If you’re like most homeowners, you’ll have a nostalgic moment where you want to go through your old clothes in the hope that you’ll find that one T-shirt you used to love as a teenager. One look through that old box, however, and you may be unlucky enough to see that moths have eaten through your beloved top until it’s nothing more than scraps, much to your dismay. If this sounds familiar, you are just one of many people who have run into this problem. That being the case, you need to know your enemy in able to learn how to thwart its damaging rampage on your belongings.
As the name suggests, clothes moths primarily feed on clothing. This means your natural fibre clothing, including silk, wool, cashmere, cotton etc. The larvae love munching holes through the most luxurious fabrics in your closet, a fact that has upset many of us when we go to put on a evening gown for that special occasion only to find a large hole in it. It is said that clothes moths have expensive taste – literally.
Clothes moths are however, also known for taking a bite out of many other things in your home that are made of natural fabrics. This includes rugs, upholstery, carpets, blankets, etc. Anything made of a woollen fabric is especially susceptible to an attack from clothes moth larvae. Rugs make great spots for nests, too, so be aware of that if you are looking to keep moths away from your household items.
In terms of deterring them, make sure you clean every clothing item regularly, and shake the boxed items out regularly to get rid of nests. A clean home leaves moths fewer options for making nests and finding food sources, so give that a try if you want to be preventative.
If you find that you have an infestation (a common problem) and you are out of your league, check with a professional pest control company to see what they can offer in terms of getting rid of them. While it is often hard to eradicate clothes moths forever, you can get rid of them for the time being, and then change your cleaning and storing habits to make sure they understand that they are no longer going to have a place to hide out and eat in your bedroom, sitting room, attic or basement.
Clothes moths are tricky creatures that give anybody a run for their money at some point in their lives, so be sure to battle them with knowledge and the assistance of a good pest firm.