How to Get Rid of Moths in the Closet

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Moths are small pests that can infest any area of your home, but prefer dark closets where they dine on your clothes. You won't be able to see these tiny insects, since they stay concealed in cracks and crevices, and hide from the light. The first indication that moths are living in your closet might be holes in your favorite sweater. Learn how to get rid of moths from your closet and avoid a full-blown infestation.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic trash bags
  • All-purpose cleaning soap
  • Silicone caulk or putty
  • Freezer bags

Remove all clothing, shoes and other items from your closet. Get rid of any garments, shoes or other items stored in your closet that you no longer use or wear. Place them in tightly sealed trash bags and properly dispose of them, since they may be infested with moth larvae.

Vacuum all the surfaces of your closet, including the floor, walls and ceiling. Scrub the surfaces with hot, soapy water to remove any moth larva. Make sure to thoroughly wash all shelves, drawers, cabinets and hanging rods.

Seal off any cracks, crevices or small openings in your closet where moths like to hide and lay their eggs. Use silicone caulk or putty. Check for tiny holes around the baseboard, drawers, cabinets, shelving and ceiling trim.

Wash or dry-clean your clothes before returning them to your closet. Place the clothing inside your freezer after washing if it's been heavily infested. Put small items such as handkerchiefs and socks inside a small freezer bag. Remove after two to three days and allow to thaw. Shake the clothing to remove any dead eggs or larva before returning them to the closet.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can store your clothes inside cloth garment bags and plastic containers with tight-fitting lids inside your closet. Avoid mothballs, since they contain potentially harmful chemicals. Use natural moth repellents such as lavender sachets, cedar oil and chips, and camphor.
  • Wash and dry-clean your garments regularly. Moths are attracted to clothes and other items that are soiled with beverages, food, perspiration and urine.

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