How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths

Are the clothing items in your home showing signs of little pests? You’ve come to the right place then. Follow ValuSpace Personal Storage’s guide on how to get rid of the moths for good. We will guide you on the best methods to both eradicate and prevent them from entering your spaces. 

How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths

How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths

Identify the Clothes Moths

If you want to get rid of the clothes moths in your home, you will first need to identify where they are in regards to your belongings. Clothes moths are attracted to natural fibers such as wool, cashmere, and cotton, so take a look at your clothing and other items made with these materials. If you see any tiny holes or damage, that’s a good indication that clothes moths are present. Fully insect the items in your home to identify the items with lingering clothes moths. Clothing items are not the only things that should be inspected. The moths can reach other items such as drapes, pillowcases, carpets, rugs, and blankets. Once you have identified the damaged items you can then move on to the removal process. If you need to learn more about clothes moths and their environments, click here

Cleaning Your Space

Next, do a thorough cleaning of your affected clothing and other items. Vacuum them well, then wash or dry clean them according to the care instructions. This will remove any eggs or larvae that are present. This is a crucial step that will help keep your items free of clothes moths. If certain items are damaged past the point of repair, throw them away and ensure that the non-damaged belongings are clean. We recommend you vacuum any carpets or rugs in your space to remove any excess dirt which can attract clothes moths. The cleaner your space is, the less likely it is for clothes moths to infest your belongings. 

Preventing Clothes Moths

Once your clothes and other items are clean, you’ll need to take steps to prevent clothes moths from returning. Store these items in airtight containers or bags, and keep them in a safe area.  Cedar balls or cedar oil can also help to repel clothes moths. Regularly clean and organize the room to ensure that there aren’t any lingering moths in your belongings. Clothes moths can be attracted to dark and humid spaces. We recommend installing lighting and a form of ventilation to help keep the clothes moths away. A wall lamp can help keep the room well-lit during the season. If your space contains large objects, wipe them down with disinfectant wipes to remove accumulated dust and dirt. At this point, your space should be clean and free of any potential clothes moths. 

Store Your Items at ValuSpace Personal Storage

Do you need extra space to store some of your belongings? Get rid of the clutter in your home by finding a storage unit near you. ValuSpace Personal Storage has facilities in Albany, Halfmoon, and Troy, NY. We can assist you with your residential and commercial storage needs. We offer temperature-controlled and drive-up storage units at our facilities. Find the location closest to you to see our available storage unit selection.

If you are uncertain about which storage unit you should rent, try out our storage calculator. All you need to do is check off the items you are planning on storing, and the tool will recommend an appropriate storage unit size for you. Once you decide on a storage space to rent, you can find tips on packing your belongings in our complete list self storage tips. Renting storage in the Capital District could not be easier. Rent your storage unit today at ValuSpace Personal Storage. 

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