Get rid of moths with these moth prevention tips…
Clothes moths can cause havoc in your home and feed on your favourite garments. If you have a moth infestation, or have had one in the past, follow these simple moth prevention tips to keep your wardrobe free from clothes moths.
1. The clothes moth clean out
Clothes moths want to eat, mate and lay eggs! They like dark dusty undisturbed corners. Therefore the first step in eliminating a moth infestation is to remove everything from your wardrobe and drawers. Wash what can be washed and dry clean everything else (including bed drapes and curtains). Vacuum your wardrobe, drawers, carpets, floors and all surrounding areas thoroughly. Then wash with soap and water, inside the wardrobe and drawers.
2. Keeping it clean
Moths love the food proteins in wool and especially love the food, skin and hair particles we leave behind. Do not put dirty or even once worn clothes back in the wardrobe. This is what clothes moths feed on. They don’t like the taste of dry cleaning fluid so if you are storing out-of-season clothes, dry-clean them first.
3. Clothing storage
Put clothes back into the wardrobe clean. Store out of season garments in Total Wardrobe Care breathable cotton garment storage bags. Do not store in plastic, as the fabrics need to be able to breathe. Our cotton storage bags are also washable.
For folded items use a Total Wardrobe Care storage box lined in acid-free tissue. Don’t store your clothes in an overheated or damp attic, cellar or storage unit. Put your storage box in a spare room on top of a cupboard or, better still, in a clean cupboard with a firmly shut door.
4. Moth repellent products
Once you get rid of moths you must ensure that they don’t return, by using moth prevention products. The key to using anti-moth products is to replace them every season.
Place Total Wardrobe Care moth repellent hanging sachets on the rails of the wardrobe, spaced about 40-50cm apart.
Line your shelves and draws with drawer liners (naturally scented).
Have a large bowl of Total Wardrobe Care natural herb pot pourri in the room or on the floor of your wardrobe and stir it often. We also have a moth prevention essential oil diffuser to hang or stick inside your wardrobe. This will give off a scent that humans love and moths hate.
5. Season change
Keep a check on your clothes and look out for holes caused by clothes moths. Every season have a mini clean out. Replace your moth repellent products. This will help keep your wardrobe fresh clean and moth-free.