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Mottlock Moth Box effective pheromone moth trap

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Mottlock Moth Box effective pheromone moth trap

(16 customer reviews)


This is one of the most effective pheromone moth traps on the market. There are two aspects to moth control: deter or destroy. This product comes rather satisfyingly into the latter category. It sends out a scent which the male moth thinks is a lady moth wanting to mate….he homes in on the smell, only to find it’s a sticky trap and he’s been tricked. It’s not kind but think of your cashmere and carry on.

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How to catch moths with a pheromone moth trap

The Mottlock Moth Trap consists of a box with an optional hanger, a piece of sticky card with integrated pheromones, and full instructions. Simply pop the box together (it comes flat packed so it doesn’t get squashed in the post), peel the cover off a single sticky strip down the back to hold it in place in the box, and peel the protective layer off the front of the sticky card. Carefully, holding onto the non-sticky corner, insert it into the box and you’re ready to trap moths. You can slide the hanger piece through the top and hang it in a wardrobe, or hang it discreetly in a room, or even slide it under the sofa to attract moths that might be thinking of homing in on your wool rugs.
Each trap will be detected within a space of around 70 cubic metres. This is equivalent to one generously proportioned room or two smallish ones. It’s a good idea to have several traps distributed around the home.
Remember, the moth trap will only kill the male moths, and it’s the females laden with eggs that are going to drop a load somewhere where they can hatch into larvae and eat holes in your wool, silk, feathers and fur. The pheromone trap is part of a repertoire of products to manage moths in the home. The trick with this trap is to catch the male moths before they get the opportunity to mate, thus breaking the breeding cycle.

How to control clothes moths in the home

First of all, are you absolutely sure the moth in your home is a clothes moth? There are three species of moth in the UK whose larvae eat material with keratin in (that is, wool, silk, fur, feathers). There are hundreds of different species of moth, and most of them are completely harmless. The Mottlock moth trap emits pheromones that only attract the clothes moth and the case-bearing moth so if you set the trap and you are catching moths then yes, there are clothes moths in your home. The other one to look out for is the pale-backed clothes moth – that responds to other pheromones so if it looks like there’s a slightly larger moth munching your woollens then you’ll probably need one of our Chimney Sheep traps that attracts the pale-backed clothes moth and the common clothes moth.

Be strategic

If you discover moths in the home it’s tempting to purchase every anti-moth product you can find and try them all out at once. However this will confuse the moths as you are attracting them with one and repelling them with another. You need to be more cunning than that. The repellent products are better deployed once you have destroyed adult moths and their larvae. Then it is time to deter moths. Use the Mottlock Moth trap to kill the adult males. Use the Pistal professional insecticide with care on adult female moths and hatched larvae. This is made of an extract of chrysanthemums called pyrethrin, which is similar to the synthetic permethrins which are widely used in insect control. It is a natural product, is approved for organic use, and will become inactive after two to three days but while it is active it is lethal to all insects, even the beneficial ones, so this must be used with extreme caution.

Be thorough

OK so you’re on a mission to de-moth your house, you think you’ve got all the adults, but what if some of them have managed to lay their eggs already? This is where the hard work comes in. You need to do a thorough clean, wash wool and silk items on a wool wash, get them dry-cleaned if necessary. Don’t forget your sock drawer if you have pure wool socks and don’t forget your undies if you have pure silk underwear. You can put things in the freezer if it’s easier.
If you have wool rugs then these need to be vacuumed and cleaned underneath (the larvae are clever little beasts and can sneak under the rug where a vacuum won’t reach). Regular carpet shampoo products will not kill moth eggs so if the rug can handle the heat then steam clean it, if not then vacuum top and bottom. And replace the hoover bag / empty the contents if it’s bagless into a sealed bag.

Detect, destroy, deter

Having gone to all that trouble you don’t want to be doing it all over again. Once you’re sure you’ve got the moths and their eggs under control, it’s time to get the deterrents out. We have a very pleasant smelling lavender wardrobe hanger that is effective for six months. We also have a spray containing Neem extract which you can spray directly onto garments that you specifically want to protect. These should prevent moths from being tempted to approach these items as a safe place to lay their eggs, so long as they are re-charged every six months or so.


While deploying the deterrents, it’s recommended to have several Mottlock Moth traps deployed in strategic locations to check whether there are any repeat visitors. They are common in the wild (where they do a useful job of biodegrading material that would otherwise take a long time to break down) so if they are in the area they may decide to pop in for a visit. Use the moth trap somewhere away from the deterrents to keep an eye on things and prevent Mr Moth from getting lucky with any Mrs Moths that may be around. We sell refill packs for the boxes so you can keep using the box and just replace the sticky trap every three months.

16 reviews for Mottlock Moth Box effective pheromone moth trap

  1. R Hardwick

    They actually catch moths

    Judging by the number of moths stuck to mine they do work. Very speedy delivery from Chimney Sheep. (great company name)

  2. Kari Koonin

    Working well

    So far so good – lots being caught! Very effective and easy to use.

  3. Dave Lowe

    Great product. I ordered them for the third time

    Great product. I ordered them for the third time. Of course, after a while, the moths are coming back or new ones are coming and I have to renew the Mottenbox.

  4. Grant Garden

    The only one which actually works!


  5. Eileen

    It just works.

    I just hung it up and the next day three of these little pests were stuck to it. Now look at it. I really recommend this product and I am about to buy more as the weather hots up.

    Mottlock Moth Box effective pheromone moth trap
  6. Stephen A

    Mottlock wins hands down.

    Mottlock over 100 moths, Rentokil 7. These were placed alongside each other for three months on a mantlepiece.

    Mottlock Moth Box effective pheromone moth trap
  7. Bookworm

    Takes a while to work be patient

    Took a few weeks to work on carpet moths, moved position to a dark corner, once trapped one, seemed to work on others, tiny ones as well as full grown. Good price too. Sliding sticky pad into container tricky if you get stuck to it!

  8. Beelittlebee

    Brilliant Solution to an Annoying Problem

    Moth Infestation? Buy this! It really does work. I’ve only had it a week and it already has about 15 moths on. I like the fact there are no nasties or grim smells – nothing toxic. I can’t recommend this highly enough. Used them a few years ago and it totally eradicated the critters! The males get stuck to the box, which then kills off the population. Sounds cruel but it has to be done – they’d ruined my best Ugg boots! Just hang these up in wardrobes and I promise it will do the trick. Easy to use and no mess!

  9. Elaine F

    Does the job catching the male moths. Have just ...

    Does the job catching the male moths. Have just ordered a second pack. Trying to avoid an expensive de-infestation job. Am impressed how many moths they catch.

  10. Anne W

    Five Stars

    Brilliant – after trying various sprays/hanging repellants etc. this really works..

  11. Martha S.

    Essential for anyone with a moth problem.

    If you feel you have a moth problem, these are essential. We’ve caught…I think 14 moths in one, 11 in another and probably about 6 in the third. When you consider that’s over 30 male moths taken out of the equation, I am happy these traps have cut off additional breeding and have been worth the expense. Remember: they only catch males, so the females are still an issue. And actually, the larvae are your biggest issue, because they’re what’s eating your sofa/carpets/clothing etc. If you already have an infestation, you can’t expect these traps to deal with everything – their purpose is really to prevent further infestation. So you’re still going to have to get that vacuum out and vacuum everything regularly, as well as maybe purchasing some additional products. One thing for sure though: we will be buying more of these and are grateful they have stopped our problem from being even worse than it is.

  12. Mr Creosote

    Four Stars

    these do actually appear to work – dozens of the little blighters have been attracted to their doom.

  13. Jill Smith

    Five Stars

    Excellent trap for moths.

  14. R. Iain F. Brown

    Good, but not the best

    Good, but not the best

  15. cliff

    Costly bits of paper!

    They do catch some moths but they are not super efficient for the price they cost. We did not think something so modest and basic would have cost so much. But useful nevertheless and an addition to our anti-moth preventatives. Is there any magic solution?

  16. Dave_sw1

    Five Stars

    several of the little flying bastards are now dead and stuck to this rather than eating my clothes

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