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How to get rid of moths in the house

Moths majorly infest food, including grains and lentils; but can also damage wool and silk clothes. Here are some useful tips on how to get rid of moths from your home!


There are two common types of moths found at home – Indian Meal Moth that infests food grains, including rice, lentils, and flour; and Webbing Clothes moth that are attracted to animal sourced clothes, such as wool and silk garments.

Even though the food infested by them is most commonly not harmful, it can be a nuisance to deal with them every night as they come out after hours and are attracted to light. However, the clothes moth can be quite damaging when it comes to your expensive silk sarees and warm woollen clothing.

Unlike other moths, you will not see a clothes moth come out at night; hence it can be quite difficult to spot them, especially if you have packed away clothes in suitcases or storage spaces. In most cases, you’ll only know you’ve got an infestation when you start seeing holes in your wool and silk garments.

So, if you are wondering how to preserve your beloved clothes, read on the following guide. 

The best way to get rid of moths in your home, especially clothes moths, is to wash your clothes will a high-quality laundry detergent like Surf Excel. Also, do not leave or store any dirty clothes, moths love to crawl up in those!

1) Get rid of moth Larvae by Washing at High Temperatures

One of the best methods to get rid of moth larvae is to wash your clothes in hot water. 

Not only will this take care of the larvae, but it will also attract fewer moths. You see, clothe-moths are attracted to the sweat in clothes, so if you wash your clothes with a good quality laundry detergent, the clothes moth is less likely to enter your home and closet.

One of the high-quality laundry detergents is Surf Excel – but be sure to read the instructions on the label for optimal results. However, there is one slight problem with this approach – the clothing that moths are usually attracted to, such as wool and silk, should not be washed in hot water. So, what is the solution to get rid of moths completely?

This may sound crazy, but hear us out!

Getting rid of clothes moths can be done by boiling them, as we have discussed before, but freezing them is a good alternative! Simply put your clothes in a bag and place the bag in the freezer for a few hours. After this, remove the clothes and wash them with warm (not hot!) water.

By doing this, you will get rid of moth larvae as well, and reduce the extent to which clothes moths are attracted to your clothes.  Although this is a good approach, the moths may still be present in your wardrobe, which can breed and produce new larvae.

So, getting rid of clothing-moths is not only about cleaning your clothes thoroughly when you come across them, but also about keeping up regular maintenance to make sure that they do not return!


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2) Get rid of moths with a Few Small Changes

There are a few small changes that you could make in your home to get rid of moths.

The following quick and easy tips should help you keep the clothes moth out of your home once and for all!

  • Even if you stay in cold temperatures and think you do not sweat, you actually do, so it is very important to wash your clothes the day after you wear them.
  • Since the clothing-moths prefer darker, smaller spaces, it might also be a good idea to keep wool or silk clothing in a more spacious place.
  • Take a good hard look at your wardrobe – do you really need that saree that you never wear? By cleaning your wardrobe out, there is extra room for your clothes to breathe, and thus, will not develop any mold.
  • Take your clothes out of the wardrobe, and give your wardrobe a thorough cleaning – when is the last time that you have done that? Imagine all the moths that could be hiding in those dark, dusty corners.
  • You can also trick the moths away from your favourite clothes! Simply hang some old wool in between your clothes – this will almost guarantee to attract the moths, since they go for wool above anything else, and after a few days simply throw it out and if needed, replace with another piece of old wool.

Key Steps:

1. Read the labels on the affected items. If the clothes can be washed at higher temperatures, soak them in hot water for a few hours before washing them.

The more delicate items, which usually cannot be washed at higher temperatures, should be put in a bag and put in the freezer – a couple of hours is usually enough. After that, remove the bag from the freezer and wash like you normally would – extreme temperatures get rid of moth larvae.

2. It is one thing to get rid of moths, but another to know how to get rid of moths once and for all. The best way is to clean your wardrobe regularly, and make sure that your clothes are not packed too close to each other – moths love the cosy, dark place! That is why they love woollen clothing.

What you could do is store some of your clothes separately, such as folding them on open shelves. Section three of this article provides you with more tips on how to get rid of moths, and prevent them from coming in the first place.

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