How to Get Rid of Moths in Wardrobes

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How to Get Rid of Moths in Wardrobes
Moths can make holes in textiles. (moth image by Colette MacDonald from

Moths can do a lot of damage to your clothing when left unattended. In fact, if an infestation takes hold, moths will destroy your clothing. The key to getting rid of moths in your wardrobe is making it undesirable to them. Fortunately, as much as moths may like your cloths, they dislike certain things even more. From extermination to prevention, it is essential to get rid of moths the right way, and fast.

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Things you need

  • Detergent
  • Citrus-scented cleaner
  • Lavender
  • Orange peel
  • Cedar

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  1. 1

    Take all the clothing and textiles out of your closet. Wash the clothing in hot water if possible. The hot water will help kill any eggs or larvae on the items you are washing.

  2. 2

    Wipe the inside and outside of the wardrobe down with a citrus-scented cleaner. Moths, like most insects, are naturally repelled by the scent of citrus.

  3. 3

    Place an infuser, air freshener or container with either cedar, lavender or orange peel essential oil in the bottom of the wardrobe. These scents repel moths; plus, they can help offset the undesirable scent and harmful fumes omitted by the moth balls and crystals.

Tips and warnings

  • Moth balls and crystals are poisonous to animals and small children. They should only be used in an enclosed space away from both humans and animals

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