How can you get rid of clothes moths, and why do they end up in your space in the first place? Cool Spring Storage Center has been in the business for a while, and we know the clothes moths are as annoying for you as they can be damaging to your items. We can help you figure out why your storage space might be attracting pests. Follow our expert storage advice below for tips on how to get rid of the clothes moths from your home, business, or self storage space.
What is step one? First thing is to make sure you are in fact dealing with clothes moths. They mostly go after fabrics—specifically materials that are animal-based. If you are seeing holes and webbing among your cashmere and wool clothing, that is a pretty good indicator of your perpetrator. You might not actually see the clothes moths, as they cause damage mostly as larvae. But when they are adults, the casemaking and webbing clothes moths get up to about 1 centimeter and present yellow or gray in color.
Once you know you have clothes moths, start the cleaning process. Begin with bins you know for sure have some damage, and sift through to determine savable pieces and too-far-gone pieces. Wash everything you are planning to keep in warm water, and throw away any damaged goods. From there, move on to the storage space itself. It you are dealing with a storage unit, sweep and wash down the space well. If you are working with a home or office space, like a closet, that has carpeting, it is a good idea to take additional steps for treatment. Vacuuming is a must, but if you have access to a steam cleaner or shampooer, you will be grateful for the peace of mind that you are killing any remaining pests. Dispose of your vacuum bag ASAP.
Now that everything is cleared out, how can you make sure the clothes moths stay gone for good? As you are packing up your items for storage, look for air-tight bins to store them in. If you use other containers, like a garment bag, tape up edges and seams that might wear to produce holes over time.
Clothes moths like dark, humid spaces, so you can see why they are a common threat to storage. You can disrupt this ideal environment by allowing for some airflow and moving items around when you visit your storage space. Make sure you check on fabrics frequently to catch clothes moths early!
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About the Author: Paige is a Social Media Coordinator at Storage Asset Management in York, PA. She brings the most useful storage tips and tricks to your social media feed and loves a good self-storage pun. Beyond work, Paige spends her free time traveling extensively, her most recent trip being the Andes Mountain region of Bolivia.