Closets, wardrobes, and even dresser drawers can be hiding and breeding places for many fabric pests.

Keep Dirty Clothes Out Of The Closets

Nothing attracts fabric pests more than cluttered, stuffed, and dirty unwashed clothes in the closet. Do not let stained clothes pile up in the laundry basket. The smell from these clothes will attract invasive pests. Laundromats often have unlimited washer/dryer usage hours, so you don’t have to worry about laundry piling up. Laundromats provide a wide variety of washers and dryers, including larger capacity machines to accommodate large loads or bulky items. So get that laundry in the car and use several washers and dryers and get the job done quickly to avoid invasive pests.

Vacuum Your Closet Monthly

Yes, the process of getting all the clothes out, cleaning the closet, and putting the clothes back inside intimidates us. But vacuum cleaning closets, drawers, and wardrobes go a long way to keep bugs away from these places. After you vacuum, just spray disinfectant in the storage places, let it dry a few hours, and restock the closet.

Use Repellants In The Clothes Storage Areas

Nothing works better in keeping fabric pests away than lavender sachet bags. Additionally, cedar blocks and mothballs in the storage areas play a big role in keeping your closet and wardrobe free from bugs. These repellants will not kill bugs but will help keep them away from your clothing. If you have an expensive leather jacket, a fur coat, or a silk dress, put them in a moth-proof garment bag.

How To Identify Insects That Eat Holes In Clothes

These are the biggest threat to your clothing, fabric, and especially your expensive clothes made of leather, wool, silk, fur, and feathers.

Carpet Beetles -It is not the adult insect but the larvae that feed on the fabric. The larvae consume natural fibers such as wool, mohair, fur, and feathers. The female beetles lay about four-generations within a year — which is a lot of eggs to put holes in your fabric.
Cockroaches – Cockroaches are attracted to perspirations and body fluid stains, food, and drink spills. It is a serious pest for cutting holes in the fiber of your clothing.
Crickets – Cricket excrement can stain clothes and they eat a stain that cuts the threads of the fabric. If you discover an infestation you should rewash your clothes in the closet before wearing them.
Silverfish – These pests feed at night and stay close to food sources. As the silverfish eat body soil, food stains, and natural fiber, they cut irregular holes in your clothes.
Termites– We do not think of termites eating holes in our clothes but they like clothing that has food stains, beverages, or body soil. They also often cut into the fabric causing holes.
Moths – The female moth lays up to 100 soft, white eggs called larvae and they adhere to the fabric.  The larvae feed for five weeks up to two years. Adult moths do not bother clothing; it is the larvae that feed and cut holes in clothes.

So, inspect your home for these invasive bugs or call a pest controller to get rid of them in your home. Make sure you wash your clothing often! If they have stains or perspiration on them, do not just hang them back in your closet.


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