How to Stop Moths From Eating Your Favorite Clothes

Getting rid of moths in your clothes is never easy.

A moth infestation is difficult to manage, especially since consumer advisors say not to use poison while noting that other products don’t work well enough.

It Can Be Tough, But You Should Throw Away All Your Clothes That Have Moths In It, According To A German Consumer Magazine Okotest.

Meanwhile, wash and put away any items that don’t have moths. Put them in the freezer and vacuum your closet and dresser.

Pay special attention to cracks – you can clean them with hot air from a hair dryer, advises the German Environment Agency. Wipe surfaces with vinegar water.

And for the future, use a combination of prevention and control products that do not harm people or animals.

Product testers from Okotest advise against the use of poisons containing substances that may endanger your health and that of your pets.

Moth-repellent substances made of paper or gel sachets release poisons that leave marks on surfaces. The moth-killing substance can also attack your nervous system or that of your pets, leading to the risk of headaches, bad moods and eye irritation.

So, when reviewing 33 products to treat clothes moths, Okotest rated them all as poor or insufficient, although they were successful in controlling moths and larvae.

Homemade bags of lavender make an excellent natural moth repellent. They won’t completely drive insects away but will make life a bit more difficult for them. Photo: Kai Remmers/dpa

However, the sticky traps got a better rating from product testers, presenting no danger to people or pets.

The problem is that you won’t catch all the butterflies because the traps contain a substance that only attracts male insects.

This leaves the female butterflies and their larvae still snug in your favorite sweater.

According to German pest control experts, female moths can lay up to 250 eggs. So sticky traps are probably only part of your possible solution.

What you also need are repellents, in the form of textile sprays, sachets or other diffusers that emit scents like lavender and margosa oil which comes from the neem tree.

You can also try your own remedies like homemade lavender bags or dispose of cedar wood. They won’t completely drive away insects or protect your clothes from moths.

“But they help make life difficult for moths, and without using any poison at all,” explains Okotest.

During this time, only put away clothes that you have washed and dried first, as moths are attracted to sweat and dander.

Brush and beat any clothes you rarely wear and make sure they are well ventilated. You can also have them cleaned and then sealed and stored away from moths. – dpa