clothes moth

Holes in Your Clothes? You Might Have a Clothes Moth Infestation

Have you recently taken a jumper out of a drawer and found holes in it? Chances are, you have clothes moths in that drawer, and possibly elsewhere in the room as well.

Clothes moths can be a nightmare, but there are ways to get rid of them. They love warm conditions, so if your bedroom is warm and never gets a blast of cool fresh air, there is a greater chance you could be affected.

Here are some ways you can fight back.

Grab the vacuum cleaner

The more often you vacuum, the less likely it is you’ll be affected by moths to start with. They can eat carpets just as easily as clothing, and a regular vacuum through every room in your home ensures larvae can be sucked up and taken away. No self-respecting moth will enjoy staying somewhere that is constantly disturbed, either.

Prepare for a deep-clean

Take all the clothes out of your wardrobe, chests of drawers, and anywhere else you keep them. Grab that hoover and vacuum the insides, making sure you use crevice tools to get into the corners. This removes a lot of larvae, but a cloth and some detergent will do the rest. Once that’s done, take down your curtains and wash them to get rid of anything that might be left on them. Do the same with your bedding and anything else you can fit in the washing machine. And of course, you’ll need to wash your clothes, too. Some people recommend freezing them in bags (yes, the clothes) as the cold temperature will kill off any larvae you can’t see on them.

Make use of moth deterrents and other solutions

Cedar balls, bay leaves, cinnamon… all these solutions (and more) exist to try and combat moths and their larvae. However, if you see several moths flying around, there is a good chance you have lots of larvae around, as several have clearly already hatched.

If you have lots of clothes damage and your own efforts don’t seem to be working, call in the pest control experts to tackle it for you. We can focus on a single room or treat any rooms that have been affected. Getting rid of both moths and larvae and keeping the room clean and aired out will all help. We’re here to provide the advice you need.