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How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths
March 29, 2022

How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths

Do you want to get rid of clothes moths? This is a frequently encountered concern when individuals go through their belongings for spring cleaning. Clothes moths are not welcome visitors when you’re sifting through your things for spring cleaning. There are measures you can take to address the problem and prevent additional damage. Look for tears in clothing and fabrics that have been stored in a dark location. Follow All American Self Storage’s guidelines below on how to get rid of clothes moths from your storage unit and avoid them coming back again.

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How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths

How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths (in Home Storage & Storage Units)

Identify the Moths

Do you actually have clothes moths? If you notice a moth in your home, do not worry right away. Many moths that might find their way into your home are after plants, not your clothing. Only two moth species are a threat to your clothes: the casemaking clothes moth and the webbing clothes moth—both a yellow or gray color, about 1 cm long.

Next, look for holes. You will be able to identify a clothes moth by the web left behind on the material. The moths’ babies are actually the root of the problem, not the adult moths. They prefer dark, humid spaces and prefer to eat materials like wool, cashmere, and fur that come from animals.

Be Sure to Clean Everything

After you’ve discovered what caused the damage, go through what’s salvageable. Some components will have to be disposed of, but others may be restored with a warm wash or trip to the dry cleaner. Check the tags on your clothes before washing them! Clean any storage areas in your house, including carpets, with a shampoo or steam cleaning. If you have carpeted flooring in your room, vacuum it thoroughly—ending by immediately discarding the vacuum bag. A shampoo or steam cleaning can also help eliminate any remaining insects.

Prevent Future Clothes Moths with These Tips

Clothes moths are attracted to temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, so bear this in mind when putting away your clothes. Make sure you provide clothing moths with the ideal conditions by brightening up your environment and providing ventilation where feasible. This may be accomplished by visiting your storage unit more frequently to let it get some fresh air while keeping the door open for a few minutes. It’s also a good idea to reorder your goods in order to prevent them from sitting for extended periods of time. Choose bags or containers that are sealed when packing up your belongings for storage. A garment bag is also a safe choice—just tape any gaps that might allow entry, such as seams. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

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About the Author: Paige is a Social Media Coordinator at Storage Asset Management in York, PA. She brings the most useful storage tips and tricks to your social media feed and loves a good self-storage pun. Beyond work, Paige spends her free time traveling extensively, her most recent trip being the Andes Mountain region of Bolivia.