Moths can be quite a pest, eating away at your favourite pieces of clothing. They especially prefer wool, leathers, furs and silk. If you think you have seen a moth flying around don’t panic, but act systematically, on the other hand, you also shouldn’t ignore the warning sign. The first thing you need to do is check for any evidence of a moth problem. Start by looking through your clothes, anything made of wool, leather silk or even fur can be affected. If you find any tiny holes in your sweaters or favourite blouses, you do have a problem. For where there’s one hole, there will be many more. Next check for musty smells in your wardrobe and look for clothes that appear discoloured. Another indication that you have a moth problem is if there is webbings in the corners of your wardrobe or room. If you have found evidence that there are moths in your house, eating away at your favourite clothes, it is time to act and start protecting your clothing.
The first thing you need to do is start putting out moth traps. What you need are sticky traps that attract those nasty pest with a scent and once moths have come in contact with their sticky substance they cannot escape the trap anymore. If you would like to make sure that your traps are not full of harmful chemicals, simply make your own. Simply put some fish oil on flypaper, the oil scent will attract the moth and the sticky flypaper will trap it.
The next step in your fight against moths is washing your clothes, all of them. Make sure you check the care instructions first through, as the clothes moths like the most, are the most fragile when it comes to machine washing and tumble drying. Don’t forget to wash your towels, kitchen cloths and linens as well. It is also a good idea to clean suitcases, bags and other containers. Don’t forget to clean your cupboard too. Soapy water works best or you could use a water and vinegar mixture to clean your closets.
Now that you have cleaned out everything it is time to make sure that moths will not return to your closet. Start rearranging your clothes and make sure you store them properly. Then use deterrents to keep moths from returning. Scents such as cedar or lavender work well in keeping moths out of your closet and away from your clothes.