The scent of mothballs is considered a necessary side effect of any attempt to get rid of moths. But it doesn't have to be that way. There are natural options for keeping moths out of your clothes and closets that smell better and lack the chemicals that are dangerous to you and your children.
Herbs that Repel Moths
- Bay leaves
- Mints (but not peppermint)
- Pepper, black
Moth Repelling Sachets
Rather than putting mothballs in your closets, try hanging a sachet of some of the herbs above. A small bag of gaily printed cotton or plain muslin can be as subtle or decorative as you want for your space.
Mix a cup of dried herbs in a combination that smells pleasing to you. All the above herbs will smell unpleasant to the moths. Place the herbs in the sachet and hang it in your closet. Adding a fixative, such as orris root, will strengthen the scent. You can also add drops of essential oils made from herbs on the list to strengthen the scent.
Scrunch the sachet from time to time to release more of the scent. Replace the sachet yearly to ensure the best protection against moths.