Obsessed with: Moth Traps

Tineola bisselliella. Clothing moths: the scourge of the fiber crafter.

Traditional moth solutions are either horribly toxic or not all that effective.  (Moth balls – bad bad bad.) (Cedar, eucalyptus, weird scented soaps – they might discourage moths taking up residence, but if they’ve already moved in, they’re not going to help all that much.)

These, on the other hand, actually help.

Image borrowed from the Lee Valley Hardware site – these are their version. Others look similar.

Sticky moth traps. They use pheromones to attract the moths. They are totally without scent, and child and pet-safe. (Although they are very very sticky. I managed to get one stuck to the carpet once.)

In Canada, you can get them from Lee Valley Hardware. In the US, the ‘Safer’ brand is readily available.  They need replacing every three months or so, but they’re inexpensive, very easy to use, very safe and very effective.

Haley wrote a truly outstanding post on the Zen of Making blog about dealing with a moth infestation, and prevention.  Go read it.

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7 thoughts on “Obsessed with: Moth Traps

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  2. Lalaroo

    They’re not entirely pet safe. If your pet gets a paw stuck on one, they hurt like crazy to unstick! Happened to a guinea pig of mine, and for the rest of her life she had a reddish place on the foot that had been stuck.

  3. Suzalele

    I used to use the, “Safer,” brand and they do a right good job. However much cheaper and equally as effective is the “Harris Pantry Moth Traps.”. No affil. Took my kitchen down to the bare studs, replaced the insulation. tossed all the food, and still the following summer those moths came back. Thank goodness for those Moth traps for I would otherwise be living in an apiary of moths!

  4. Kate

    A note to Suzalele: Pantry moths and clothes moths are different creatures, so you do need different traps.

    Glad to hear there’s a good solution for the pantry moths, too!

  5. Bethany

    FYI, if you or your pet gets stuck on a sticky pad, pour a little vegetable oil on it. The adhesive dissolves in oil.

    Sticky pads, incidentally, are great at keeping bugs from crawling up through your vents. My parents catch a few scorpions and brown recluse spiders a month on sticky traps placed in their vents.

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