The falene at home they can represent a very frequent presence, especially in the hottest seasons of the year. Despite the false legends that still circulate about these lepidotteri, moths are normally harmless insects for humans, as well as common butterflies.
However, as they are often present within the home in the evening, they can generate annoyances from their disordered fluttering, often near light sources. But what are the natural remedies to eliminate them easily, while respecting their needs?
There are many natural methods that can be put in place for keep moths away from the house, without however killing them. Here are some tips, as well as some information on these unique insects.
Moths: characteristics and health risks
As mentioned at the beginning, moths are moths that are normally harmless to humans: the great majority of known varieties do not sting mammals, nor do they secrete poisonous or irritating substances. The only species known to feed on blood, like the communes mosquitoes, is that of Calyptra thalictri.
Also referred to as vampire moth, it is not usual to attack the man, so much so that there are no cases of bites ascertained in Italy. In any case, this insect secretes no poison. More dangerous, however, is the presence of caterpillars and larvae: some species, such as the classic processionary moth, can be irritating to the skin.
Moths: why do they enter the house?
Moths, also known as night butterflies, are insects belonging to the Lepidoptera family. In the world there are more than 16,000 species, of which about 200 are endemic to Italy. They are characterized by variable sizes, a more stocky body than that of butterflies and, above all, by the absence of the bright colors of the latter.
These insectsin fact, they have evolved assuming greyish, brown or darker shades, since their maximum activity is nocturnal: in this way, they can more easily camouflage themselves.
Most common in hot periods of the year, especially in summer, these moths tend to concentrate inside homes, causing minor annoyances. Their presence is determined by light sources artificial – from chandeliers to televisions – such as to alter their visual abilities, often to the point of disorienting them. This is precisely the reason that prompts insects to fly in a circular motion around the bulbs, often burning themselves.
Moths in the house: natural remedies
Removing the moths from the rooms in which you stay, without the need to kill, is usually a simple operation. The most immediate method to avoid the presence of these insects in the house is, as you can easily guess, that of installing mosquito nets on the windows.
If this is not possible, it is often sufficient to wave a newspaper, just enough to create a small one air displacement: the moth could perceive a dangerous situation in belonging, thus escaping from open windows. Furthermore, it can be useful to limit the light sources inside the rooms, preferring the dark or a very soft light.
On the front of natural remedies, among the most effective are the gerani: the typical scent of these flowers is unwelcome to most insects, including moths. Consequently, it will be sufficient to embellish the windowsills of the rooms where the problem is more frequent.
Again, these insects do not seem to like other smells, such as that of tobacco or orange, then essences such as lavender or the Tea Tree Oil, as well as Marseille soap and baking soda. The soap can be grated into flakes and added in a small bowl together with the baking soda, to be placed on the windows.
For essences and oils, however, you can simply apply a few drops on a cotton swab. Furthermore, the same fragrances can be diffused in the environment through incense, however, a very effective method for warding off moths.
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