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How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths
March 30, 2022

How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths

How can you get rid of clothes moths? When individuals clean out their wardrobes for spring cleaning, this is a frequent question. Clothes moths are not a pleasant surprise to come across in your organizing, but there are things you can do to correct the problem and prevent future harm. Keep an eye out for rips or tears in clothing and fabrics that have been kept in a dark environment. Follow Lafayette Parkway Storage’s tips below on how to get rid of clothes moths and prevent them from finding their way into your storage unit. 

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How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths

How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths (in Home Storage & Storage Units)

Identify the Moths

Do you actually have clothes moths? If you notice a moth in your home, do not worry right away. Many moths that might find their way into your home are after plants, not your clothing. Only two moth species are a threat to your clothes: the casemaking clothes moth and the webbing clothes moth—both a yellow or gray color, about 1 cm long. 

Next, look for holes. You will be able to identify a clothes moth by the web left behind on the material. The moths’ babies are actually the root of the problem, not the adult moths. They prefer dark, humid spaces and prefer to eat materials like wool, cashmere, and fur that come from animals. 

Clean Your Clothes and Space

OK, so you’ve identified the clothes moths. Now what? 

First, you should get rid of supplies that were damaged beyond the point of repair. With a wash in warm water or dry cleaning, you can salvage materials with only minor damage. Before attempting to wash your apparel, always check the tags first. Additionally, you will want to clean your storage space, whether that be a closet, attic, basement, or storage unit. Vacuum the area and immediately throw away the vacuum bag. If you are dealing with a carpeted space, it may also be worth it to steam clean the area for safe measures.  

Prevent Future Clothes Moths

Now that you’ve addressed the immediate problem, it’s time to take some preventative measures. Fill any empty containers or bags with your remaining belongings. If you’re packing garment bags, make sure they’re securely closed and that no holes exist. Another option is to move your storage space around frequently—reorganizing, swapping items in and out, etc. These moths dislike movement and light, so do your best to keep your storage unit from becoming a dark, moist environment. Visiting your storage unit often will give you the opportunity to open up your storage unit to allow for ventilation.  

Lafayette Parkway Storage in LaGrange, GA

Now that you have a better understanding of how to get rid of clothes moths, let us help you find secure storage space for your clothing nearby. Lafayette Parkway Storage is your first choice for affordable storage units in LaGrange, GA! Choose from a variety of storage amenities, including convenient drive-up storage units, office space rentals, and outdoor parking spaces for boat and RV storage. Conveniently located on Lafayette Parkway, our storage facility is a safe and secure option for your needs. Our experts can set you up with the right amount of self storage for your needs, while keeping it affordable for your budget. Call or email our facility today, or stop by in person to chat with the team of storage experts at Lafayette Parkway Self Storage!

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About the Author: Paige is a Social Media Coordinator at Storage Asset Management in York, PA. She brings the most useful storage tips and tricks to your social media feed and loves a good self-storage pun. Beyond work, Paige spends her free time traveling extensively, her most recent trip being the Andes Mountain region of Bolivia.