Clothing moths can be a real nightmare when they manage to find their way inside your wardrobe. They are infamously destructive creatures, which commonly feed on clothing and textiles and can completely ruin your favorite clothes. They are predominantly found in dark and dingy areas, as they happen to dislike light, which is quite unfortunate. ‘Unfortunate’ because, many of these dark and hidden places are pretty difficult to get to. This puts our clothes and other household fabrics such as carpets, curtains, upholstery and soft furnishings at risk. In order to stop the infestation, it is important to understand the Life cycle of moths, which will give you an idea of what you are dealing with.
The mating period for moths is usually from March to October. Female moths lay about 300 eggs in 3 months, which, after hatching, produce the next generation which lay eggs of their own. This makes around 100,000 eggs. These eggs can also lay dormant and hatch out under suitable conditions. Hatching depends upon several factors, such as moisture, temperature etc. As the larvae grow, they feed on the fibres of your lovely clothes. Each life cycle lasts for about 65 to 90 days. This cycle gets repeated again and again, and with each cycle the infestation becomes worse, unless deal with effectively.
Clothing moths are active creatures in their winged adult state, and once dusk falls they can fly around constantly. Male and female clothing moths can be easily distinguished from one another, as while male moths keep flying around and are active for most of their life, female moths are quite lazy. They hardly even fly from one place to another. In spite of being so active, clothing moths always seek hidden spaces with no light, where they can lay eggs and prepare them for hatching. Their ability to always retreat into dark and hidden spaces makes them very difficult to get rid of. Since it is not possible to detect an infestation early, they tend to increase their numbers in quite a short amount of time.
In a lot of the cases, people use moth balls to control moths. These are not only toxic, but also don’t ensure much success. Clothing moth control can be best done by cleaning your wardrobe regularly, cleaning corners and crevices, and inside and behind everything to get rid of eggs, which breaks their breeding cycle. Complete moth extermination is rarely entirely possible using DIY methods. So if the infestation is too far gone, it is best to call upon professional moth control services.