How to Get Rid of Moths

On hot summer nights, any house without screens is fair game for insects. Flying bugs of all types will find their way in and then throw themselves at light bulbs all night long. Usually the biggest and most predominant culprits are moths, leaving spatters of wing dust on everything they bump into like filthy pixies. But there's an easy way to keep down the number of them in your house, the downside is that it requires killing them.

Things You'll Need

  • A large plate
  • Dish soap
  • Water

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Find the brightest light in the house, or the light that most of the moths prefer to crash into.

Set the plate directly under that light so that the light. This works best if the light does not have a base below it, but is in the ceiling or attached from above.

Fill the plate with water. Most plates have a little lip on the sides, and they will be able to hold at least 1/4 inch of water.

Squeeze the dish soap into the water. Do not mix, mixing will cause bubbles. The dish soap is only added to enhance the reflective surface of the water.

The moths can't tell the difference between an actual source of light or its reflection. They will fly into the light bouncing off the water and get stuck. Some moths will still hang around the actual light but this is an easy way to cut down on the number.

Tips & Warnings

  • If possible, just shut the windows or turn off the lights in the house to get rid of moths. Only kill them as a last resort.
  • If the moths aren't buying it, you may need to add more dish soap.
  • Always wash the plate before using it again. Having dish soap sitting in it doesn't mean it counts as clean.
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