How to Protect Your Clothes from Moths

If you've got any wool or wool blends in your closet, the flat brown clothes moth may be lurking. Because they favor the darkness, these pests are harder to detect than their larger, light-loving counterparts. And once you do find and dispose of them, the threat is not over.

It's their larvae that do the most damage to our clothes.

Keep in mind that the clothes moth mainly fancies wool but has been known to munch, from time to time, on fur, cashmere and sometimes silk. You may find these materials as trims, woven fabrics and, of course, as sweaters, socks, gloves and boot linings.

Spot-clean any food stains from garments, as they may attract moths. Spray perfume or cologne on your skin or cotton garments, but avoid misting wool garments and knits.

  • If you've got any wool or wool blends in your closet, the flat brown clothes moth may be lurking.
  • You may find these materials as trims, woven fabrics and, of course, as sweaters, socks, gloves and boot linings.

Vacuum your home and closets regularly. Dispose of the bag's contents immediately - they may contain moth eggs and larvae.

Dry-clean your moth-friendly clothes regularly to kill any new egg deposits. Place your wool accessories in airtight drawers or containers that include moth balls, cedar blocks or herbal sachets.

Store winter knits in a sturdy cedar chest, if at all possible. The oil from the wood is an effective moth repellent, and many manufacturers offer a guarantee against moth damage.

Hang cedar blocks from hangers that hold questionable garments, or switch to cedar hangers. Check your local home and garden store for moth repellents that you can spray directly on hanging clothes.

  • Vacuum your home and closets regularly.
  • Check your local home and garden store for moth repellents that you can spray directly on hanging clothes.
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