How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths When They’ve Invaded Your Storage

Experience bug-related issues with your closet? Clothes moths, often sneaking in unnoticed, are a common household pest that can wreak havoc on your wardrobe, leaving behind holes and other damage. Don’t let clothes moths continue to get into your belongings. Follow StorTropolis’ guide on removing and preventing clothes moths from reaching the valuable items in your space. 

How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths

How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths

Identify the Clothes Moths

The first step to getting rid of clothes moths is understanding what they are and how they operate. Clothes moths are small insects that feed on natural fibers, including wool, cashmere, and fur. They are attracted to dirty fabrics and can lay up to 50 eggs at a time. Dark and humid spaces are perfect areas for clothes moths to inhabit. You may find them hiding in the fabrics of your clothes and other household items such as drapes, pillows, comforters, carpets, and rugs. To learn more about clothes moths, the environments they live in, and how they get into our items, click here.

Cleaning Your Space

The best way to remove clothes moths is to vacuum them up. Use a vacuum with a hose attachment to get into nooks and crannies where the moths might be hiding. Be sure to empty the vacuum bag after each use to prevent the moths from escaping. You can also try using a lint roller or tape to remove the clothes moths from your clothing. Be sure to wash or dry clean the items afterward to remove any eggs that might be present. If you suspect that your closet or dresser drawer is infested with clothes moths, you can also try using an insecticide spray. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label carefully and always ventilate the area well before using any insecticide. If some of your items are still damaged and can not be repaired, throw them away. 

Preventing Clothes Moths

The best way to prevent clothes moths is to keep your clothing and other items clean. Vacuum regularly and wash or dry clean items that are susceptible to moth damage. You can also try using mothballs or cedar chips in your closet or dresser drawer to keep the moths away. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label carefully when using any moth prevention products. Using storage bins for your belongings is a great way to consolidate space and limit clothes moths’ access to your items. Purchase airtight storage bins if you do not already own some. As you add new items to your room, feel free to place extra items into the bins as a way to prevent clothes moths from reaching them. 

Store Your Items at StorTropolis Self Storage

When you don’t want to worry about clothes moths getting into your belongings, store your items at StorTropolis Self Storage. We offer storage in Shawnee and Lenexa, KS, as well as Kansas City and Blue Springs, MO. Our self-storage facilities have a variety of units and sizes, including amenities such as indoor temperature-controlled storage units, drive-up self-storage, and covered loading and unloading areas. See the different storage options we have available at each site using our online storage rentals.

If you’ve never rented storage and need assistance determining the best size, use our storage calculator tool to help you select the correct unit size to store your belongings. At StorTropolis, we want to ensure that customers pack their items properly and that their belongings remain safe while in storage. Check out our self storage tips to learn more about safely packing and storing items. Visit our site today and rent with StorTropolis. 

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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.