How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths Quickly & Easily

How do you get rid of clothes moths? It is a common question that pops up this time of year when people are sifting through their belongings for spring cleaning. Clothes moths are not a fun surprise to come across in your organizing, but there are steps you can take to rectify the situation and prevent damage in the future. Keep an eye out for holes in clothing and fabrics that have been stored in a dark space. Follow Macoby Self 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 Storage Space

If you have materials that were destroyed past the point of repair, it is time to get rid of them. Wash mildewed or stained materials using warm water or dry cleaning to save them. Before you wash your garments, be sure to check their tags. It’s also vital to clean your storage area, whether it’s a closet, attic, basement, or storage container. Vacuum the space and then dispose of the vacuum bag right away. If you’re working in a carpeted room, consider steaming it for safekeeping.

Learn to Prevent Future Clothes Moths

Now that you have gotten rid of the immediate issue, it is time to set up some precautions for the future. Pack your remaining clothing into sealed bins or bags. If you choose to use garment bags, tape up any potential hole spaces, like seams, for additional security and peace of mind. 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.

Macoby Self Storage in Pennsburg, PA

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. Macoby Self Storage is your first choice for affordable storage units in Pennsburg, PA. Choose from a variety of storage amenities, including convenient drive-up storage units, and packing and moving supplies sold on premise. Additionally, for your security, all storage units are housed within a fenced and gated perimeter, with 24 hour security camera monitoring and secure keypad access. Feel comfortable storing your personal items at Macoby Self Storage this year.

Call or email the office today, or stop by in person and chat with the team of storage experts at Macoby Self Storage in Pennsburg, PA! You can also handle your rental completely online with the help of our storage resources. Find the right size with our storage calculator, get your questions answered with our FAQ, and take note of expert advice in our list of self storage tips. Get started today!
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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.