Home Care

How-To: Getting Rid Of Closet Moths

Believe it or not, there are non-toxic ways to protect your wardrobe from these little critters

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It's safe to say that no one likes dealing with closet moths—they lurk in the dark corners of our dressers and eat away at clothing pieces made of wool, cotton and silk and sometimes they damage bedding, too. While resorting to chemical-based moth balls can help, prevention is key if you want to get rid of these household pests forever. Here are a few ideas you can try: 

1. Keep a clean home. 

Unlike other moths, closet moths gravitate towards dirt and dust so they can easily nest in any part of the house. Maintaining a neat and tidy home is a good and easy must-do to keep them away.

2. Always do the laundry. 

The larvae of these closet moths—which feed on fabric—are attracted to sour odors and food stains. Make sure you don't leave dirty laundry around and that everything is properly cleaned regularly. 

3. Invest in good storage. 

Keep your clothes, linen, and other fabric pieces that moths can feed on stored in an air-tight cabinet. If possible, find a closet made out of cedar wood as it has strong properties that repel moths.

4. Make your own repellent. 

Strengthen your line of defense in warding off moths with a natural repellent. Try your hand at making homemade repellent sachets from dried herbs, bay leaves, and cedar chips which are more effective than store-bought moth balls. 

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