How can you get rid of clothes moths once they have found their way into your space? While clothes moths are not uncommon, they are still annoyance for you and pose a damage risk to your stored items. Let Community Park help you identify these pests so you can clear them from your space. Follow our steps below for expert advice on dealing with clothes moths!
How can you identify clothes moths as the ones causing damage in your storage? These pesky bugs go after fabrics—preferably fur, wool, cashmere, and other animal-based materials, but not exclusively. You might start to webbing between items of clothes or small holes. Although when we think of moths, we think of them in their large adult stages, clothes moths actually do the most damage to your items as larvae. It might be difficult to see the perpetrators, but they are in your storage and need to be cleaned out.
What do clothes moths look like? The casemaking and webbing clothes moths as adults are about 1 centimeter in size with yellow or gray coloring.
Start by going through your affected boxes. Take all the items that are in those containers and either wash them in warm water if you think they are salvageable or throw them away if they are too far gone. Some pieces might only need a quick stitch or patchwork. Once you have looked through everything, clean your storage space. Thoroughly vacuum and wash down any additional fabrics, and discard of your vacuum bag immediately. If you are storing in a space with carpeting, a steam clean or shampoo treatment is worth your time to make sure those clothes moths are gone for good.
To stop this problem before it starts in the future, there are a few things to keep in mind when storing. First, clothes moths are attracted to humid, dark spaces, such as storage units or attics. We know there is only so much you can do to control these factors, but any chance you get to open up your storage space for airflow and move items around to create a disruption is beneficial. Second, take precautions when choosing your storage container. Air-tight bins are your best protection against bugs and pests.
Where can you go for quality self storage in Cranberry Township, PA? Community Park has storage solutions for you on Route 19, right next to Cranberry Township Community Park. We aim to be convenient and accessible to our community with in-person and contactless options for renting storage. Check out our available storage units on our website to compare features and costs.
We offer standard drive-up storage units up to 250 square feet, so you can manage large loads with ease. In addition to our outdoor storage units, we also provide indoor storage units with temperature control. This means that through Pennsylvania summers, winters, and all the temperatures in between, your belongings are secure. Temperature control keeps extremes and fluctuations from causing damage among the sensitive items in your storage. Ward off rust, mold, and more!
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About the Author: Paige is a Social Media Coordinator at Storage Asset Management in York, PA. She brings the most useful storage tips and tricks to your social media feed and loves a good self-storage pun. Beyond work, Paige spends her free time traveling extensively, her most recent trip being the Andes Mountain region of Bolivia.