The weather is getting colder. It’s time to take out the winter sweaters. I wonder if this time I will find any unwanted holes…
I have been fighting cloths moths since I moved in my husband’s flat about 6 years ago. This is what I learnt after extensive damages to my clothes, pest control visits and painful dry cleaning bills.
Please let me know if you have some special tips that I have not discovered.
It Is All About Prevention
Once your house is properly infested it is going to be very hard to get rid of clothes moths. Pest control might be your only way out. In most cases though, some simple ‘clothes-moths-prevention-actions’ will be enough to keep you away from troubles. Here they are:
1) Turn off radiators as often as possible and open all the windows regularly to allow air to circulate. Moths thrive in humid and warm environments.
2) Brush your clothes and shake them in the daylight at least twice a month – this will disturb the moths and dislodge their larvae.
3) Hoover regularly under beds, carpets and behind radiators to prevent moths settling in. A powerful vacuum will shift eggs from fibres but you will have also to remember to remove and discard immediately the collected dust or hoover bags.
4) Clean your clothes before storing them. Moths thrive in sweat, dried-in food particles and oil from make-up or hair products.
5) If you buy any vintage, second hand clothes keep them in sealed plastic bags until you dry clean them. You can also try freezing garments that can’t be washed. Wrap them in plastic and freeze them for at least 12 hours, to kill off the eggs and larvae.
6) Rugs and cushions can nest months eggs, give them a good beating and hang them on the washing line in the sun.
7) To care for your most pricey items such as cashmere and pure silk, you can use in acid-free tissue or put it in special breathable bags.
Can Any Products Help?
I have tried several.
The best one in my experience is ‘Natural Anti-moth Linen Spray with Natural Essential Oils – May Chang Blend’ (GBP 21 from totalwardrobecare.co.uk). A girlfriend that has a cashmere business advised me to use it a couple of years ago and, I have to say, it has worked wonderfully. It is expensive but:
1) Keeps your garments free from moths (yes! It does!),
2) Leaves a wonderful fragrance on the clothes and your closets (even my husband likes it),
3) Can be used on upholstery, curtains and carpets,
4) It is natural. It is made of 100% organically-grown essential oils: May Chang, Lavender, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Laurel, Rosemary, Thyme and Clove Bud.
Please don’t spray this product directly on silk as the oils can stain and dry cleaning might be required.
Here are a couple of links to interesting articles on the matter: