Have you ever gone to put a t-shirt on to find out it has small holes from insect bites? It can be incredibly frustrating especially when the clothes are relatively new. Here we are going to establish what eats clothing and some of the best ways you can help to prevent it.
What eats clothing
Moths are one of the biggest causes of clothing damage; they are often the first thing that comes to mind when you have damaged clothing. It may come as a surprise, but adult moths do not eat your clothing, but they do deposit eggs into your clothing, these eggs then turn into hungry larvae. You might notice holes in your clothing more if they are made of certain materials such as silk, wool and leather as they like to consume fabrics which are more of an animal-based material. If you have any fabric that has been made of food-based stains, they are also known for taking a little nibble on them too.
Another insect which likes to take a hack at your clothing is the Carpet Beetle; they only live around 20 to 60 days, however, will lay around 100 eggs at a time. They are usually present in your home for up to a year before they move. They look very similar to a ladybug, however, are much smaller in size.
Where do bugs eat clothing?
Bugs that like to eat clothing will often do so undisturbed; they do not like to nibble on anything that is used regularly. Clothes moths and carpet beetles can commonly be found in stored clothing areas such as wardrobes and chest of draws. Dressing tables are also another place they like to hide which is why you should be careful of your make up. If you keep any of your clothing in the attic or the garage, then this can often be a nightmare for your clothing.
When do these cloth eating terrors infest our clothes?
Moths will often thrive during the warmer months, so it is a good idea to stay extra vigilant. If you notice any holes in your clothing, it might be an idea to invest in some Acana hanging moth killer and wardrobe freshener to help prevent them from eating away at your clothing.
How do I prevent moths from eating my clothes?
If you don’t know already it is probably a great idea to get into your sliding wardrobes in Milton Keynes and give it a thorough clean. It is one of the best ways for you to locate where the moths might be hiding, and to then establish what the best way of getting rid of them is depending on the size of the infestation. Moths enjoy the dark depths of your wardrobe, so if you have a place in your wardrobe which is not used often, then you might want to start here. As a moth does not like to be disturbed it will usually hate a hoover; we recommend getting right into the corners of your wardrobe.
As we briefly mentioned it is the larvae of the moth you need to be most wary of. Your clothing is their breeding ground so try and establish which part of your wardrobe has been most affected by the clothing that has been eaten. It might be the case that you have to throw some of your clothing items away as they may not be salvageable.
To prevent this from happening in the future, you will want to to keep your wardrobes, chest of draws or beauty cabinets as clean as possible. Be extra vigilant with these spaces; we recommend giving them a deep clean every couple of months as your wardrobes can often become neglected. Give all of the regularly affected areas a wipe down, so there is no chance of any moths or beetles laying any eggs.
Ventilation is another thing to think about when it comes to your wardrobe. As a closed space if your bedroom is warm, it can become reasonably humid, which means moths are more likely to live longer and breed. Make sure your room is well ventilated, this could mean simply opening your windows every morning, it will also help to keep your room as fresh as possible.
Another step you can take is to get your clothes professionally cleaned, for example, at your local dry cleaners in Milton Keynes. Dry cleaners use different chemicals in comparison to your daily clothing detergent and are more likely to completely get rid of the larvae which eat away at your clothing.
Clean clothes more regularly
Dirty clothing is a great place for a moth to start breeding, there are a couple of items you might not wash as often due to the type of material they are. However, if you put warn clothing into your wardrobe, it is a moths dream. Loose skin particles, sweat particles and even your hair follicles are all things a moth will feast on. Knitwear is one item they are most likely to get into because the clothing material is looser.
If you have items of clothing which you wish to hold onto but do not wear very often then you might want to consider using a clothing bag. Clothing left untouched can gather a large amount of dust and are more likely to attract moths and other cloth-eating insects. Clothes bags with vacuum seals are a great way to store your clothes as they help maximise the space you have.
Keep your wardrobe safe from infestations
Having your clothing eaten by moths can be such a pain, especially when they are your favourite item of clothing. Make sure to keep your wardrobe as clean as possible as well as keeping your bedroom well ventilated. Moths and beetles can sometimes be undetectable, so we always recommend having a good clear out of your wardrobe. If there is anything old that you no longer think you will wear why not give it away to charity.