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Moth deterrent?
Tue 28-Jun-11
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Sooliz
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Over the last week or so we've had a mini plague of little tiny moths in the house....around 10 or 12 every day, some of which have been in the wardrobe! eeekmonster (which has louvred doors so easy for them to get in).  Any ideas (preferably not involving chemical sprays or nasty smelling mothballs) for getting rid/preventing them?

At the other end of the scale, we've been watching a gorgeous and fascinating humming bird moth in the garden recently, husband has been desperately trying to get a photo but it's obviously camera-shy, flits off as soon as he gets near the window cry

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wave  I can't help you Sue, but I hope someone can because I too have lots of moths in my house.  I don't think they are clothes moths but they are a nuisance.  aargh

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Tue 28-Jun-11
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Lavender, Rosemary and Lemon grass are all supposed to be moth repellents. (and smell much nicer than chemicals or camphor) try sticking a few drops of essential oils on cotton wool balls and sticking them in discrete places...makes the house smell nice too.

Wed 29-Jun-11
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I believe that it is the larvae of the carpet moth that is responsible for clothing damage but I don't know what it looks like or how to get rid of it.  I seem to recall that sandalwood is efficacious.

I'll try that again!

Wed 29-Jun-11
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I was told that conkers also deter moths. Cedar wood also does, wardobes used to be lined with it & I think you can buy little chips of cedar to put in your drawers etc.   Lakeland used to sell them but I don't know if they still do. 

 

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Wed 29-Jun-11
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wave  I just found this useful list of moth repellents, just scroll down

 

http://www.wisegeek.com/topics/how-to-repel-moths.htm

 

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Wed 29-Jun-11
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And cedar wood. You can sometimes buy small pieces of it that you can sand down to expose a fresh surface when they stop working, so they last for years and years.

There are hundreds if not thousands of species of moths in the UK, and only 6 of them eat clothes and carpets. We saw an elephant hawk moth recently. Link to ukmoths.org.uk  here. (P has a moth trap, which attracts them overnight and in the morning you spend hours identifying them and release them.)

I have scarlet tiger moths in my garden. They are really lovely, and the caterpillars are attractive. The caterpillars eat comfrey leaves, and then move on to other things, fortunately reaching strawberry leaves only after the berries have finished. I am happy to sacrifice a first cutting of comfrey to them, though this year there were far fewer than usual so they didn't do much damage.  See the ukmoths site, or here for even better pictures I found.

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roseThank you all for the helpful suggestions (and links!! aargh).  I think a trip to the health shop or chemist is needed to investigate smelly potions.

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Wed 29-Jun-11
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Hattie said:

& I think you can buy little chips of cedar to put in your drawers etc.  

Never heard of that before Hattie...but I'll give it a miss this time round and wait for the results from CHS folks who are prepared to give it a try...surprised....big_laughbig_laugh...runaway

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