Battling clothes moths using dried lavender

Clothes moths are a common irritation traditionally remedied using dried lavender

dried lavender bag
I was watching TV
the other night and saw a programme on the clothes moth.  Apparently they originated in owl pellets! A human’s wardrobe can – it seems – be said to resemble an owl nest from the moth’s point of view! The larvae particularly like natural fibres to eat, such as wool, and leave tiny holes. The presenter of course recommended lavender bags to deter them.

Moth repellent tips using dried lavender

embroidered lavender bag
– Squeeze your lavender bag weekly to keep the strong scent which the moths hate (you can keep doing this for months with the same bag).

– Remember that moths are not killed by lavender bags, they just don’t like the smell – so if you have an infestation, the best thing to do is have a thorough clear out and clean. Then put the lavender bags in!-  If you like to buy vintage or second hand jumpers, put them in the freezer for a few days to kill any pests.

– The cocoons of the larvae look like grains of rice, so look out for these at the back of the wardrobe.

– Why not be creative and make your own lavender bags with scraps of material. You don’t even have to sew – just cut a square or circle (use pinking shears if you have them), place a handful of lavender in the centre, gather up the material round it and tie with a ribbon. (This method is one I recommend to Primary Schools approaching us for Mothers Day
ideas.) See my no sew lavender bag make
dried lavender pile
– The choice of lavender can also affect the moths. In my opinion, the highly fragrant Lavendula X Intermedia is the best for this purpose as the fragrance contains elements of camphor which is what the moths object to. A softer fragrance such as Lavandula Angustifolia will be less effective.

Other dried flowers as moth repellents

Wormwood (Artemisia) and cedar are both used traditionally as moth repellents. Cedar blocks are often threaded onto the top of a coathanger and are an elegant way of keeping the moths at bay. Wormwood is a common garden plant with a woody base, grown mostly for its attractive silvery foliage which can be easily dried at home. Wormwood is often combined with other dried flowers, herbs and essential oils in a sachet to go in the wardrobe.

See my new post on Cedarwood moth repellents

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