How to Get Rid of Clothing Moths

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

Arguably one of the most infuriating insects to deal with in the home is the clothing moth. While it is not the only type of insect that feeds on clothing, the clothing moth can be one of the most difficult insects to get rid of. Regardless of whether or not you have a current clothing moth problem, I encourage you to keep reading. (You can thank me later). If you have a clothing moth infestation, there are important steps that you need to follow 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 every garment in your closet is out of your budget, you can get rid of clothing moths by washing your clothes in very hot water – just  read clothing labels before doing so 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 48+ hours to kill off the larvae.

Two other options: You can bring the clothes out into the sun and vigorously brush them to kill any moth eggs and larvae. You can also place your clothes in an oven set to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Ensure that the items do not have any plastic or beadwork on them.

Clean out Your Closet

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

Focus on Prevention

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 any clothing items that are made with animal fibers, especially wool, fur, feathers, silk, felt, and leather. You should also keep your closet open, air it out regularly, and move clothing around often. Clothing moths despise light and movement.

Likewise, wash any vintage or used clothes before storing them.

Use Repellents

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

Natural Repellents

Cedar, clove, 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.

Dr. Killigan's Premium Clothing Moth Traps

Natural Pheromone Traps

Pheromone traps are a great route to take as they eliminate adult male moths, thus preventing moth reproduction, and do so without emitting toxic fumes in the air. Dr. Killigan has formulated, tested, and perfected his own non-toxic clothes moth traps. You can hang them in your closet or set them on your dresser, resting assured that the traps will take care of the problem and do so 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 both take care of any current problem you are experiencing and to prevent a future infestation from taking place. Happy eradicating! 

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