Moths in your closet
It is always a comforting thought that you have warm wool sweaters and blankets for the fall season. It is also good to know that your pantry’s stocks are intact during this time. It’s summer now, so you probably haven’t given it that much thought yet. Caring for your woolen items is crucial if you don’t want to use perforated clothes and sheets during cold weather. Your pantry needs to be secure, so that you can have food during chilly nights.
Woolen fabrics and pantries are often the targets of moths. When you see adult moths flying around in your house, they are set on getting into your pantry. They usually infest grains and flour. The larvae of these moths target the clothes and other items with fabric in your closet. The adult moths cannot be seen in the closet because they just lay the eggs there and leave. Clothes moth larvae and carpet beetles can both do harm your clothes, but carpet beetles are more prevalent in most areas of the US. Moths and beetles lay their eggs in hidden placed with a high amount of food. These specific areas can be pet dander on surfaces, wool, down, or fur. It can be any animal-based item.
It only takes a few weeks before their larvae emerge. Carpet beetle larvae, if undisturbed, can consume the fabric for about twelve months or even more. Moth larvae cause a significant amount of damage to your closet in just a couple of months.
Ways to Get Rid of Moths
- Disturb your closet regularly. Remember that moths hate sunlight. They have developed that pattern of laying eggs in dark, secluded, and undisturbed areas. That is why they choose closets and panties. Make sure that you always “disturb” or clean areas where you keep clothes, towels, sheets, and carpets.
- Pay attention to your rugs and carpets. Moth larvae are also attracted to those areas where recent spills happened.
- Vacuum every day. Vacuuming and mopping the floors also prevent moth larvae from dominating your home. The sucking action gets larvae and any trace of moth eggs in between fabric strands.
- Wash everything first before storing your woolen items after the cold weather season. This eliminates the eggs and larvae that might still be in the fabric. Washing them will also get rid of any attractive scent that comes from food, beverages, or perspiration.
- Brush your woolen items. Do it the old-fashioned way, if you don’t want them dry-cleaned. Hang them outside and brush them vigorously, so that larvae and eggs are manually eliminated.
- Store them well. Airtight spaces prevents moths. You have to look for storage boxes and bags that have re-sealable, openings. You should also wrap the woolen items in clean cotton before storing, so that they can be protected from condensation. Consult a textile conservator for best storage ideas.
- Choose deterrents. Moths can be deterred while your items are in storage. You can opt for chemical-based or natural ones. It’s ideal to use these deterrents as preventive measures after you have cleaned your items for storage.
If you have used tried these methods to get rid of moths and they’re still bothering you, make sure that you contact the pest control professionals in College Station. They will help make your home moth-free, anytime.