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How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths

Are you struggling to get rid of clothes moths? Many people come across them during their spring cleaning and eradicating them can seem difficult. With a few simple steps, you will be able to rectify the situation and prevent clothes moths from inhabiting your belongings. Follow Pioneer Valley Storage’s tips below on how to get rid of clothes moths. 

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How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths (& Keep Them Gone!)

Identify the Problem

Are you spotting moths in your home? While some moths are after your clothing, others may be attracted to the plants in your home. There are only two moth species that can be a threat to your clothing items: the casemaking clothes moth and the webbing clothes moth—both a yellow or gray color, about 1 cm long. 

Examine your clothing and try to identify any webs that may be left behind from the moths. If you notice any small holes in your clothing, this may be a result of clothes moths chewing through the fibers of the materials. They are attracted to materials such as wool, cashmere, and animal fur. Also, they prefer to inhabit dark and humid spaces. 

Clean Your Clothes & Space

Now that you’ve identified the moths, how do you get rid of them? 

Any clothing with material that has been damaged past the point of repair should be thrown away. If clothing items are slightly damaged they can be salvaged by washing them with warm water or dry cleaning. Before attempting to wash these clothing items, be sure to check the tags for washing instructions. You will then want to clean your storage space by vacuuming the area, removing unnecessary clutter, and wiping down surfaces. This will ensure that your space is clean and free of clothes moths. 

Prevent Future Clothes Moths

To prevent future clothes moths from inhabiting your storage spaces, it is important to take a few precautionary measures to ensure they stay moth-free. Clothes that will be untouched for a few months should be stored in airtight bins or vacuum bags. Since moths prefer dark environments, installing lighting to keep the area well lit will assist in keeping moths away. At least once per season, use an all-purpose cleaner to wipe down surfaces and corners. Regularly vacuuming will prevent dirt and dust from accumulating.  

Pioneer Valley Storage in Belchertown, MA 

If you need a space to store seasonal items, furniture, or just looking to downsize, check out Pioneer Valley Storage. You can rent your self-storage unit online and move in the same day. Our premier self storage facility offers indoor storage units and drive-up self-storage with easy access from highway/major roadways. We provide a variety of unit sizes to meet your storage needs.

Don’t know what size to rent? Use our storage calculator to help determine the best unit size for your belongings. We offer locks, boxes, furniture covers, and other supplies to help you with protecting your items while they are in storage. Check out our self storage FAQ to learn more about us, our facility, and our rules. With professional staff on-site and high security, your storage unit is secure with Pioneer Valley Storage. Rent with us today! 

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Tim Glasow

About the Author: Tim is the SEO Manager at Storage Asset Management in York, PA. He is a self-storage industry specialist who has written about everything from storage advice and helpful resources to industry trends. In his free time, Tim enjoys sampling craft beer and exploring the local music scene.