dresses-53319_1920Imagine your disappointment when you pull your favorite shirt out of your closet, only to discover that it’s covered in holes. If you have clothes moths, this situation is sadly common. Moth larvae love to nibble on our favorite clothes and ruin our wardrobes. Orlando pest removal experts are well acquainted with these wardrobe nuisances.

Signs of Moth Issues

How do you know if you have clothes moths? An obvious sign is holes in your clothes. When moth larvae feed on fabric, they leave behind irregularly shaped holes. Damaged fabrics can also have silken cases, silken threads, or even fecal pellets on them. Gross! Another clue that you have a moth problem is a musty smell in your closet. You could also notice webbing in your closet. You could even see adult moths running over the surface of your clothes.

Tips for Prevention

This National Moth Week, July 20-30, we want to help you keep your clothes safe from destructive moths. There are a number of ways to keep your closet moth-free.

  1. Usually, moth eggs enter homes from outdoors. If you’ve worn a wool, fur, or feather garment outdoors, brush it off before you enter your house. This helps keep moth eggs outdoors where they belong.
  2. Moths are attracted to the smell of sweat, so make sure to wash your clothes before you store them. Delicate clothes can be dry cleaned, instead. When your clothes and closet are clean, moths have less reason to move in.
  3. Proper storage of your clothes is also essential. Keep your closet well ventilated and eliminate humidity. Since Florida is the most humid state in the country, you may need to get a dehumidifier.
  4. Hang your clothes on cedar hangers, since moths are repelled by cedar. If you have any clothing you don’t wear often, store it in airtight packages for even more protection.

Dealing with Moth Infestations

By following the simple steps above, you can keep your clothes safe from moths. However, once moths move in, mitigating them can be more difficult. Some people try to handle moths on their own with mothballs, but these aren’t a great idea. Aside from the terrible smell, mothballs are toxic. Even one mothball can seriously harm a small child or a pet, so it’s best to keep them out of your house. A moth infestation is a great reason to bring in pest control experts.

Have moths taken over your closet? It’s time to get rid of them before they have a chance to ruin all your clothes. The Orlando pest removal experts at Apex can help you evict the moths and take back your closet. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation quote.