Eliminated moths a few years ago by taking out all carpet and underlay (bagging it in situ, before carrying outside).
Severly hoovered the floor boards underneath, especially the gaps and particularly the gaps where joists run underneath (even using a blunt knife to prise-out any cut sat on that joist) and under skirting.
Mixed bleach with water and washed entire floor and skirting. ponged a bit, but did the job.
The next thing I would have tried would be the moth bombs, but I knew my carpets were buggered and had to go so just got stuck in with the chemicals. We used to have literally clouds of moths. I hated it. Good luck !
They say the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Because these last few weeks one room here hasn't had much use, I found the moths had eaten a circular hole in the carpet under the waste paper basket. Experience had taught me you can almost eliminate them, but they will return.
Inspect your house at night when they come out,like most moths and just be prepared to keeping vacuuming and turning out the wardrobe regularly. Also in curtains and any fabric areas that don't get disturbed much
Thereís a carpet spray that Farmers sell which is very effective. You donít have to spray the whole carpet, just those out of the way places like under the sofa and other furniture and in sheltered corners. They will come back and a second spraying will be needed. Since that first year, Iíve sprayed the carpet in April each year which have kept them under control.
> Eliminated moths a few years ago by taking out all
> carpet and underlay (bagging it in situ, before
> carrying outside).
> Severly hoovered the floor boards underneath,
> especially the gaps and particularly the gaps
> where joists run underneath (even using a blunt
> knife to prise-out any cut sat on that joist) and
> under skirting.
> Mixed bleach with water and washed entire floor
> and skirting. ponged a bit, but did the job.
> The next thing I would have tried would be the
> moth bombs, but I knew my carpets were buggered
> and had to go so just got stuck in with the
> chemicals. We used to have literally clouds of
> moths. I hated it. Good luck !
The carpet went today and I'm not replacing it with any more carpet! Feel lucky now to have concrete, not wooden flooring.
I'll use a moth bomb upstairs and hope it gets the rest of them, little buggers!
They don't work on your mange only moths and if the right sized ones are used for the room size (I.e. big room = 2 bombs) then repeated a month later they tend to kill larvae, eggs and moths to stop the cycle !
If they are in the carpet in a defined area or room - this stuff - [www.amazon.co.uk]
Worked for us when nothing else did in a similar situation. You do need to move as much of the furniture as you can. What you need to kill is the eggs/larvae as much as the moths - this does that and weíve had no reoccurrence since. Sticky traps for the moths in the meantime - including some on the floor under furniture to catch the females who donít fly as much/far.
> I am using pheromone strips to catch the males,
> spray, cedar wood oil and killing them when I see
> them in the air, on the walls, etc. Good luck!
This is the method we have used which has reduced the numbers a lot. It does take a couple of years to have any effect. I also put all wools items of clothing away in sealed bags in the summer, which reduces the moths food options when they are most active. Good luck!
The Staircase and small bedroom carpets went a few years back..
I was due to do the through lounge this summer but that is not possible at the moment.
Four book cases and furniture Table and chairs clutter up the space and would be difficult to take up carpet
and lay laminate. I think there are no floorboards. The floor I believe is sheeted with big boards.
I have nowhere to move everything to, to do the work.