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Clothes moths - how can I get rid of them?

Why has nothing helped against the moths fluttering around my bedroom?

Why do moth traps not work and why should I not use naphthalene?



 

Clothes moths
The clothes moths (Tineola bisselliella) are pests of organic products. With their powerful mouthparts the larvae eat wool, furs, felt and other keratin-containing animal products in textiles, carpets and upholstered furniture.

Natural and artificial silk as well as synthetic fabrics can also be attacked by the larvae, although these materials can not be digested. The fibres of these tissues are used by the larvae for the construction of their cocoon tubes. Besides the feeding damage made by the larvae, the clothes are also contaminated by the cocoons attached to them.
Moth traps (with female pheromones) unfortunately attract only male moths - but in many cases the males have already fertilized several females. One single fertilized female lays about 200 to 300 eggs.
The eggs are almost invisible on the textile fibres where they are placed by the female. Moth eggs are also placed in the vicinity of the textiles like the wardrobe shelves, on cloth hangers, etc.



The complete life cycle of the moth takes about 6 weeks beginning with the fertilization of the female, depositing the eggs, hatching of the larvae, up to the cocoon stage. The cycle will be longer at lower temperatures. The moth itself lives only about two weeks. Moths do not like the cold. A warm environment, however, may result in 3-6 generations per year, even more under very suitable conditions.

Fragrances do not keep the moths away.
Bowls of naphthalene have been used for a long time to combat the moths.
Due to health hazards for humans (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napthalene#Health_effects) the use of naphthalene is no longer recommended.

How does the eradication of moths with natural enemies work?
The micro-insects Trichogramma evanescens are microscopically small beneficial insects which live for just a few days. They breed inside the eggs of the clothes moth and destroy them. The development of the Trichogramma insects inside the moth's eggs takes about eight to ten days. Then new micro-insects will hatch and the cycle repeats itself.
If they do not find any more moth eggs, the Trichogramma insects will disappear almost without a trace (they leave the building or they will die and turn into dust).
Trichogramma: They are smaller than a pinhead or this apostrophe: ' (approximately 0.3 mm).
You will not even notice the presence of these micro-insects in the bedroom. Although they can fly, they prefer to walk when searching for the eggs of the moths.

Trichogramma is an insect that lays its eggs inside the eggs of the clothes moths and thereby destroys them.
If you are having problems with moths "Trichogramma Anti Moths" works against clothes moths as well as against food or pantry moths.

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