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Have you ever experienced the frustration of opening your wardrobe to find your favourite clothing items full of holes? If so, you likely have tiny and destructive invaders……clothes moths!
Meet the Culprits
Clothes moths, scientifically known as Tineola bisselliella, are tiny insects that are notorious for causing damage to clothing, carpets, upholstery, and other textiles!
Unfortunately for you, they also have expensive taste; tending to prefer clothes with natural fibres like your wools, silks, and cashmere, leaving you with holey nightmares and an empty wallet. Plus, there's the sentimental blow when favourite items are ruined.
The Lifecycle of Clothes Moths
To combat clothes moths effectively, it's essential to understand their lifecycle:
Egg Stage: Clothes moths start as eggs, which are tiny, often too small to be seen by the naked eye. They are usually laid on or near fabrics.
Larval Stage: Once the eggs hatch, larvae emerge. These are the culprits responsible for fabric damage. They create silken tubes and tunnels as they feed on your clothes, leaving behind a trail of destruction.
Pupal Stage: After feeding for several weeks, the larvae spin cocoons, where they undergo metamorphosis into adult moths.
Adult Stage: Once mature, adult clothes moths emerge from their cocoons. Adult clothes moths do not feed on fabrics, they are too focused on reproducing and laying eggs to start the cycle anew.
Preventing Clothes Moth Infestations
But here's some good news - you can prevent these saboteurs from ruining your wardrobe. We've got your back with a guide below to help you keep these pests at bay, along with a variety of our DIY products for you to purchase without breaking the bank!
What you can do yourself:
Cleanliness: It's important to frequently clean and vacuum your closet and storage areas, as clothes moths thrive in undisturbed and dusty environments.
Storage: It is recommended to store clothing in airtight containers or garment bags and consider using vacuum-sealed bags to keep clothes moth larvae out.
Temperature and Humidity Control: Clothes moths thrive in humid environments. A dehumidifier can help keep the humidity levels low in your home.
Regular Inspection: Routinely inspecting your clothing for signs of damage or adult moths can help prevent a full-blown infestation.
Our DIY Pest Control Solutions
Our moth traps such as the Zero In Demi Diamond Clothes Moth Killer are an effective and affordable way to capture adult moths and break the breeding cycle!
These traps are also refillable with the Zero In Demi Diamond Clothes Moth Killer Refills
Zero In Cedarwood Moth Balls and Moth Ringsare an effective repellent that'll make your clothes less appealing to these uninvited guests, a tried and tested method for centuries to keep your cotton, furs and woollens protected.
The Zero In Cedarwood Refresher Spray can be used to revive your cedarwood products. Made with 100% natural Eastern aromatic red cedar, this ensures your products are topped up, keeping them working for longer!
Cedarwood not only repels moths but also absorbs moisture, keeping clothes fresh and preventing ageing.
Zero In Clothes Moth Killer Aerosol is an easy-to-use treatment. The formula can be applied to entire rooms or targeted directly at clothes moths for quick elimination and rapid knockdown.
Zero In Clothes Moth Killer RTU Spray is another similar option. This water-based formula however controls moths by treating hard or soft surfaces, plus leaves the wardrobes, cupboards, and drawers germ-free through the advanced anti-bacterial action.
For the Wardrobe:
The Zero In range of wardrobe and clothes-specific solutions are extremely popular. The Clothes Moth Killer Hanging Unit can be used in two ways - it can be hung in the wardrobe by itself or used as a refill for the Multi-Hook Clothes Moth Killer. This is a great product that repels and kills moths while also saving wardrobe space by holding up to three hangers.
Zero In Clothes Moth Killer Strips also protect your clothes from damage to an area of up to one cubic metre in a simple-to-use format by either being pierced by a coat hanger or laid flat in your chest of drawers!
So, there you have it, a crash course in the world of clothes moths and how you can prevent them from turning your wardrobe into a disaster zone.
Say goodbye to moth holes and hello to a well-preserved wardrobe.
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