Handy Explains How to Prevent Moths in Your Home and Closets


According to Handy, it’s crucial to identify and get rid of clothing moth infestation as soon as possible to prevent a wardrobe calamity. Yes, clothing moths have expensive taste, and they often feast on garments made of natural fibers such as silk, wool, cashmere, and fur that could cost you thousands of dollars when they become littered with holes. Fortunately, there are several methods you can follow to prevent or minimize moth infestation in your home.

Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips you can follow to prevent moths in your home and closets:

  1. Use mothballs – Mothballs are super effective at eradicating minor moth infestations and preventing moth infestations in the first place. Thus, be sure to keep a few inside your wardrobes. However, you have to handle them carefully since they are essentially pesticides.

To achieve the best results, you should keep them in an airtight bag or container and make sure the concentration is enough to actually work its magic. Nowadays, you can find mothballs in many pleasant aromas such as sandalwood and cedar. We recommend you wear gloves when handling mothballs and follow the instructions listed in the product guide. Alternatively, you can use chemical-free mothballs, but they are more expensive.

  1. Keep your house clean and organized – One of the best ways to prevent moths in your home is to keep your house clean and organized. Regular cleaning and vacuuming not only help to keep your house tidy and smell fresh but also help to minimize the risk of insect infestation including moths.

It’s also important to keep your wardrobes and closets free of clutter. To reduce clutter, you can empty or sort through the items in your closets every few weeks and throw away the things that are of no use.

  1. Use pheromone strips – Phermone strips (A.K.A. moth traps) are a newer but effective moth repellant solution. Plus, using pheromone strips is safer than using mothballs since they are non-toxic.

Pheromone strips contain female moth hormone in powder form that attracts male moths and traps them with a glue-like substance. As a result, male moths don’t survive for long and it essentially cuts off the breeding cycle which prevents further growth.

  1. Use dried lavender – If you are averse to using chemical products such as mothballs or moth traps, you can use lavender to minimize moths in your house since it’s a natural solution. The effectiveness of using lavender to get rid of moths has not been proven scientifically. However, many people swear by the effectiveness of dried lavender as a moth deterrent.

Typically, you can purchase dried lavenders that come in small bags and keep them in your closets, pantries, cupboards, and drawers. Over a period of time, it would fill the area with a pleasant fragrance and also minimize the problem of moth infestation.


Handy suggests you follow the tips stated above to prevent moth infestations in your home. However, if things are already out of hand, it’s better to call in professional help to minimize further damage.

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