How To Maximise The Effectiveness of Your Moth Traps

May 04, 2021

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How Moth Traps Work:


How To Assemble Our Moth Traps:

Assembly of our traps could not be simpler. Just a few simple steps and you’re ready to get rid of the moths in your home.

Assemble the Moth Trap Box
Step 1 - Assemble the Moth Trap Box
Peel the Front Cover from the Pheromone Board
Step 2 - Peel the Front Cover from the Pheromone Board
Peel the Back Cover from the Pheromone Board
Step 3 - Peel the Back Cover from the Pheromone Board
Insert the Pheromone Board into the Box
Step 4 - Insert the Pheromone Board into the Box

Insert the Hanger if required for closets – You’re good to go!
Step 5 - Insert the Hanger if required for closets – You’re good to go!


Where To Position Moth Traps:

Clothes Moths & Carpet Moths are sensitive to certain environments. For your clothes moth traps to work as effectively as possible it’s important to consider the following when positioning them:

  1. Where possible place traps at between 3-6 ft high. This is the flight height of the male moth
  2. Position traps in ‘quiet’ areas. Moths prefer to be where they can remain undisturbed. You increase your chances of catching moths by placing traps in ‘low traffic’ areas of your home
  3. Keep traps away from direct light or draughts. Moths are nocturnal and like to be in dark, still places - where your trap should be! 
  4. Avoid cancelling out the effectiveness of ‘ATTRACTING’ Moth Traps by keeping them away from any moth ‘REPELLENTS’ that you may have. Moth repellents are products such as lavender sachets or cedar wood
  5. If placing traps on a rail within a closet make sure that the closet is not overcrowded with garments. There should be space within the closet for air to circulate freely - allowing the pheromones within the traps to flow around the closet and attract the moths within.
  6. Don’t be afraid to move traps around if they are not catching! If after a week you’ve not caught any moths on a trap consider moving it to a new location. It's always worth moving them around to try their effectiveness in a different part of the room

We understand that it can be a frustration and feel like an invasion when you have moths in your home - you’ll want them gone immediately! But traps can sometimes take time to attract and catch the adult males. Please consider that if you go around killing the moths in your home you will ultimately reduce available moths to juveniles. Juveniles will not be attracted to your traps until they mature - Killing moths by hand will affect your catch rate and not help you with moth monitoring.


Using Traps To Monitor For Moth Activity:

Your traps will help you twofold:

  1. They will remove the male moths from the breeding cycle - slowing down the rate at which the moths can create the next generation
  2. They will allow you to monitor the amount of moths being caught on your traps over time.  We recommend that you keep a diary of moths caught over time - this will help you to understand whether your infestation is growing, remaining about the same, or hopefully in decline. Anything other than in decline means that you should consider additional cleaning or further investigation - See our Blog Post How To Stop Moths Eating Your Clothes - 10 Steps To Clothes Moth Prevention for help in this area


You Might See Moths, But Not Be Catching Anything:

Please keep in mind that traps only capture adult male textile moths. If you have juvenile, female or non-textile moths in your home they will not be attracted to your traps - for this reason it is possible to see moths, but not catch moths.

There may be a lull in the ‘Life Cycle’! Simply put, larvae will only pupate and hatch as moths when the conditions are right! This means that you may see a lot of moths at a point in time, nothing for a while afterwards, and then repeat! This can be influenced by the weather, seasons and how warm your home is. 

The moth cycle will slow down during the late Autumn/Fall through to early Spring as the weather gets colder. A reduction in the number of moths caught does not mean that your traps are not working for you - You’ve just monitored a Lull in the Life Cycle! 

moth life cycle

Importantly, within our cosy homes during winter the weather outside does not always have such an impact on slowing down insect activity. Moth larvae might continue to pupate and hatch as moths from late Fall through to next Spring! For this reason we recommend keeping traps ‘active’ by replacing any old Strips with new Replacement Strips every 3 months.

Allow time, be patient, reposition, monitor, respond.


Our Traps Are Refillable

Unlike other brands our Moth Traps are reusable / refillable! You can use our Moth Trap boxes again and again.

Refills are always readily available, guaranteed to save you money, and mean that you can always have traps in place to protect your home.

Changing your old strips for new ones is quick, simple and clean. And, you can easily recycle your old strips - No plastic and no toxic content to worry about.

clothes moth traps

Clothes Moth & Carpet Moth Trap Refills - 6 Pack


What If You’ve Found Damage Or Larvae?

Although Moth Traps are vital to breaking the breeding cycle you sadly cannot always remove an established moth infestation with traps alone. Finding holes in your woollens or loose fibres around the edge of carpet is an identifier that you have moth larvae in your home. An established infestation of moth larvae requires a different type of treatment to remove them. We have created our Clothes Moth Killer Kits & Carpet Moth Killer Kits precisely for this purpose. Containing professional grade sprays, powders and our traps they are a comprehensive solution to removing moths, larvae and eggs.

Please do reach out to our Customer Service Team if you need more advice before selecting a Kit. Alternatively, you can find out more about our Kits here:

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Clothes Moth Killer Kits
carpet moth killer kit
Carpet Moth Killer Kits


For information about why you should choose MothPrevention Moth Traps please read this post: Why Choose MothPrevention Moth Traps.

We’re always here for you - if you need further help and / or guidance, or not seeing the results you’re expecting please reach out to us

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