Alternatives to Mothballs
While mothballs are the most common way of ridding yourself of these pesky winged creatures, the mothballs can emit an unpleasant odor. This odor can be strong and will oftentimes emanate throughout the house causing inhabitants and visitors alike to turn up their noses when entering the home.
There are several home remedies that can be used to get rid of moths. Some of them, such as cloves and the water basin method, can be found in your home, while others, such as cedar wood and lavender, are inexpensive and can be purchased at large chain stores, such as Target or Wal-Mart. In addition, linen stores also sell some of these products.
Cloves and Water
Cloves are a good way not only to get rid of moths but also to fill your home with a pleasant smell. Cloves act as a natural deterrent to moths but are not as harsh smelling as mothballs typically are. Fill a sachet with some whole cloves and hang them in your closet or put them in your dresser drawers. Making a water trap is another way to get rid of moths. All you have to do is fill a basin, such as your bathroom sink, with water and leave the light on over it; however, this will not work unless the light is located over your sink. Otherwise, you can fill another type of container with water and place it beneath the light. They will be attracted to the light but will ultimately burn up and fall into the water.
Lavender and Cedar
Lavender is another good moth deterrent, and it smells good, too. Again, you can fill sachets with lavender that's been dried and put them in your closets or your dresser drawers. Or, if you prefer, cotton balls can be dipped in lavender oil and put in sachets. Make sure you keep the sachets from coming into direct contact with clothes, as it may stain them. Using cedar wood has been a longtime way to get rid of moths. Placing a disc of cedar wood in a dresser drawer or chest is a good way to keep moths out of there. Cedar chips and cedar balls can be purchased at most retail stores. All you have to do is put them wherever clothes are stored. In addition to combating moths, cedar leaves behind a pleasant scent.