Clothes moths are a more common pest than people think. And because moths are silent pests, the infestation can go unnoticed for long periods of time. Without people knowing the moths are destroying their precious fabrics. A little-known fact about clothes moths is that the grown moth does not consume the fabrics. In fact, it is the moth larvae that do this damage. Clothes moth larvae are more attracted to natural fibres. Like wool, mohair, cashmere, fur and feathers. Wouldn’t you know they prefer expensive stuff? So, this is why it is imperative that all individuals be vigilant when it comes to this pest. To help with this, we have put together our top 5 tips to help you avoid a clothes moth infestation.
1. Always wash clothes to prevent clothes moths infestation
Perspiration and food stains attract clothes moths to certain items of clothing. Washing, ironing and putting away clothes properly will go a long way to avoiding a moth infestation.
2. Store clothes properly
Many people seasonally store clothes. However, there is a right and wrong way of doing this. And doing it wrong is a recipe for disaster. If you are storing clothes away, firstly, make sure they are clean. As we mentioned in point one, perspiration and food stains attract moths. Secondly, ensure to place the clothes in airtight containers. Or plastic garment bag. Something moths cannot penetrate. And finally, don’t forget to check your stored items every few months. Ensuring a rogue moth didn’t slip into the storage container. In the event that it did, regular checking could be the difference between slight damage and complete destruction of your clothes.
3. Keep storage areas dry and well-ventilated
Clothes moths love damp conditions. Therefore, it is important to keep any areas where you store materials dry and well-ventilated. We would even recommend using dehumidifiers in wardrobes and other clothes storage areas. Especially if you live in a home that is prone to dampness.
4. Maintain a clean home
Maintaining a clean home goes a long way in preventing this type of infestation. Therefore, regular dusting and vacuuming are essential. And be sure not to miss areas such as behind radiators and under furniture, or any cracks and crevices within your home. Additionally, don’t forget wardrobes, and other clothing storage areas. Including storage cupboards, drawers and hot presses.
5. Check for bird infestations
Check attic spaces for bird nests. Especially before storing any textiles. Nesting birds cause secondary infestations. And moth infestations are one of the more common infestations. The nests don’t have to be from an active infestation. It can be an old, long abandoned nest. However, we would still recommend a professional insecticidal spray before storing anything in the attic.
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