On Wikipedia, it is said that

Dried and sealed in pouches, lavender flowers are placed among stored items of clothing to give a fresh fragrance and to deter moths.

I know many people do it. Has this been tested to actually deter the moths? How effective is it?


According to the US Department of Agriculture, Bulletin 707: Results of Experiments with miscellaneous substances against bedbugs, cockroaches, clothes moths, and carpet beetles.:

Effect on clothes-moth adults. — Lavender flowers, cayenne pepper, and allspice are of no value in preventing moth infestation.
Cloves and oil of lavender were effective in protecting flannel from moth infestation.

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    The source is nearly a hundred years old :D I guess not much has changed since then.
    – Turion
    Mar 22 '16 at 12:04

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