As temperatures begin to cool down, we’re all putting away our cute little cotton tops and replacing them with the cozy wool sweaters we stashed away last spring. Unfortunately, some of you have already made the discovery we dread each fall — that while you were out enjoying the summer sun, an uninvited guest was hanging out in your darkened closet.
Moths don’t really mean to destroy your cold weather wardrobe. They’re not by nature an angry group. It’s just that they prefer to feed in dark, undisturbed spaces and those wools and silks you’ve stored away provide the perfect menu. Want to protect your clothes and your hard earned cash? Follow these tips and moths will be looking for a new place to hang out.
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Don’t throw away cold hard cash every fall. Instead, protect your garments by putting them on ice. Place your favorite wool sweater in a plastic packet and store it in the freezer for a week. The cold temperatures will eliminate the problem when a high heat wash isn’t an option.
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It’s not just your cozy sweaters they’re after. Moths are just as likely to snuggle up in your sofa, armchair or carpet. If you see signs of an infestation, use a hair dryer on the highest heat setting and slowly move it over the fabric. The hot air will quickly take care of unseen eggs.
When was the last time you gave those dresser drawers a good cleaning? #MothBites
Moths like dust and dirt just as much as they like wool — so don’t send them an open invitation to make themselves at home. Spray the insides of your dresser or wardrobe with a vinegar-based cleaner. Then wash it with a warm soap solution. Be sure to remove any drawers before you begin cleaning. The gap between the wall of the wardrobe and the shelves is their favorite place to hide.
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Moth larvae love what you leave behind. They feed on the dry skin that may have flaked off the last time you wore your favorite sweater or hair that has collected on garments. Be sure to clean your sweaters before you store them or moths may take a bite out of your clothing budget.
Moths may like your pretty sweaters, but they’re not crazy about certain pretty scents. #MothBites
To naturally repel moths, try this DIY solution. Place cloves, lavender or dried orange peels in a sachet bag. Then place it in your closet or dresser drawers. The scent will send them looking for a more welcoming home.
You may like a freshly cleaned sweater, but moths prefer the ones you’ve worn a few times. #MothBites
Some people try using pheromone traps to keep moths out. But the bad news is — only the male moths are attracted to them. The females just go on about their business — laying eggs in worn clothing. If you don’t have time to get to the cleaners, moth-proof your sweaters before storing by sealing them in plastic bags.
You may have won the war against moths last season. But the battle continues. #MothBites
All it takes is one sneaky moth and you’ll have an entirely new infestation. They like to lay their eggs in dark, secluded spots, so your closet is the perfect hide-away. Place a pouch of Stay Away® Moths by your favorite items. While you’ll love the fresh smell, moths will be repelled by it — and your pretty sweaters and silks will be safe for yet another season.
Moths aren’t the only pests that can do expensive damage. As the cold weather sets in, mice and insects will be making their best effort to find a warm place to spend the winter months. Be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook, Pinterest, & Twitter pages, for tips that will help you keep them out of your home. And stock up on Stay Away®. Our natural pest repellents work on more than just moths. They’re guaranteed effective and will help you prevent rodents, ants and spiders as well.