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How To Stop A Clothes Moth Infestation

Are you currently dealing with a clothes moth infestation? If you are, don’t worry. Although these pests may seem impossible to get rid of, that’s not necessarily the case. Eliminating a clothes moth infestation is actually a lot easier than people think.

These pests can be a huge problem. We get a lot of calls for moth control in London at this time of year. The reason why is because they cause such a lot of damage to clothing. No one wants their wardrobe destroyed by pests. This is especially true if you have invested a lot of money into these items. But what can you do about a clothes moth infestation?

What to do for a clothes moth infestation now

It is important to do moth prevention in summer, as this is the worst season for infestations. You need to find out early on if you actually have clothes moths. When examining your clothes, don’t just look for holes.

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In addition, see if there are any tiny whitish colour tubes in the folds and creases of clothes. These are the cases left behind by moth larvae.

Store clothing securely and thin your wardrobe

Most people have far too much clothing. More than they can possibly wear. Musty, poorly stored clothing attracts moths. And, because you rarely wear this clothing, it means that the moths can breed and feed without being disturbed. To prevent a clothes moth infestation, get rid of the clothes you rarely wear.

If you’re not planning on regularly wearing certain clothes, they should be stored away. First get the clothes dry cleaned. Then put them away in a sealed moth proof bag. You need to make sure that the bag is tough enough to keep moths out.

Keep your clothes and wardrobe tidy and clean

Moths are not only attracted to clothing. They are also drawn in by the scent of bodily fluids on the clothes. Once you’ve worn an item of clothing for long enough, it becomes impregnated with oils from your body.

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These oils attract moths. This is why you need to wash your clothes as often as possible. Also, never pack away clothes before they have been washed.

Vacuum and clean your clothes area as often as possible. Make sure to routinely inspect your cupboard for moths. Also clean and vacuum the area around your clothing. Moths affect carpets in your home too, so vacuuming helps with this as well.

According to studies, moths prefer clothes that are stacked together. This provides them with a quiet dark place where they can breed and feed without being noticed. To minimise the risk of a clothes moths infestation, you should hang instead of stack. This gives the moths fewer places to hide.


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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