Fabric-damaging pests can wreak havoc on your wardrobe. Fortunately, you can protect your clothing by following these three simple steps.
(If you currently have a pest problem, you’ll need to first use an insecticide to eliminate the bugs before following these steps.)
The first step in protecting your clothes against pests is to clean them. Moths and carpet beetles, the primary pests that can cause damage, are attracted to natural fibers like wool and cotton. They also feed on organic stains within synthetic fibers.
Even if you don’t believe you currently have a moth problem, if the pests have laid eggs, you won’t be able to see them because they are so small. Always clean your garments first before following the next steps.
Use all-natural cedar to repel pests. When used correctly, cedar is very effective in preventing damage to your wardrobe.
The essential oils in aromatic cedar give off a scent that people and pets love, yet repel adult moths and carpet beetles. A general rule of thumb when considering how much dear to use: when you can’t smell it, the pests can’t either. Cedar is also renewable. When the scent fades, a quick rub with sandpaper or a mist of cedar spray restores its potency.
There are other herbal products that are environmentally safe and effective. Moth Away is made with a blend of natural herbs and comes in easy-to-use sachets. The sachets last 3-4 months and are an effective deterrent against pests.
Contain your clothes in a freestanding closet, storage box or bag to deter pests. If you’re using a natural repellent, storing clothing in an enclosed container also helps preserve the effectiveness of the repellent.
An insecticide is recommended in instances where you have had a known infestation or believe you many have one. It is also effective for silverfish control.
We offer insecticides made with para-Dichlorobenzene rather than the naphthalene found in old-fashioned mothballs. It takes only one-fourth the amount of para-Dichlorobenzene vapors to produce the same results as naphthalene. Plus, it leaves no clinging odor and will not stain fabrics. Clothes may be taken from a closet or storage, exposed to fresh air, and worn immediately.
When using products made from para-Dichorobenzene, you should place them as high up as possible in your closet or storage space. The vapors are five times heavier than air and will drift downward.
Once you have eliminated known pests, it’s a good idea to clean your garments, contain them and maintain a press-free zone with all-natural cedar or herbal repellents.
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