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Have a moth problem? Here’s a simple, no-toxic chemical solution to creating a homemade moth trap to keep the little creatures from taking over your home!
Creating a Homemade Moth Trap
I don’t know about where you live but the moths here on the South Dakota plains are just awful this year. (And most years in the late spring!) Last night we snuck into the house in the dark without turning any lights on and still had a moth infestation of over 30 new moths in the kitchen when we finally did flip on the lights. A swarm of moths attacks our heads every time we head out to the garage.
I have to give my hubby all the credit for this idea. While I was still wondering what to do, he thought he’d heard of something to try so he set up this moth trap.
DIY Moth Trap
To trap all of the moths in your home, we just going to make a simple light trap that will work overnight. You need to create dish soap that will foam up, water, a bowl (or plastic container with a wide opening), and a light. (Note: Homemade Dish Soap will not work well for this trap since it usually does not foam up very much.)
Place the water into the bowl and add in the dish soap. It would help to add the soap while filling with water so the soap foams up. You only need a few inches of water.
Place the bowl under a light. In the house, we put the bowl on the stove and turned the stove light on above it. Turn off all other lights in the area.
Here’s our bowl the next morning. The suds are gone, but the moths are there. No chemical sprays, mothballs, pesticides, repellents, or calls to the exterminator are used. It’s so easy to set up, but it still works! Plus, there is nothing extra to purchase; you can easily set this home remedy up with what’s already in your house to catch all of those adult moths.
Update: It’s now been several years since I made this post and since we began using this DIY Moth Trap solution for removing moths from our home and I’m happy to say that it’s still working! It’s wonderful to have easy, low-cost solutions to common household problems.
To Clean Up After Moths
If you have a lot of moth dust from their wings in your home after the moth invasion, here’s what to do.
Use a spray bottle of your favorite cleaner or homemade cleaner to wipe any solid surfaces down with a clean rag.
Vacuum any carpets and then mix up some Homemade Carpet Cleaner to run through a carpet shampooer (or just do a spot clean) to ensure your carpets are cleaned.
DIY Moth Traps for Pantry Moths
Please note, this DIY Moth Trap solution described above is for the miller type of moths, it will not work for pantry moths. If you are dealing with a pantry moth situation, here are some ideas that can help.
- Clean your pantry shelves with a vinegar solution such as my homemade All Purpose Cleaner and add some lavender essential oils into it. They will dislike the smell.
- Hang sticky flypaper in your pantry to catch the moths.
- If you have a reoccurring issue, try adding some cedar lining into your pantry.
- Dry mint leaves from your garden and hang them in little mesh baggies (sachets) inside of your pantry. Other herbs and scents may work as well.
- Spread some food-grade diatomaceous earth outside around any cracks and crevices in your home where they might be getting in. Use peppermint essential oil around gaps in the windows and doors.
- If none of those ideas work, you can also buy Pantry Moth Traps on Amazon.
Have you ever had a moth problem and tried this moth trap?
Merissa has been blogging about and living the simple life since 2009 and has internationally published 2 books on the topic. You can read about Merissa’s journey from penniless to the 100-acre farm and ministry on the About Page. You can send her a message any time from the Contact Page.
This post on how to create a Homemade Moth Trap was originally published on Little House Living in May 2012. It has been updated as of June 2023.