Using mothballs is one way to rid your home of moths that eat the fabric of your clothing, but the smell of mothballs can stay in your clothing long after the moths are gone. Natural home remedies are a less offensive alternative to using mothballs to repels the winged insects from your closets and pantry. As with any natural pest control, the natural remedies will require periodic replacement to maintain their potency.
Pour two to three drops of cedar oil onto a piece of cheesecloth, and place the cheesecloth in the pantry or wherever moths reside. Alternatively, cedar chips in cheesecloth may help repel moths from your clothing and pantry goods.
Fill a small, cloth sachet with lavender or eucalyptus leaves and tie the top of the bag tightly. Place the sachet on a shelf in your pantry or closet to keep moths from eating your clothing and food. Place a sachet of eucalyptus leaves or lavender in the pocket of an item of clothing to prevent future damage.
Insert dried lemon peels into your clothing pockets, or in small sachets to keep moths at bay. Lemon peel is a natural moth deterrent that simultaneously freshens your clothing of musty odours.
Grind up two or three cinnamon sticks, and leave the powder exposed in your pantry to repel meal moths.