A clothes moth invasion in your storage area can be a disaster for your wardrobe. Did you know they can also infest bedding, draperies, upholstered furnishings and even floor coverings! Clothes moths hide in dark, undisturbed areas in your home where they can avoid light. Often times an infestation is discovered after you notice holes eaten through clothing items. There are many remedies to control clothes moths, consider these if you currently have an infestation or want to prevent one in the future:
Regular vacuuming and cleaning of the storage closet or cedar chest will reduce moths in the egg and larvae stage to eventually lead to elimination of the moths.
Dry clean clothing or bedding before storing them away. Doing so kills moths present at any stage and also removes the body smells that attract moths.
Store clothing in air tight, sealed containers. Remember, the only way a cedar chest works is if it is very, very tightly made. Eastern Red Cedar emits a volatile oil but only for a few years. Consider how long has that chest been in the family.
People typically use moth balls, but a safer more natural alternative is camphor.