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Discover clothes moths and how to get rid of them and prevent their reappearance

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Discover clothes moths and how to get rid of them and prevent their reappearance
Discover clothes moths and how to get rid of them and prevent their reappearance

How to get rid of clothes moths

 Clothes moths begin to appear at the beginning of summer, i.e. from April to October, as clothing moths prefer high humidity and warm atmospheres to begin their mission of damaging and damaging clothes, and clothes moths are small larvae that invade clothes by entering through cracks and openings towards the wardrobe. It lays its eggs on the clothes and fabrics in the closet, and after the eggs hatch, the process of eating the clothes, and fabrics made of animal skin are the preferred food for moths, such as wool, silk, cashmere and fur. Cotton, causing cracks or holes to appear in clothes, and in this article we will show the most important ways to get rid of clothes moths.


How to know clothes moths

It is known that clothes moths do not prefer light, so they lay their eggs in dark places in the closet; Such as the back of them, or in the drawers that open only rarely, or under the carpet. It should be noted that the female moths lay about 50-1000 eggs at a time, and after hatching small white larvae emerge, with a brown head, which become adults after 3 months.


Getting rid of clothes moths

It is possible to get rid of clothes moths by working to end their life cycle, and getting rid of larvae and eggs as well, by following the following steps:


- Get all clothes out of the closet.


- Clean the cabinet, especially the bottom, drawers, and corners, using the crevice head of the vacuum cleaner.


- Wash the clothes in the closet, using the highest temperature available in the washing machine.


- Put the fabrics that cannot be washed in the washing machine in plastic bags, making sure that they are closed tightly, and then put them in the freezer for 48 hours, as temperatures below zero will kill clothes moths.


-Cleaning the entire home's carpets, especially the carpets under furniture.


- Use a clothes mite spray on the affected areas of the carpet.


- Clothes that have been eaten by moths should be repaired using a sewing machine or needle and thread, while clothes with large holes that cannot be repaired should be disposed of by placing them inside a plastic bag, closing it tightly, and then discarding it directly.


Prevent the return of clothes moths

There are many tips that are useful in avoiding damage to clothes, and preventing damage to new pieces of clothing, and which prevents the recurrence of moths infesting clothes again, and among these tips are the following:


- Make sure to clean the wardrobe weekly, in order to get rid of dust that attracts clothes mites.


- Wipe the inside of the cabinet, including shelves and rails, at least once every several months, using a clean cloth and an all-purpose cleaner.


- Keep clothes and pieces of clean, dry fabrics in the closet, and avoid storing damp, scented or soiled clothes in the closet, to avoid attracting moths.


- Make sure to keep stored clothes and bed linen for the upcoming season in an airtight plastic bag.


- Keep dresses and suits in closed plastic bags, and hang them in the closet.


- Wash used clothes when you buy them, and set the washing machine to the highest washing temperature.


- Ventilate the room when the temperature rises, taking care to check the clothes, and look for any cracks or holes on the clothes.



Home recipes to get rid of clothes moths


- Using cloves, as it is one of the best options for getting rid of clothes moths, by placing a number of cloves inside transparent cloth bags, hanging them in the closet, or placing them inside drawers.


- Use white vinegar, which is an effective natural repellent to get rid of moths. The solution can be made using an amount of white vinegar with an equal amount of water, and then spraying the clothes with the solution. It should be noted the importance of avoiding spraying the vinegar solution on silk or leather clothes; It can damage it.


- Put a number of cedar wood rings inside the cabinet, as it is a natural repellent for moths.


- Put a number of mothballs inside the cupboard and drawers, which are balls made of toxic chemicals and produce strong smelling fumes, or use small cloth bags and fill them with dry herbs such as lavender, rosemary or thyme; In order to expel moths.


- Use a natural repellent consisting of neem oil, by placing two liters of water in a glass spray bottle, adding a quantity of liquid soap to it, then adding several drops of neem oil to the solution, shaking the bottle well, and then spraying the solution directly on the mites and larvae.


- Spray the carpets with natural repellent oils such as lavender, by adding a few drops of lavender oil to a glass spray bottle, then pouring a quantity of water inside the bottle, and spraying the carpets and clothes with a solution of lavender and water.

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