How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths
May 11, 2022

How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths

How long have clothes moths been getting into your belongings? Whether you have been dealing with them for months, or just a few days, Valley Storage will teach you how to remove clothes moths from your space. 

How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths

How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths

Identify the Clothes Moths

The first step is to identify the clothes moths. There are two types of clothes moths that commonly infest homes: the webbing clothes moth and the casemaking clothes moth. Of the two, the webbing clothes moth is by far the most common. The larvae of both types of clothes moths feed on natural fibers such as wool, silk, and fur. They will also feed on synthetics that are blended with natural fibers, but they are not attracted to pure synthetics such as polyester or nylon. Clothes moths are attracted to dirty fabrics. They are especially drawn to clothing that has been stored for a long time and has not been cleaned recently. The larvae can survive on lint, dust, and even hair that accumulate on clothing over time. Click here to learn more about clothes moths and their environments.

Cleaning Your Space

If you suspect that you have a clothes moth infestation, the first step is to clean your space thoroughly. This will help remove any hiding places or food sources for the moths, making it more difficult for them to thrive in your home. Start by vacuuming all areas of the room where clothes moth larvae are likely to be found, including closets, storage chests, and underneath furniture. Be sure to pay special attention to areas where clothing is stored, as this is where the moths are most likely to be found. Next, you will need to wash or dry clean all of your clothing items that have been infested. If some of your items have large holes or damaged parts, they should be thrown away. Once your space is fully clean and free of clothes moths, you can begin to take preventative measures to keep them out in the future. 

Preventing Clothes Moths

Keeping clothes moths out of your home and spaces can be done with a few simple steps. We recommend purchasing storage bins and using these to store some of your items. Clothes moths will not be able to get into these containers due to their sealed entry points. Regularly cleaning and organizing your space is a great way to ensure that clothes moths aren’t finding their way in. Also, as you add new items to the room, double-check them for clothes moths. You do not want to bring in any lingering pests. Clothes moths can be attracted to dark and humid environments so it is important that you keep your space ventilated and well-lit during the season. 

Store Your Items at Valley Storage

Valley Storage can help you keep your belongings safe from clothes moths. We have facilities located in Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and West Virginia. We provide contactless rental options which allow customers to rent their storage unit and move in contact-free. Whether you need a temperature-controlled unit or a unit with drive-up access, Valley Storage has got you covered. Check out our Storage Calculator to help you determine the right storage unit size for your belongings. Our facilities are stocked with supplies to help you pack your items safely. For more information on how to properly pack and store your items, click here. If you are ready to clear out some space in your home, visit our facility and rent your storage unit today!