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Clothes Moth Prevention Tip For Summer

We are at that time of the year when clothes moths are most active. They are, in fact, active all year round, thanks to modern central heating. But Spring through to Summer is when they pose the biggest threat. Although they are harmless enough when it comes to us as humans, it’s our clothes and that are at risk.

If you are interested in learning some clothes moth prevention tips for the summer months, you’ve come to the right place.

Before we talk about some sure-fire moth prevention tips, though, there are a few things you should know about moths and their habits.

There are Different Types of Moth Problems

Unlike the other type of moths – the ones that are attracted to lights – clothes moths are the exact opposite. Preferring the undisturbed and darker parts of your home, like your cupboards and wardrobes. The curious thing is that adult moths don’t have developed mouths. So, it is not the moth itself, but  the moth larvae, that make holes in clothes.

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Holes in clothes are just one sign that you’ve got a moth problem. Others to look out for include cocoons and webbing around the corners of your cupboards and wardrobes. Also look out for moth-eaten carpet and rugs, or holes in soft furnishings.

So, what is Effective for Moth Prevention?

The number one things that clothes moths are attracted to are human body oil, hair and sweat. Once they’ve been left on our clothing, that is. This is especially true if they are made from natural fibres such as silk, fur, feathers and wool.

  • Wash Clothes

The first thing would be to make sure to wash clothes before storing them away. If possible, it’s best to store clothes in plastic containers or airtight bags. Carboard boxes are easy work for moths

  • Utilise the Power of Cedar

One thing clothes moths don’t like is cedar, meaning this is the perfect repellent for these destructive insects. Hang all-natural fibre garments on cedar hangers and use cedar wood items in pockets.

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  • Regularly Vacuum

Remember, clothes moths will also lay their eggs in carpets, so it’s a good idea to make it a habit to regularly hoover, if you don’t already.

  • Ventilate Your Wardrobes

We’ve already noted that clothes moths love dark and warm places, therefore it’s important to ensure your wardrobe has adequate ventilation.

Contact a Pest Control Specialist

If you are finding it difficult to get rid of clothes moths, even using our moth prevention tips, it may be time to call in a professional. Diamond are experienced and have a successful track record with moths of any kind. Call us fast before they become a full on infestation.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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