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How to keep moths at bay

House Beautiful logo House Beautiful 10/10/2017 Helen Harrison

How to get rid of (and prevent) moths © Jeffrey Coolidge / Getty How to get rid of (and prevent) moths If you've discovered little holes in your jumpers and blankets it's likely that moths are to blame. Follow these tips to prevent moths taking up residence in your home and how get rid of them if they already have.

Moth infestations have been on the rise in recent years. The main reasons are centrally heated homes, which moths find as welcoming as we do, an influx of cheap cashmere, silk and cotton clothing (their favourite food!), and much stricter regulations on the strength and availability of the insecticides traditionally used to combat them.

© Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) Follow these top tips:

• Preventing and getting rid of moths requires determination.

• Moths are attracted by sweat and bodily fluids, food remnants and other perfumed substances. Never return worn clothing to wardrobes and drawers without laundering or dry-cleaning first.

• Keep things super-clean. Moths love grime, so vacuum or dust regularly, paying particular attention to inside wardrobes and drawers, underneath furniture and along skirting boards. Empty the vacuum bag often, otherwise any moth eggs sucked up will hatch in there and come back out!

• Use mothballs, moth-killer strips or natural pest repellents, such as lavender and cedar bags, in areas where textiles are kept. You can make your own moth-repelling spray with a few drops of lavender oil mixed with water.

• Place items to be stored for some time in airtight containers or polythene vacuum bags.

• If you have an infestation, empty the entire area and clean it very thoroughly with hot soapy water, particularly along edges and crevices. All the items removed will need to be washed immediately at as high a temperature as possible to kill eggs and larvae. If the items are non-washable, put them into a plastic bag and place in the freezer for at least 72 hours.

• Finally, blast the room with a moth-killing smoke bomb, from Pest Control Direct. These contain powerful insecticides so follow the manufacturer's instructions very carefully.

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