Seen moths or beetles at home?
These pests are far from dangerous, but the can be very annoying. Both moths and the Norwegian "Majorstua beetle" lay eggs in your clothes, which later hatch and become larvae. The larvae like eating wool and silk – often the nicest and most expensive materials you have in your closet. The small holes they leave behind ruin your clothes.
The occurence of these pests is more normal than you might think. Especially the beetles, which are found in most apartments in Oslo – especially downtown. Luckily, there are a few tricks that can be used to scare them off and stop them from multiplying.
Tips for avoiding beetles:
The brown carpet beetle is its official name, but it is called the "Majorstua beetle" by most Norwegians because it was there it immigrated first. It is a tiny creature that looks like a flaxseed, both in size and color. If you see one it is important to remove it straight away, otherwise it can fly away and lay eggs. In addition to this, you can prevent it from coming with some other good rutines:
- Vacuum regularly; the small beetles love dust, dirt and crumbs. Make sure to get in all the nooks and crannies – this is where they thrive.
- Use lavender! The beetles hate this flower, and it can scare them away. Place small bags with dried lavernder in the same places you keep your wool and silk.
- If you think that the beetles have layed eggs in your clothes, you can freeze them. Both beetles, larvae and eggs die if they are stored below -18°C. Let the clothes stay at this temperature for at least 24 hours.
- Washing the clothing can help rinse out the eggs, but with no guarantee.
Tips for avoiding moths
Have you seen moths fly by in the house? It stands out by being more golden than others and with it's brass wings. To protect your clothes against these insects, you can follow these tips:
- Shake out clothes that are hanging out. Their eggs aren't "glued" to the material, and the will easily fall off if you shake the garment or wear it.
- Lavender also works to scare away moths.
- Moths don't like cedar, and you can scare them away with this scent. You can find it in fragrance balls, rings for hangers and essential oils.
- Freezing can also get rid of moths and their larvae. If you store your clothes at -20°C or colder, both the larvae and eggs will die. We suggest storing them for at least two days, especially if the garment is large.
- Heat treatment is another alternative. If you expose the clothing to heat over 60°C, all stages of moths will die. This takes at least 3-4 hours.