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Started by Tricyrtis on Jul 26, 2020 1:30:22 PM
Getting rid of carpet moths

Any tried and tested solutions? So far we've tried Lakeland's Moth Stop spray, plus the wardrobe hanger and some lozenge things. Lots of vacuuming too. Still seeing moths.

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cozzer - 26 Jul 2020 13:32:05 (#1 of 83)

You can get moth catchers which attract the males which then stick to a sticky pad. It's not a perfect solution, but it's one thing that can help.

InternationalVicar - 26 Jul 2020 13:33:36 (#2 of 83)

have you looked under everything, including carpets?

Shadrack22 - 26 Jul 2020 13:40:45 (#3 of 83)

I used to have a Brooke Bond tea card giving the solution to this very issue, but lost it.

quattrobhoy - 26 Jul 2020 13:45:14 (#4 of 83)

Apparently they are endemic in many areas - including where we live. They also attack woollen clothing, tending to hide everywhere and make regular (unwelcome) reappearances.

Flooring solution could be to replace carpets - synthetic or moth-resistant wool, if you don't want laminate.

Tricyrtis - 26 Jul 2020 13:52:51 (#5 of 83)

have you looked under everything

We did the living room a couple of weeks ago and found a lot under a book case, which was sitting on the edge of a wool rug. That part of the rug is now bare. Everything was liberally sprayed with Moth Stop, but now they're appearing elsewhere.

Tricyrtis - 26 Jul 2020 13:53:55 (#6 of 83)

We'd love to replace the carpets or have laminate flooring, but we rent and doing so isn't an option. We can only work with what we've got.

tasselhoff - 26 Jul 2020 13:56:44 (#7 of 83)

This really isn't something you can just brush under the carpet.

Ginmonkey - 26 Jul 2020 13:57:11 (#8 of 83)

We had this last year, it's a fucking nightmare.

Move everything. Vacuum the carpet throughly. Treat with moth spray, several times.

Put all wool, silk and cashmere clothing in sealed bags with mothballs.

Set traps to alert you to any further infestations. Vacuum regularly and properly. If they return repeat all steps.

Alternatively remove the carpet and burn. With fire.

Tenesmus - 26 Jul 2020 13:57:41 (#9 of 83)

https://youtu.be/nnHmUk_J6xQ

harryhaller - 26 Jul 2020 14:04:45 (#10 of 83)

:)

Tricyrtis - 26 Jul 2020 14:08:17 (#11 of 83)

#9

Yep, we could do that! I'd like to pick the beans first, thoughbut.

Tricyrtis - 26 Jul 2020 14:11:08 (#12 of 83)

Ripley's great, isn't she.

Tricyrtis - 26 Jul 2020 14:12:00 (#13 of 83)

Set traps to alert you

Any brand you recommend, Gin?

Ginmonkey - 26 Jul 2020 14:13:19 (#14 of 83)

Arcana are good.

Tricyrtis - 26 Jul 2020 14:17:49 (#15 of 83)

Thanks, will order some today.

MaryMC - 26 Jul 2020 14:22:06 (#16 of 83)

#8 I thought mothballs were illegal?

Ginmonkey - 26 Jul 2020 14:30:32 (#17 of 83)

Well whem I say mothballs I mean whatever moth repellent things you can buy.

I put mine down with cedar balls and some little plastic gel things.

bossab2 - 26 Jul 2020 14:31:07 (#18 of 83)

They are bastard things which quietly destroy all wool clothing put away in cupboards.

Tenesmus - 26 Jul 2020 14:31:57 (#19 of 83)

Just wear nylon and polyester.

bossab2 - 26 Jul 2020 14:39:32 (#20 of 83)

They particularly like things which aren't totally clean and which have been in an undisturbed dark place.

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