February 2, 2022

How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths

Do you know how to get rid of clothes moths? Until you need to deal with these pesky bugs, they are probably not on your radar. But if you are planning on storing clothing long-term, whether in your home storage space or in a storage unit, you should know how to safely pack away your items to avoid a run-in with clothes moths. If you find yourself falling victim to these little guys, follow Roslindale Self Storage’s tips to get rid of and stay rid of potential damage.

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Make Sure You Are Dealing with Clothes Moths

Seeing a moth around your home might raise some suspicion, but adult moths that you see are mostly attracted to your plants. The ones that are a threat to your clothing are the casemaking clothes moth and the webbing clothes moth, about 1 cm long and yellow or gray in color. And in fact, the caterpillar stage of the moths is what does the damage—not the adults.

If you do not see any moths around, other indicators that you are dealing with clothes moths are holes and webbing in your stored clothing. They especially like to eat at cashmere, fur, wool, and other animal fabrics.

Wash, Clean, Disinfect

Once you have identified that clothes moths are what is causing damage, you will want to clean out the area immediately. Go through the bins of effected items, and check them all thoroughly to pick out pieces that are not salvageable. Discard of items that are beyond repair and wash the rest in warm water (or dry clean if that is if what your washing directions say).

In addition to cleaning your clothes, clean your storage space. Carpet flooring should should be vacuumed and shampooed or steamed for the best result. You are aiming to kill any remaining clothes moth larvae. Be sure to discard of your vacuum bag right away after cleaning.

Prevent Future Clothes Moths

Now that you know how to get rid of clothes moths, you can put precautions in place to keep them from coming back in the future. The best piece of advice we can give you is to avoid creating their ideal conditions. They love humid, dark spaces. You can prevent this by visiting your storage space regularly to move items around, let light in, and create some air flow. To protect your clothing regardless of their surroundings, pack them away into sealed bins or bags. If you use a garment bag, you may want to take extra steps to seal up potential holes, like taping up the seams.

Roslindale Self Storage in Roslindale, MA

We wish you the best as you get rid of the clothes moths disrupting your space. If Roslindale Self Storage can help you with anything else to make your self storage experience easier, please let us know. We are located in Roslindale, MA, off Washington Street by Arnold Arboretum. Convenient for businesses, residents, and Boston university and college students alike, our temperature-controlled storage units on Lochdale Road are top-rated in Cambridge, Boston, and Clinton. Find your self storage solution with Roslindale Self Storage online!


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Katie Mest

About the Author: Katie Mest is an SEO Specialist at Storage Asset Management in York, PA. She specializes in writing about the self storage industry, including storage tips and helpful resources. Outside of work, Katie enjoys camping, hiking, and exploring the outdoors with her newly adopted Greyhound rescue, Titan.