Get rid of moths with these moth prevention tips
Clothes moths feed on natural fibres and can therefore be found on clothes or soft furnishing and cause havoc throughout your home, but it is often the wardrobe, where they feed on your favourite garments, that they are first discovered. Clothes moths are particularly attracted to wardrobes and chests of drawers because they are dark and easy to hide in. This sort of furniture provides them with a constant food source and little disturbance.
If you have a moth infestation or wish to prevent a past infestation from coming back, follow these simple moth prevention tips to keep your wardrobe free from clothes moths.
1) The clothes moth clean out
Clothes moths like to breed in dark, dusty, undisturbed corners. Therefore the first step is to give you wardrobe a deep clean. Remove everything from your wardrobe and drawers. Wash what can be washed and dry clean everything else. To be safe, this includes bedding, drapes and curtains which are in the same room.
Vacuum your wardrobe, drawers, carpets, floors and all surrounding areas thoroughly. Then you can either choose to wash the inside of the wardrobe and drawers with soap and water or if you have an ongoing infestation, spray the inside of your wardrobe with Chrysanthemum Moth Spray. This will help kill off any larvae and eggs that may be present.
Tip: Steam is also very effective in killing moth larvae. If your home has been troubled with multiple or prolonged moth infestations it may be worth investing in a steamer.
2) Keeping it clean
Moths feed on protein, so keratin which is found in natural fibres, such as cashmere, wool and silk, as well as hair and dust (which is mostly made up of shed skin cells). Protein from food residues on our clothes is also attractive to clothes moths. That is why you should follow strict wardrobe hygiene rules to prevent moths. Do not put dirty or even once worn clothes back in the wardrobe because skin cells or food splats, even small ones that you cannot see, will attract moths.
Tip: Clothes moths 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
Storing out of season clothing is a useful way of creating more space for yourself. How you store your clothes is very important. They need to be able to breathe and they need to be kept dust and moth free. Total Wardrobe Care has a selection of popular garment bags including our washable and breathable cotton garment storage bags and our non-woven knitwear bags. Both these bags have a zip that completely tucks in, so the moths cannot get in. Avoid storing in plastic as the fabrics need to be able to breathe to prevent mould.
For folded items use a storage box lined in acid-free tissue paper. 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. Make sure all your clothes are stored away clean!
Tip: Cashmere, wool and silk are not only delicate fabrics, but are moth favourites. Keep them stored in either our knitwear and t-shirt storage bag or cashmere storage bag for complete peace of mind.
4) Moth repellent products
Once you have cleaned both your clothes and wardrobes you need to prevent moths from returning. You can do this by using natural anti-moth repellents. Unlike traditional moth balls, the aromas which are unpalatable to clothes moth are very pleasant and safe to humans.
Total wardrobe Care has researched natural ingredients used by ancient civilisations to repel moths and combined them to make two sumptuous and effective blends;
The May Chang blend which takes you on a sumptuous dance in a meadow.
The Vetivert blend which gives it a slightly more citrus note. These blends are available in a range of anti-moth sachets and drawer liners, and sprays, oils and diffusers. Traditional cedar is also available in cedarwood balls and refresher sprays.
5) Season change
At the change of every season, repeat the steps above and replenish your moth repellent products. An important part of successful moth prevention is vigilance so use this opportunity to inspect your clothes for holes caused by moths. If you do find anything suspicious it’s more likely that you will have caught any potential infestation before it’s had time to proliferate.
For continuous monitoring and greater peace of mind, consider the Moth box. The box consists of a sticky board, coated in glue that has been infused with the female clothes moth pheromone. The glue board attracts and kills the male clothes moths, providing an early warning of an infestation and an idea of the infestation level. If you catch one or two moths a week you are unlikely to have a bad infestation but if the box fills up in the space of one or two weeks then you must take action and carry out the steps above. (Please note: The Moth box is designed to be placed in a room and not inside the wardrobe)
These expert hints and tips have focussed on moth infestations mostly limited to the wardrobe. However, if you have a moth infestation in your soft furnishing, or an infestation that is more widely spread throughout your house, read our expert hints and tips – How to get rid of moths for further advice, products.