How To Keep Moths Away From Clothes

Friday 1st July 2022

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According to Butterfly Conservation, there are thought to be approximately 2,500 species of moths in the UK. They can quickly become a problem, and be difficult to remove.

At ICE Cleaning, we provide moth control services nationwide, operating 24/7. We utilise advanced solutions and technologies to deliver excellent results to our customers.

With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the ways you can keep moths away from your clothes.

What are clothes moths?

Clothes moths are a species that eat material fibres. They thrive off protein such as protein, often produced by human hair, skin and nails.

When they digest fibres, damage can be caused. Holes may begin to form, as well as stitches becoming loose. Many items of clothing can be completely ruined by moths.

Once clothes moths have found shelter in fabrics, they will begin to lay their eggs. This makes the problem worse by creating an infestation, which is when it is time to call in the professionals.

For more information about how to identify clothes moths, take a look at this useful article provided by the Natural History Museum.

Take care of your wardrobe

As moths are attracted to materials with keratin and stains on them like clothing, taking care of your wardrobe is important for keeping them away from your belongings.

Always put dirty clothes in the wash, even if they only contain the smallest of stains. Once they are in the wardrobe, moths will be able to find them and make their home.

Moths are particularly drawn to clothing made of wool and silk, so it is important to keep these items of clothing stored away safely. It is often recommended to box up your seasonal belongings in breathable containers when they are not needed to protect them from moths. 

Also ensure to wash your clothes regularly. The high heat of the wash cycle helps to kill eggs and larvae from clothing, so they don't find their way into your closet.

Regularly vacuum your house

Getting the vacuum out regularly on carpets, soft furnishings and even in your wardrobe is an important measure for preventing moths from getting near your clothes.

Be thorough with your clean, making sure to cover hidden areas of the carpet like under furniture. Don't forget to consistently empty your vacuum cleaner, as moths can continue to produce even here. Also be sure to carry out general cleaning tasks round the house too, as it eliminates potential attractors for moths. 

For example, moths love dust as it is mostly made up of skin cells, so ensure to clean this off surfaces. This measure is particularly important in the summer when more moths are gaining access to your home through open windows.

Give coats a brush down

When you have been outside in your coat for the day, it is best to give your outdoor garments a brush down before you carry them into the home. This is because you may have picked up moths during the day but not noticed it. 

The same applies for clothes made of wool and fur, which are often used as outer layers. Giving clothing a brush down can help to shake loose any eggs or larvae that have settled into the material and prevents them from being brought into the house.

Additionally, it stops moths from coming into contact with your other clothes once the items have been put back in your wardrobe. It is a good idea to get into a regular routine of brushing coats before you come inside to keep on top of the issue.

When you are brushing the clothing, make sure to clean areas that are easily missed. This includes collars and the inside of pockets, as moths can settle anywhere.

Although this is one prevention method, it might be worth getting your clothes dry-cleaned for a more thorough job. The high temperatures used in this process help to kill larvae and eggs more effectively.

Professional pest control services

If you have noticed a moth infestation in your property, it is recommended you call in the professionals to remedy the issue. At ICE Cleaning, we carry out effective moth control solutions nationwide, working hard to return your building to a safe environment. 

What's more, our technicians are IPAF qualified, which means they can work safely at height. This is particularly beneficial during a moth control treatment, as they can often nestle in hard-to-reach areas.

We are committed to protecting the health of everyone involved in our services, following stringent safety guidelines throughout the service. It is important that our technicians know how to conduct the service safety but also to the highest of standards..

Contact us today

Reach out to our team today on 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk to find out more about our moth pest control. Our friendly support team are able to answer any questions or queries you may have.

Also don't forget to have a look at our other pest removal solutions to learn more about our diverse offering.

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