Moths at a glance don’t seem harmful in the least, but quite the opposite is true. These tiny little insects look similar to a butterfly, but a much smaller version. They are diverse in size, shape, and color, and like the butterfly, they belong to the order Lepidoptera family.
However, moths outnumber butterflies 10-1 and are nocturnal insects, which mean they are most active at night. It is estimated that there are about 11,000 moth species in the United States alone. Life Science approximates this amount to be more than all the mammal species and bird species in North America combined. Moths don’t pose any immediate threats to humans, but they’ll cause havoc on your clothes, upholstery and food items in your pantry.
What Attracts Them To Your Home?
You’ll find these little insects hiding in your drawers, laundry baskets, and closets, chewing on your most expensive clothing and leaving holes in your favorite sweaters and jackets— they have a liking for cashmere and wool. Moths prefer warm, dark areas like inside your sofas and rugs. Small as they might be these little creatures can also chew through leather, yes leather! Interestingly, it’s not the adult moths that are causing havoc on your fancy garments, it’s the larvae. Adult moths don’t have mouths; shocking, I know!
Types Of Moths:
Not all moths should be of concern if you see them around your home, some are harmless. However, there are three main types that you should look out for; as they can do a bit of damage to your clothes and other items in your home.
Pantry Moth- This type of moth is sometimes called the Indian meal moth and is the most annoying type of the bunch, and the most destructive to say the least. These aggressive little insects will invade your drawers, closets, and pantries eating away at your items with as much zeal as they can muster up in their tiny bodies.
7 Natural Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Moths
1. Indian Lilac (Neem)
Also known as Neem, Indian lilac works as a good repellent for moths. The leaves of this natural herb can be used by placing them in your kitchen cupboards (fresh leaves are best). If you have the Indian lilac powder, use it to dust shelves and other areas in your closet. You can also purchase Neem oil and soak it in cotton balls and place them around the house in areas that are infested with moths. This will keep these pesky critters at bay.
2. Cinnamon Sticks
Wrap a few pieces of cinnamon sticks in paper and place them throughout your closets, cupboards, and drawers. The scent will chase the moths away and keep others from coming in. The smell of cinnamon can be quite overpowering that’s why it’s important to wrap them first. If the cinnamon scent sticks to your clothing just give them a good wash after the moths are gone.
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