Clothes moths actually have been significant in economic distress in the past due to thousands of dollars for treatment. These days, they are not as big of a problem as they were in the past and although they do not pose as big of a threat today, infestations of clothes moths can be a great nuisance and will create damage to the insides of homes. There are two important species of clothes moths, however, treatment will be the same for both species.
The key to control of clothes moths is proper identification. There are varieties of moth species that can infest a home and proper identification of clothes moths will aid in correct treatment. Also, a big misconception is that adult clothes moths create damage. Actually, adult clothes moths are just a nuisance, but rather, it is the larvae that create the most damage to fabrics and upholstered furniture. Therefore, thorough inspection is crucial for control of clothes moths. Good sanitation is also a key control method. When storing clothes and fabrics, they should be sealed correctly in containers with tight fitted lids. Susceptible materials should be laundered regularly because not only will the fabric be appealing to them, but odors of sweat and urine will be highly attractive to clothes moths. You may see infestations in areas that are in constant contact with people like upholstered couches and closets.
There are a couple different methods that can be used for control of clothes moths:
- Moth traps that are placed in areas of infestation may be the safest and most effective way to treat clothes moths infestations. There are moth traps available that target clothes moths specifically (CLOTHES MOTH TRAP (PHEROMONE KIT), PRO-PEST CLOTHES MOTH TRAP by J.F. OAKES). Pheromone traps are the most effective in that they will target the male clothe moths and reduce reproduction rates.
- Crack and crevice treatment can be done with aerosol sprays (TOPIA INSECTICIDE AEROSOL, 565 PLUS XLO). The baseboards and corners should be treated carefully. All treated areas should be left to dry (2-3 hours) before coming in contact with. All fabrics and stored items should be taken out and laundered before treating areas of infestation.
Before using any insecticide, product labels must be thoroughly read. Follow all directions thoroughly.