Everything You Need to Know About Clothes, Moths!

Moths are everywhere and they can be a problem for you at any time of the year! If you come across holes or tears in your Woollen or silk clothes, that is the surest sign of a moth infestation. Moths can even eat into your prized carpets. So, taking preventative action at the first sign is essential to prevent further damage. Read on to understand the things that you need to know about moth infestation and the things that need to be done to eliminate them from your spaces: 

How do clothes moths look? 

In the Larvae stage the webbing and case-making clothes making moth looks like a caterpillar with a black head. They remain inside creases of clothes where they build webs. While in the adult stage the moth weighs up to 7 mm in length. It acquires a light-yellowish colour with sparkly forewings greyish tail-end.   

These are the ways that moths enter your clothes and your home 

  • Moths can enter your home from an adjacent house. The chances of getting moths from outside are higher especially if the clothing article is old or has been sourced from a thrift shop. Moths can remain in clothes, carpets, or covers.  
  • Any guests or people coming to your home from outside can also be carriers of moth larvae or eggs via their clothes. Clothes moths also feed on carcasses of birds and animals along with the nesting materials that they use to make their nests.  
  • Rats in your attics, bird nests in your gardens, possums on your roofs all are highly likely sources of infestation. Even the roof insulation can be a potential source of infestation or point of entry for moths into your home. 
  • The indoor heating systems used by families to maintain warmth in their homes in colder seasons also help moths in breeding without difficulty. Hence, the moth season gets extended throughout the colder months as well.  
  • Also, ships, planes etc. can help moths travel over continents and geographies without any difficulty. Which is why clothes moths are ubiquitous in any parts of the world.  

Ways to eliminate moths from your home: 

  1. Detect the things that have been infested with clothes moths. Moths can be found in blankets, rugs, clothes, silk clothes, Woollens, carpets etc. 
  2. Wash all the clothes very properly and dry them at the highest degree. Examine the collars and inner creases of the clothes for moth larvae is important while washing.  
  3. Keep away the washed and dried clothes in securely closed boxes or plastic bags to prevent the clothes from catching infestation again. Alternatively, you can always place the clothes inside plastic bags and keep them away in the freezer to prevent moth infestation. 
  4. Carefully vacuum all the storage places that you have found clothes in. Do not forget to vacuum the closets and areas such as cracks in walls, lesser used rooms, carpets, areas behind the furniture etc. Trash the vacuum bag immediately after vacuuming. 
  5. Place mothballs in your clothes. On the other hand, you can also opt for Moth Pest Control Services Canberra to get professional help. 
  6. Get your property sanitized 1-2 times a month. This is important to keep moth infestation away from your property. 

Home-made remedies 

  • Solution of vinegar and water 

Vinegar can be easily sourced from the nearest departmental store. Mix water and vinegar in a vessel. Immerse a cleaning rag inside this solution and start cleaning the insides of your cupboards, hooks, edges and underneath portions of cupboards. It is a good practice to spray this solution in the storages to avoid moth infestations in future. 

  • Herbs 

Make a potpourri using lavender, bay leaves, ginseng, and eucalyptus and hang it in your cupboard. You can also fill cinnamon and cloves in small bags and hang them in your cupboards, to help check moth population. Doing so will check staining or smells on your clothes. Otherwise, you can also place lavender leaves or flowers in pouches.  

Connecting with professionals pest control Braddon services on 0480021568 or write to us on info@amazepestcontrolcanberra.com.au. Avail lasting outcomes and relief from your moth infestation issues. 

Reviewed by: John Smith, Ph.D., MSc

John Smith is a renowned expert in the pest control industry, with over 20 years of experience in the field. He is a licensed pest control professional, and has worked for both commercial and residential clients throughout his career.Throughout his career, John has developed innovative and effective pest control strategies, and has helped countless clients rid their homes and businesses of unwanted pests. He takes pride in his work and is dedicated to providing the highest level of service to his clients as well as providing technical assistance to branch offices and clients throughout Australia.In addition to his professional work, John is an active member of several pest control industry organizations, and regularly contributes to industry publications. He also prepares scientific reports for Ace Pest Control on any changes or updates to government regulations affecting the Pest Control industry.

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