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How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths
February 11, 2022

How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths

Clothes moths are pesky little creatures that can turn your favorite clothes into a disaster. Fortunately, Freedom Self Storage has the solution for getting rid of them – follow our tips and we will show you how to identify, eradicate, and prevent clothes moths from infesting your belongings.

How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths

How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths

Identify The Moths 

Clothes moths are pests that destroy fabrics typically found in clothing items. Wool, cashmere, animal fur, silk, and leather are some of the materials they are attracted to. In addition to clothes, they can be found in other household items such as pillows, blankets, comforters, carpets, rugs, and drapes. Be sure to fully examine your belongings and spot where the clothes moths are inhabiting. Dark and humid spaces are perfect environments for clothes moths to inhabit. If your storage space falls under either of those two categories, we recommend using a light while examining your belongings to make sure that all of the moths are identified. To learn more about clothes moths and how you can identify them, click here.   

Clean Your Clothes & Space

The next step will require you to go through your belongings and identify items that are damaged past the point of repair. If you notice any holes or tears in your clothing items, they have probably been inhabited by clothes moths. These items should be thrown away. Items with very minimal damage can be washed. Please read your items’ labels for specific washing instructions. Before washing, give these items a quick shakedown. Sometimes clothes moths can hide on the fabric of clothing. Once you have separated all of your belongings, begin to clear a path for vacuuming. Vacuuming will remove any excess dirt and dust. If the space contains any furniture or items with flat surfaces, be sure to thoroughly wipe them down with disinfectant wipes. After completing these steps, the clothes moths should be completely removed. 

Clothes Moths Prevention

In order to keep the clothes moths away, you must maintain a clean space. We suggest using airtight bins and containers to store your belongings. Doing this prevents clothes moths from accessing your items. Before inserting your belongings into the bins, wash and dry your items to ensure that there aren’t any lingering clothes moths. Once your items are stored, you can begin organizing your space to your liking. Install lighting in the room and ensure that it has a ventilation system to keep the humidity levels down. Vacuuming regularly during the season will remove any accumulated dirt in the room. Lastly, dust and wipe down the surfaces in the room to prevent clothes moths from getting near.  

Freedom Self Storage in St. Mary’s, GA

Do you need a space to store your belongings? Come store with Freedom Self Storage in St. Mary’s, GA. We offer a wide variety of units to accommodate your storage needs. From 5×5 temperature-controlled indoor units to parking storage for your RV, we have you covered. If you are unsure about what size unit you need, use our Storage Calculator tool to help you determine the perfect unit for your belongings. Our contactless online rental process ensures the safety of our customers while providing an efficient method to store with us. You can rent your unit online and move in the very same day! Some of the features of our facility include interior storage, outdoor parking, climate control, online bill pay, keypad access to the gate, 24-hour surveillance cameras, and much more. At Freedom Self Storage, we prioritize the safety of your belongings. Check out our Storage Tips to learn more about securing and packing your items. Visit our site and rent your storage unit today! 


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Paige Weary

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.