Essential oils may have a mild benefit we have pulled plenty of moth infested textiles out of cedar chests, cedar lined closets over the years.

Bug bombs/Holliday fogger kill the adult moth and larvae they do not kill moth eggs. Eggs are microscopic and impossible to detect

Dealing with the one rug in a home with visible infestation damage and neglecting the other rugs in the home. For example, assuming that since the infested rug is at the far end of the house in a guest bedroom wool textiles in the rest of the house should be ok.

  

Cedar, lavender & Essential oils may have a mild benefit we have pulled plenty of moth infested textiles out of cedar chests, cedar lined closets over the years.

Bug bombs/Holliday fogger kill the adult moth and larvae they do not kill moth eggs. Eggs are microscopic and impossible to detect

Dealing with the one rug in a home with visible infestation damage and neglecting the other rugs in the home. For example, assuming that since the infested rug is at the far end of the house in a guest bedroom wool textiles in the rest of the house should be ok.

  

Cedar, lavender & Essential oils. While these may have a mild benefit we have pulled plenty of moth infested textiles out of cedar chests, cedar lined closets and various satchels of tobacco and other herbs over the years.

Bug bombs/Holliday fogger kill the adult moth and larvae they do not kill moth eggs. Eggs are microscopic and impossible to detect

Dealing with one rug in a home with visible infestation damage but neglecting the other rugs in the home.  Assuming that since the infested rug is at the far end of the house in a guest bedroom wool textiles in the rest of the house should be ok.

  

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