How to get rid of clothes moths

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How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths

Moth season is fast approaching and lasts from May until October. May sees the start of moths making a meal of your clothes and carpets. Vogue has spoken to experts about some simple and mostly inexpensive strategies to get rid of the pest. Watch for tell-tale holes in your cashmere sweater or silk scarf, and protect expensive carpets from damage. Read the Vogue guide for getting rid of clothes moths on Vogue’s list of tips to keep them at bay.

SIGNS OF A CLOTHES MOTH INFESTATION

Some of the signs of a clothing moth infestation include damage caused by the larvae. Clothing moths generally seek out animal-based fabrics, fur, hair, leather, feathers and taxidermy. The larvae of these bugs will also eat lint, dust, cotton and linen because these oils are often saturated with tasty oils. The signs aren’t usually apparent until you discover damage wrought by the clothes moth larvae. If you have an infestation of clothing moths, it will probably be difficult to find out if you have a problem in your home.

Deep clean your wardrobe

Detergent-soaked cloth covers surfaces with detergent to kill larvae. Freeze anything you can fit on your freezer shelves, kill larvae in sub-zero temperatures. Freeze clothes in plastic bags prior to freezing to avoid condensation build-up in the freezer. Clean all of your clothes (and curtains and upholstery, too) wash or dry clean your clothes, then dry clean all of the upholstains and curtains in a dryer or dry cleaner. Freeze your clothes for 48 hours in a plastic bag, but don’t put them in there f…

Why do Clothes Moth Larvae eat Natural Fibers?

The perfect environment for a clothes moth infestation would be a dark, dusty, undisturbed closet with animal-based natural fibre clothing. Keratin is the protein in animal fibers which provides nutrition for clothes moth larvae to eat. Clothes moth larvae need energy to grow and pupate in order to turn into adult clothes moths. Adult clothes moth moths cannot eat – they live a very short lifespan purely with the intent of reproducing. Closets in spare bedrooms and attics are prime clothes moth breeding locations.

Will Freezing kill clothes moth larvae and eggs?

Freezing is the most cost effective method for dealing with a clothes moth infestation. The larvae and eggs will remain in your clothing even if they have been killed. The recommended steps for freezing your clothes to kill your clothes are: Freeze your clothes and clean them. You may want to follow-up with cleaning of those particular garments to remove them. Remember that the larva and eggs may remain in the clothing even though they’re no longer alive…

By Travis Amos

My house is my castle, and there is no space for unwanted neighbors.

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