If you plan to roll up your sleeves and do some spring cleaning, why not throw some moth prevention in for good measure? Clothing moths don't just put holes in your wool hats, mittens, and scarfs. They can damage a number of belongings in your home that have natural fibers, such as draperies, bedding, curtains, upholstered furniture, animal skins, and clothing made from natural fibers. They eat away at silk, wool, down, fur, and more. If you have a treasured keepsake, like a stored wedding dress or the cap and gown from your mother's graduation, these items could get ruined. Here are some easy tips to keep your belongings safer.
Clothing Moth Prevention Tips
Since we're talking about cleaning, let's make cleaning our first tip. When you clean your home, you can actually remove eggs deposited by clothing moths. Make sure to get every inch of your carpets, especially in places where it is dark or secluded. Clothing moths are not attracted to light. In fact, they prefer to hide from it. So, you are most likely to find eggs in dark corners, dark closets, dark attics spaces, and under couches--which leads us to our next tip.
It is a good idea to switch things up every once in awhile. If you move your couch, love seat, Barcalounger, or other large furniture to a new location, you'll give that portion of your rug some much-needed light and foot traffic. But, at the very least, get under these items with a vacuum or steam cleaner to remove eggs.
Do you have valuable keepsakes that could be attacked by moths? Now is a good time to put these items in sealable plastic bags or plastic containers. Throw some cotton in there to keep things dry. Also, be aware that prolonged storage in plastic can harm some items. If you have an item of irreplaceable value, seek the help of a professional for the advice on this.
Add some lavender to your closet or attic spaces. While lavender won't kill clothing moth eggs or their clothes-eating larvae, they work great to keep the adult "egg-laying" moths away.
Along with the above to-dos, here is one to-don't. Don't use mothballs. These are not effective against clothing moths, and they can be toxic.
The best way to prevent damage from clothing moths is to have ongoing pest service from a pest professional. If you are in our Pennsylvania service area, let Witt protect your home from clothing moths and a whole host of other invasive pests. Pest service isn't just a nicety, it can keep your family, your home, your pets, and your belongings safe. Get your protection in place today.