Die, clothes moth, die! Mothmageddon!

I like to think I’m a nice person who wouldn’t want to kill anything, but my compassion and goodness goes out the window when it comes to clothes moths and I become a war-mongering angry person. So when I got the opportunity to review a new complete anti-moth DIY kit, I jumped at the chance. Warning to those of a sensitive nature; there’s much blood and violence in the following review…

We have wool carpets throughout the flat. Incidentally these are carpets I hate, I mean they’re this cream show-house bullshit colour that was only chosen to make the flat look bigger. While high quality and expensive, the choice by the developers was annoyingly wrong and I couldn’t wait to replace them. However, right before I started the process of choosing replacement carpets/tiles/wood, we got a moth infestation. I have only ever seen a moth infestation once – at my friend’s house – but I just assumed that was another filthy boy thing. I didn’t know it could happen to a nice, clean girl like me.
I don’t remember when I saw the first blighter in the house, but I do remember finding holes in my clothes. The yelping! The horror! The drama! I made the mistake of mentioning it to everyone I know and the unhelpful comments came thick and fast. “Oh you can’t get rid of them. No matter how hard you try. You might as well put the flat up for sale now and hope they aren’t fluttering about when people come to view.” “You can get rid of them, but you have to take out every single bit of textile in your house and burn it, sofas and beds included… and remember to be naked in front of the bonfire as you’ll need to burn the clothes you’re wearing once you’re out of the house as well.” “But even then, they can return through microscopic larvae on your nose hair.” Thanks, pals. Thanks for nothing.
Carpet spray
I began researching how to get rid of them. Much googling and sobbing later, I’d bought a carpet moth spray that required us to spray the whole carpet and leave it to dry so we booked a weekend away, moved furniture about and sprayed the heck out of the flat and then left for the weekend so it could dry. It did nothing. Except inconvenience us and smell weird. I felt like we’d sprayed loads of chemicals in our home as well and, quite frankly, Gary’s dodgy homemade vape juice smells is all the fake flower scent I can take in the home. So that was a rather pointless spend of £15.
Of course all this time we were killing moths daily. They’re not at all fast and can’t get away so you can splat them on the wall quickly, causing a horrible smudge on your wall and lots of Lady Macbeth style washing of hands. This was a bit too full-on hand-to-hand combat for me so I was relieved when we were asked whether we’d like to trial Total Wardrobe Care‘s new anti-moth DIY kit. The kit costs £55 so isn’t cheap, but I have clothes worth much, much more than that. Silk saris and cashmere sweaters and even my beloved colourful cotton tunics don’t deserve to go out like that. I’ve had to chuck far more than £55 worth of clothes over the last year, losing it to hungry larvae.
They’re hatching!
Moth larvae will be hatching right about now that the weather has warmed up. Moth breeding season is between May and October so this is the ideal time to tackle them. Part of the beautifully packaged Kit of Ultimate Moth Death (I think they missed a trick by naming it the 100% natural anti-moth DIY kit) is a 100% natural anti-moth spray made from Chrysanthemum flowers. It smells really pleasant and you can do a room at a time in order to delicately and beautifully KILL THEM ALL. 
The company was set up 11 years ago by Moth Nemesis Julia Dee. If I were a moth, I would not ramp with her. In fact, I’d probably pack up the car with the kids and head for the hills. Because, Mr. Moth, if you stay, you will face MOTHMAGEDDON. Below are Julia’s tips for the death and destruction of clothes moths. Also below is a photo of our home’s moth slaughter in the moth box. We’re getting moth-free, man, it’s happening.

Moth box of death.

Is it worth the money? I would say an emphatic yes and I will be replenishing once the stuff sent to us for free runs out (for example, the moth box needs replacing every three months and the wardrobe essential oil wooden diffuser lasts for six months).
Julia’s top tips:
1.    Cleanliness 
Only on-going cleanliness, moth maintenance and garment protection will keep moths away.
• Put clothes away clean.  Always dry clean cashmere
• Long term storage use sealed breathable boxes and bags.
• Re-new anti moth products frequently. 
• Keep a moth box in each room to monitor male moth activity. 
 
2.    Moth management
Tackle one room at a time. To eliminate all living moths from a room, use the chrysanthemum moth spray. Close all windows and doors, remove any fish tanks, pets and children. Spray all areas thoroughly. Under furniture, behind curtains and around the edges of the carpet. Take out all your clothes from the wardrobe and drawers and spray inside. Leave your clothes in the room and this will also kill any moths in your clothes. Wait four hours and the open the door and another four hours the room is ready to use.
 
3.    Infestation in clothes
If you suspect moths in your clothes and see the tell-tale signs, holes and little white trails or tiny rice like cocoons then spray directly into the wardrobe, this will kill everything. Then everything should be dry cleaned or washed if in doubt.
Putting clothes in bags and freezing for a couple of days also works to kill any larvae, but it doesn’t remove the food source which is skin and hair particles and food splats.
 
4.    Protection
To give continual protection all year round use a moth box and moth decoy in each room and replace every three months. The moth decoy attracts the male moth and he gets covered in a powder that only attracts males and puts off the females and so the breeding cycle is interrupted. Place on a shelf or chest of drawers, but not in a draft. At the opposite end of the room place the moth box, under a chest of drawers, chair, or bed, somewhere dark and undisturbed. This has a sticky pheromone paper in a special box and this also attracts the male moth but he gets stuck to the paper and dies. These two together complement one another and help to protect your room.
 
5.    Moth Repellents
The female moth is looking for a dark undisturbed place to eat, mate and lay eggs. So make sure clothes are not put away dirty at the end of the season. Protect natural fabrics by putting knitwear into knitwear bags or storage boxes with some acid free tissue. Hanging garments put into breathable garment bags with Velcro necks that close tightly around the tops of the coat hangers. The lady moth doesn’t like a strong smell so add repellents to the wardrobes and drawers. The essential oil is made from eight natural ingredients that have been historically used around the world to keep moths away. Lavender cedar-wood, patchouli, lemongrass clove, laurel, rosemary and thyme.
It can be used with the little wooden diffuser and placed in the wooden cup, the oil travels up the stick into the ball and gives off a fragrance that we love and moths hate. It’s lasts for six months and then needs to be replaced. 
 
The Total Wardrobe Care anti-moth DIY kit includes 1 bottle of Chrysanthemum spray, 1 moth box, 1 moth decoy 1 wardrobe sachet and 1 essential oil with wooden diffuser.  
Finally, because we’re not species-ist at all here at HappilyTania, here’s a lovely photo of an Atlas moth. We bet this lovely moth wouldn’t eat our cashmere (mainly because it only fucks up plants by yamming them up while a caterpillar).