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The moth clothes is the bane of the dressings! Its larva, which attacks tissues and especially wool for food, can be very voracious and make irreparable damage. It is therefore essential to know the preventive actions that are useful to guard against these insects and to know which mothproof products to use to get rid of them when they have infested the house.

The moth clothes.

The clothing moth is home-made on naturally-made fiber fabrics, such as wool.

How to get rid of clothes moth

Clothing moths can quickly become a nightmare and damage items and clothing made of natural fibers, especially woolen sweaters. It is therefore recommended not to wait until the house is invaded to eliminate them.

Methods to eliminate moths from clothing

In case of proven presence of moths clothes (holes in some clothes, small butterflies in the cupboards), we must not delay taking action to eliminate them. There are several effective systems and products against these insects.

  • Moth traps: thanks to pheromones, these systems attract male insects on a glue. The reproduction is then dammed. The non-toxic nature of this trap makes it easy to place in closets without fear for humans.
  • Moth repellentsMossballs used to be used as a repellent, but it has been shown to be a carcinogen. It is therefore recommended to favor other products, more natural and healthy for the man.
    • To manufacture oneselfsuch as cedar plates, lavender sachets, cotton balls soaked with essential oils of cedar, lavender, lemon, eucalyptus and / or mint. To keep a good efficiency, think about regularly renewing these natural insecticides, very effective against mites.
    • In commerceyou can get neem oil-based repellentsas a diffuser or spray.
  • Suitable insecticides: with this type of products, it is about killing and / or moving away the mites. They exist in different forms: lacquer, aerosol, spray (against crawling insects).

It is very easy to make yourself mothproof pouches to arrange in cabinets and dressers. To do this, refer to step by step: Make mothproof bags of clothes for closets.


Preventive measures

Attracted by the little used dark areas and the smells that emanate from the fabrics, the moths of clothes will settle in the cupboards if certain conditions are met. To avoid them as much as possible, there are some simple prevention tips.

  • Do not leave clothes stained or sweaty on the shelves. Stored clothes should always be clean.
  • Open, air, move clothes regularly in closets. Moths hate light and movement.
  • In case of storage of unused clothes or worn only at certain seasons, think about the store in airtight covers containing lavender pouches or cedar wood discs.
  • Perform regular cleaning cabinets and cupboards. Vacuum the bottom of the shelves and the underside of the furniture frequently, all the nooks where the pests can hide.

If the whole house is infested, it is recommended to contact a pest control company.


The dangers of mothballs

Naphthalene, a hydrocarbon, is present in many products: insecticides, cigarette smoke, motor fuel, wood heating... Soluble in air where it disperses easily, it is known in its crystallized form: mothballs. Deposited in closets, these have long been used for their repellency against moth invasions of clothing. But it has been proven that this substance is highly harmful to the man who can inhale it: it is cancerous and can cause tachycardia attacks.

Mothballs have been banned from mothproof solutions. It is advisable to prefer methods and products much more natural and equally effective. For more information, visit the page "Prevention and Natural Insect Treatments at Home".

The moth of clothes and its operation

Presentation of the clothes moth

The moth of clothes, also called "common ringworm of clothes", is found in clothes closets. Little butterfly light brown and measuring between 7 and 10 mm, he is from Western Eurasiafrom where it has been scattered all over the world thanks to travelers and transport.
This moth is kératophage, that is to say, it is able to digest the keratin used in the composition of hair, hair, wool, fur...

In the wild, these types of mites are present in the nests of birds (because of the presence of the feathers they feed on) and participate in the degradation of substances that are not easy to eliminate, such as fur, horns... mammal corpses. In homes, moths are attracted by clothing, fabrics, carpets made of animal fibers (wool, silk).

Good to know: it is the larvae of the clothes moth that cause the damage in our closets! Because they ingest the fibers and create holes in the clothes.


The main types of mites

The mites are of 2 types:

  • the mites clothes: they are butterflies whose larvae feed on the fibers of clothing (only animal fibers);
  • food moths: these are butterflies whose larvae feed on dry foods present in kitchens (flour, cereals, oat flakes, pasta, biscuits...).


Life Cycle and Moth Behavior

Moving from the egg stage to the butterfly stage, the moth of clothes takes up residence in the clothes because the female is sure to find there the source of food necessary for her larvae. This one is indeed able to detect molecules which will guide it towards the sources of food, because it is essential for the larva as soon as it hatches. If the conditions are right (well heated habitat), the development and renewal of mites can be very fast (about fifteen days).

To note Moths are lucifuges, that is to say that they flee the light to favor the shadows. This explains why they are very present in closets that are not often open, where tissues can be stored.

Moths clothes and nuisances for man

The clothes moth does not sting or bite the man. On the other hand, it causes material damage and allergies.

  • Fabrics (especially old), furs, feathered objects, collections of insects or stuffed animals are the main victims of the voracity of the mites. All these objects have in common to be made from animal fibers, whose mites are very fond. Historical and scientific remains, as in museums, must therefore be particularly protected from the invasions of these pests.
  • People with allergies-sensitive terrain may develop asthmatic diseases or allergic rhinitis in the presence of moths in their dwelling, but this has not yet been proved.


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