We’ve all had those pesky bugs flying around our homes. A lot of us have had the unpleasant experience of noticing new holes in a favorite shirt or sweater due to these pests. These tiny insects can cause massive headaches. Nobody welcomes moths into their home, but many people can’t figure out how to get rid of them. Other than the expensive option of exterminators, many people don’t see other viable options.
The first step is to access the situation. Figure out what extent of a problem you have. Are there only one or two insects you suspect to be moths or do you have a full-fledged infestation living in your home? You will also need to determine where the moths are and try to find any eggs or larvae. This step is crucial for determining your next course of action. If you found signs of moths on clothes in your closet, you should inspect your entire closet. Other common places to find clothing moths is near your rugs or curtains.
Once you have determined you have moths that are known to eat clothing, you will need to clean the area. If you found the moths in your closet, you will to discard clothing that is throughout damaged. Anything you decide to keep will need to be throughout cleaned. This can either be done by dry cleaning or washing your clothes with hot water. It is important to read your clothes’ labels before washing. After removing your clothes, vacuum and deep clean your closet. If you have an item you can’t wash you should consider freezing or heating the item in to oven (at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit), if possible.
Prevention is the best protection. The best way to prevent moth infestation is to regularly clean and vacuum your house. Get storage bins to properly store clothes that are not being used and washed regularly. Scented repellents can work but are not always effective. Moth balls may work but they are essentially a pesticide so make sure you read the directions fully before using. Breathing in their fumes can make someone very sick. Make sure to keep them away from children and pets.
If you find moth eggs or larvae in or near your rug, you should take your rug to a professional rug cleaner. Through specialized cleaning processes, they can get the larvae and eggs out of your rug. They will also be able to inspect damage and determine what is best for your rug. In order to prevent moths from laying eggs in your rug, you should get your rug professionally cleaned every 2-3 years and keep your rug away from excessive moisture.