Tineola bisselliella is a species of Tineidae family, also called as clothes moth, webbing clothes moth, or simply clothing moth.
Several moths in the family Tineidae are commonly regarded as pests because their larvae eat fabric made from natural proteinaceous fibers such as wool or silk. They are less likely to eat mixed materials containing some artificial fibers.
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Home Remedies and Guidelines
You can try some of these control measures to get rid of Tineola bisselliella and similar species:
- make clothing moth traps,
- try cryo fumigation (fumigating an object with dry ice; enclose it in a plastic bag for 3–5 days with dry ice),
- dry clean,
- freeze the objects for several days at temperatures below 18 °F,
- heat (120 °F for 30 minutes or more),
- vacuum (moths like to hide in carpeting and baseboards, so vacuuming is important to get full eradication),
- wash your clothes (and then, put them through a hot dryer of place them in the freezer for a few days to kill moth eggs), suitcases, bags and other containers,
- and clean closets.
Here you have some home remedies related to the previous measures that will help you to eliminate moths.
You can make your own moth traps with fly paper and fish oil, which attracts moths. Dab a bit on some flypaper and hang it in your closet. You can also use traps designed to catch mice.
Soap or Vinegar
Use soapy water or a mixture of vinegar and water to clean the closet.
Dip a sponge scrubber into the solution and scrub the closet to eliminate all the eggs. Clean especially well in crevices.
Moths are repelled by cedar, so you can use cedar hangers to prevent the appearance of moths. You can also use ball-shaped pieces of cedar or a sachet bag with cedar chips and hang them in your closet. If you want extra protection, you can place cedar-scented items in the pockets of your clothes.
Sachets and Essential Oils
Mothballs are an effective way to kill moths, but the chemicals of these balls are toxic to humans, besides leaving a strong scent in your clothes. You can avoid this toxic method using these natural alternatives:
- sachets or scented bags filled with dried rosemary, thyme, cloves, mint, lavender or bay leaves (fill a small cloth bag with these ingredients and hang it up in your closet),
- or essential oils made from these herbs (sprinkle them in your closet).
You can prevent the appearance of moths if you:
- brush clothing made from wool, fur or feathers after you wear it (because moth eggs usually enter through clothing that has been worn outside),
- keep your clothing clean (and dry clean wool items before storing them),
- store clothing properly (clothes you do not wear often should be stored in airtight containers or plastic storage bags or bins),
- and keep your closet cool and well-ventilated (because moths are attracted to humid areas).
If you have moths in the kitchen, you can also follow the previous steps to get rid of moths: use moth traps, scour the cabinets with soapy water or a vinegar and water solution, vacuum the cabinets, place items in the freezer when you bring them home, store food in air-tight containers, control temperature and humidity in the kitchen and seal crevices you may have in your kitchen… Furthermore, examine your food, because moths usually enter kitchens through food that is already infested (oatmeal, dried grains or nuts, for example, may have eggs on them when you bring them home).