FAQs: About MothPrevention Clothes & Carpet Moth Traps

At MothPrevention we know that finding moths in your home can feel violating and even embarrassing. The damage that can result from leaving moths untreated can be expensive, leaving clothing, carpets and other precious textiles in need of repair or even disposal/replacement.

Good news! Our MothPrevention Clothes Moth & Carpet Moth Traps are a premium grade solution to your moth problem. When used correctly they are safe to use and an efficient product for removing the textile moths from your home.

Our MothPrevention Moth Traps are designed to effectively stop the moth life cycle and defend your home against further damage. The following FAQs will help you to understand how to use moth traps to maximise their effectiveness, and ultimately remove the textile moths from within your home - providing peace of mind for you and your family.

1. How many traps do I need?

This can depend on the size of space to be monitored, where you’ve seen moths, or simply where you have concern for cherished clothes or other textiles! We recommend starting with one trap in each area, monitor for a period of time and take it from there.

2. How much space will a single moth trap monitor/protect?

We recommend placing at least one trap within an average sized room of approximately 12x12ft. You may wish to place a trap in your wardrobe as well as in the room if you see any moths flying or hiding within.

3. I’ve read that you cannot place more than one trap in the same room as it confuses the moths! Is this true?

No, this is not the case - Any adult male moths will simply go to the trap they are nearest to. There will be no confusion!

4. How do I assemble my moth traps?

By following these 5 simple steps:

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!

5. Is it easy to peel the protective paper away from the glue strip?

Yes - Simply place your strips in the fridge for 1 hour to chill them slightly. Then the paper will release from the glue without too much resistance.

6. I’ve got some glue on my hands - How do I remove it?

Firstly, please don’t panic! Just a gentle rub with some vegetable oil and then soap & water is all you need. You may need to repeat, but don’t worry - the glue is non-toxic.

7. Do I need to add “moth bait” to my traps?

No. Our traps already have a pheromone attractant embedded within the glue strip. As soon as the protective paper is removed your traps will be active and ready to capture adult male textile moths for 3 months.

8. How long will my traps last?

Once opened and the protective paper is removed your traps will remain active for 3 months. Newly purchased traps carry an expiry date of approximately 2-3 years. You can find the expiry date on the back of the pheromone board packaging.

9. Do I need to use traps all year round?

The season for moths tends to be from early Spring to late Autumn. Moth activity is largely determined by the weather and it tends to decline when the weather gets cold! However, with most of us turning up our heating and keeping our homes warm through the winter months it is possible that any larvae in our homes might continue to feed, pupate, and emerge as moths! At MothPrevention we recommend keeping traps in place throughout the Winter so that you can monitor for this kind of activity, act accordingly, and keep moths under control.

10. Where is the best place to position traps?

11. What do I do once I have traps in place?

Check on your traps every week to begin with. We recommend keeping note of the date you first set your traps and keep track of the moths caught by putting a dot next to them with a black marker pen.

12. Why are my traps not catching anything?

There can be a number of reasons for this. Not all are bad!:

13. When should I replace the sticky strips within my traps?

There are two main reasons for replacing your sticky strips:

We sell Moth Trap Refills so that you can reuse your Moth Trap boxes.

14. Which moths will be attracted to my traps?

Our traps are designed to attract the four main types of male textile moth (Clothes & Carpet Moth). No other moth type or other insect will be attracted.

Moths attracted by MothPrevention Moth Traps are the:

For more information and pictures about the moths above please read our Blog Post: Identifying Clothes & Carpet Moths.

15. Will all species of moth be attracted to my traps?

No. The pheromones contained within the glue of our traps will only attract the male moth species listed in Step 14.

16. Will moth larvae be attracted and caught?

No. Moth traps only attract the adult male flying moths. Female moths, larvae, eggs and non-pest type moths will not be attracted.

17. Will any other insects be caught by my traps?

Possibly. Although traps are designed to only attract active male moths, the dead moths that will collect on the glue can be attractive to other insects. As the glue is very sticky, untargeted insects may get stuck during their quest to reach a dead moth!

18. I’m finding damage to clothes/carpets/textiles! Will moth traps stop more damage from occurring?

Not on their own. Our traps are very useful and will greatly help to prevent and slow down an infestation, however they only attract the adult male textile moths - they will not attract/kill the larvae that are causing the damage to your textiles.

If you are finding damage to your textiles you need to target the larvae and eggs. That requires a Clothes Moth Killer Kit or Carpet Moth Killer Kit.

19. I’m seeing moths, but I’m not catching any! Why is this?

It could be that you need to consider the placement of your traps. Please read Step 10 & 12 for help with positioning your traps to best effect.

Or, it may be that the environmental conditions within your home are not ideal for moths at this point in time. Moths need the right conditions to want to breed so they can give their offspring the best chance of survival. Like a lot of insects they only get one chance at reproducing, and once they breed they die. They need conditions to be warmer and preferably humid, with an adequate food source for their larvae.
To conclude, if male moths are not ready to breed they will not be drawn towards the pheromones emitted by female moths or traps!

20. Am I safe to use traps where I have children and/or pets?

Our traps are completely non-toxic and safe for you to use in any room of your home. However, please keep them out of reach of children and away from where your pets may go - the glue on our traps is very sticky.

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