How to Get Rid of Clothing Moths

How to Get Rid of Clothing Moths - Dr. Killigan's

How to Get Rid of Clothing Moths

Arguably one of the most infuriating insects dealt with in the home is the clothing moth. While not the only type of insect that feeds on clothing, the clothing moth can be one of the most difficult to get rid of. If you are unsure whether you have a clothing moth problem, read my blog on how to identify clothing moths. If you have confirmed that you have a clothing moth infestation, there are important steps that you need to take to curtail their infiltration and prevent future issues.


Unfortunately, clothing moths have the ability to damage possessions beyond repair. Rather than dwelling on a destroyed item, take action by discarding it in an effort to liberate yourself from the infestation.

Clean the Items you are keeping

Dry cleaning is a great way to kill any lingering larvae on your clothing, but it can be a bit pricey. If dry cleaning everything in your closet is a bit out of your budget, you can get rid of clothing moths by washing your clothes in very hot water – just carefully read clothing labels before doing so, in an effort to avoid shrinkage/damage.


If some of your clothes are too delicate to be washed in hot water, you have the option of freezing them for about 48 hours to kill off the larvae.


You can also bring the clothes out into the sun and vigorously brush them to kill any moth eggs and larvae. Still another solution is to place items in an oven set to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, as long as the items do not have any plastic or beadwork on them.  

Clean out your Closet

Be sure to very carefully vacuum your closet, with special attention to any corners. When finished, dispose of the vacuum waste outside, because it is likely full of the clothing moth eggs and larvae.


Taking care of the current infestation is important, but so is taking action to prevent any future invasions. Consider investing in plastic storage bins for your clothing. You should also keep your closet open and move clothing around often, since clothing moths despise light and movement.

Use Repellents

The final step is incorporating some sort of repellent. Moth balls should be avoided, because they are poisonous if consumed by children, and breathing large amounts of the fumes that they emit can make you, your children, and your animals very sick.

Natural Repellents

Cedar, cloves, and lavender can all be used to repel moths. You can diffuse these essential oils in your closet, but be careful that the oils do not get on your clothes, as some essential oils can stain. In addition to essential oils, you can use cedar chips, fresh cloves, or fresh lavender. These natural and non-toxic repellents are a great alternative to poisonous moth balls.

Natural Pheromone Traps

Pheromone traps are a great route to take, as they eliminate adult male moths to prevent moth reproduction, without emitting toxic fumes in the air. Dr. Killigan has formulated, tested, and perfected his own non-toxic Clothing Moth Traps. You can hang them in your closet or set them on your dresser, and you can rest assured that the traps will take care of the problem, without sacrificing the health and safety of you and your loved ones in the process.  


Clothing moths can be a hassle and a headache, but there are things you can do to eradicate an infestation. To get rid of these pests, thoroughly clean your clothes and your closet, and keep Dr. Killigan’s Premium Clothing Moth Traps on hand to take care of any current problem you are experiencing, and to prevent a future infestation from taking place. Happy eradicating!