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Moth Prevention Tips To Keep Your Wardrobe Safe

Nobody is really a huge fan of the moths, let’s be honest they are nowhere near as pretty as butterflies, and when one of these things fly through your bedroom, all hell breaks loose. And when they make it to your wardrobes they can begin to eat through your favourite shirt leaving a huge moth made hole in the front. We have a few moth prevention tips to keep your wardrobe safe and so that your favourite jumper doesn’t fall victim to a family of moths.

Why Do I Need Moth Prevention Tips For My Wardrobe?

Your wardrobe ticks all the boxes to become moths brand new home, plenty of skin particles to feed on and a lot of animal based clothes rich in nutrients to keep them going for the foreseeable future. Moths have a particular diet, so their mothers usually pick clothes in your wardrobe that are made from animal fibres, such as your really expensive cashmere jumper or any wools or angora. Just any materials that contain a form of keratin that can give the larvae nutrients to grow – which explains why moths enjoy eating your skin particles.

Clean Your Wardrobe

You probably didn’t need me to tell you to clean your wardrobe but believe it or not it’s the easiest way to find where the moths are hiding and what the easiest solution to flush them out is. Moths enjoy living in the deepest darkest depths of your wardrobe, which is what makes it such an ideal breeding ground, a Hoover is a moth’s worst nightmare as they do not like to be disturbed.

The first hurdle is to locate the source of the larvae and find out where the moth mummy has been laying her hundred of eggs, try checking places such as carpets, scarfs, toys and old clothes. To extract the larva and find if they’re present then take these items outside and shake them.

To prevent the infestation of moths, you need to make sure your wardrobe drawers and any other dark, warm storage spaces are kept squeaky clean. Give the affected areas a wipe down and be extra vigilant when checking nooks and crannies for potential egg and larvae nests. Keeping your room well ventilated can also aid in steering moths away from your bedroom, moths prefer dark, damp places so keep your room fresh and ventilated.

The next best thing to do is dry clean any remaining clothes with our dry cleaners in Milton Keynes, as moths don’t like the taste of dry cleaning chemicals, so they steer clear of any of your professionally cleaned clothes. Another way to keep your clothes safe from pesticides is to store your clothes in a plastic bag and freeze them for 48 hours. This makes them bullet proof to any pesticides and gives you somewhere to store your clothes while cleaning out your wardrobe – freezing your clothes also kills any pesticides that may be on them. However, you need to make sure you freeze them in a bag to prevent damage to your clothing.

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Clean Clothes

Try washing your clothes every time before you put them back in your wardrobe; dirty clothes are a moths dream. With loose skin particles, hair follicles and sweat particles all in one item of clothing this is a feast for a family of moths, and with items like knitwear, it’s a lot easier to get hold of them in the loose material. Especially after cleaning out your entire wardrobe make sure to not put back in any dirty items of clothing.

Precautions With Preowned

Although it is advised by everyone that you should wash pre-owned clothes before welcoming it into your wardrobe, not everybody does. Clothes may not always arrive clean to a second hand or charity shop, and you are at a significant risk of bringing an unwanted pesticide into your home without even realising it. You could take extra precaution and dry clean any pre owned items of clothing that you may receive or simply just wash them on a high-temperature wash, sharing clothing is actually the number one cause of clothes moths, but it can be easily avoided.

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Store Clothing In Clothing Bags

If you choose this option, you should be aware that you must change your clothing bags regularly as they collect dust, and dust can attract moths. Although you may only want to store your most expensive our favourite items of clothing in these bags, as you may not want the hassle of taking your everyday or work clothes out of a big plastic bag every day.

Natural Remedies

There are a few natural remedies of substances or spices you can hang up in your wardrobe that supposedly repels moths, although there isn’t much scientific evidence to prove that these work,

Cedar

Cedarwood is a natural moths repellent, and they are really handy if you have drawers or a wardrobe made out of cedar. If not you can buy cedar blocks or cedar chips from stores and scatter them inside you wardrobes, you can also purchase cedarwood clothes hangers online that will prevent moths and their larvae from eating through your clothes. On this note, cedarwood does lose its scent, so it will need to be replaced to keep up its moth repelling properties.

Lavender

Lavender supposedly has moth repelling purposes; you can hang up bags of lavender in your wardrobe or soak some cotton balls in lavender oil and scatter them in your wardrobe.

Bay Leaves

Bay leaves radiate an overpowering strong scent that moths hate to breathe in, sprinkle dried bay leaves in your wardrobe or chest of drawers to eliminate moths; alternatively you can have up bags of dried bay leaves as a less messy option.

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Summary

So there you have it, there are plenty of ways to keep your favourite items of clothing safe this summer, clothes moth infestations aren’t particularly common as there are over 2,500 moth species and roughly about 3 of them enjoy eating clothes. If you have a moth infestation we can keep your favourite clothes in safe hands with our dry cleaning in Milton Keynes, if you liked this article or found it helpful then why not share with your friends?

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