Signs Of A Closet Moth Infestation And How To Get Rid Of It

Have you noticed small holes in your favorite wool sweater? Have you clothes taken on a musty smell, and are they covered in a fine dust? If so, you may have a moth problem. Here are a few signs of closet moth infestations and how to prevent them:

Signs of Moths

Here are a few signs of moths in your closet:

  • Musty smells on clothing
  • Powdery dust on clothes
  • Small holes in clothing made of wool, silk, fur or feathers
  • Webbing and moth eggs in the corners and on the walls of your closet

How to Get Rid of Them

Once you know you have moths, there are steps you can take to get rid of them. Here are a few:

  1. Empty your closet—including things in storage, like suitcases—and clean them. Put all of your clothes through the washing machine, and if they can be machine dried, dry them in a hot dryer. The heat will kill any eggs that are clinging to the fabric. If an item cannot be dried in a dryer, allow it air dry and put it in the freezer for the same effect.
  2. Wash the shelves and walls in your closet with a vinegar and water solution, or with soapy water. Moths like to lay their eggs in cracks and corners in your closet, so be sure to pay close attention to them.
  3. Clean the carpet in your closet with a high suction vacuum. Also, be sure to vacuum the room where the closet is located, as moths will lay their eggs in the carpet.
  4. Set out pheromone traps which will lure moths into the sticky trap.
  5. Moth balls are effective but toxic and leave a strong, lingering scent. Instead, make up sachets with cloves, dried lavender, thyme, and bay leaves to hang around your closet.
  6. The smell of cedar also repels moths. Scatter cedar balls on the floor or put them in the pockets of your clothes.
  7. Brush your furs, wools and silks after wearing them to remove any eggs that may have been deposited on the fabric.
  8. In addition, make sure your clothes are clean and free of food particles before you put them away. Moths are more likely to feed on your clothes when they're dirty.
  9. Clothes that you don't wear often or are being stored away for the season should be put in an airtight container or plastic bag with a seal.
  10. Also, moths love humid areas, so keep your closet well ventilated and air out your clothes often.
  11. Deep clean your closet regularly in order to prevent the moths from returning.

If the moths return or are not fully eradicated, contact B & W Pest Control or a similar company.


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