Fortunately, there are some effective preventative measures (along with our bed bug heat treatment in London) you can put in place to deter these pests from feasting on your wardrobe, whether it is your favorite outfits or clothing you store away when they are out of season to avoid moth infestations.
1.Use natural pest repellents
When it comes to using a more natural approach to pest repellents, pest removal, and infested items, you have a lot of options. Traditional moth balls contain toxic chemicals like Para dichlorobenzene or naphthalene but they don’t work in all life stages of the insect. These are also not chemicals you want children or pets to have access to, and they smell terrible. Using a more natural repellent is effective as a treatment for moths and safer for you and your family.
A couple of natural repellents you could use are:
- Peppermint oil. Rodents are not fans of the scent of peppermint, and you can carry out DIY mice control. You could spray this anywhere you suspect pests are hanging out to deter them. Using a store-bought peppermint spray or a DIY spray will keep pests out of your closet and avoid calling one of the pest control companies in London.
- Herb sachets. A lot of herbs that people find pleasing have the opposite effects on pests that like to destroy your wardrobe. Fill up a small pouch with herbs like lavender, clove, mint, and rosemary to keep moths, beetles, and silverfish out of your closet.
- Cedar. Placing a satchel with cedar chips inside or cedar balls in your closet effectively keeps pests away from your clothes. Moths and silverfish can’t stand the smell of cedar and will leave your wardrobe alone.
You can do the same when it comes to beds – use this to avoid pest control service or even heat treatment for the bed after being infested.
2.Wash your clothes before storing them
When it comes time to store away clothing for the season, give them a good wash and make sure they are completely dry. Avoid using starch and fabric softeners on the clothes you are packing away. They tend to attract pests.
3.Don’t use cardboard for storage
After your clothes are freshly laundered, make sure you store them away in hard plastic containers. Cardboard is a food source for some pests like silverfish, and rodents can chew through cardboard easily to get to your clothes.
4.Keep your closet clean
Vacuuming regularly will keep pests out of your closet. Keeping on top of cleaning your closet will help to remove any eggs, dust, spiders, or larvae that might be hiding amongst your wardrobes.
- Inspect laundry before bringing it in from outdoor lines
If you hang your clothes to dry on an outside line, you may be attracting bugs to your freshly washed clothes. Moths, flies, and beetles may be attracted to the scent of your laundry detergent, and the fabric is a perfect spot to lay eggs.
All it takes is one of these pests to come in on your laundry to start an infestation. One adult moth can lay up to a hundred eggs.
- Check your clothes regularly
This tip may seem obvious, but a lot of people don’t inspect their clothes regularly, especially clothes that don’t get worn often. Just a quick scan to look for bugs or eggs will save you the headache of having to replace your clothes. Early detection will let you get a treatment plan in place before any damage is done.
What to do if you have a pest infestation in your closet
If you find pests in your closet, you need to clean your whole wardrobe and wash all of your clothes. Don’t just wash clothes you find with holes or bugs on them; you need to wash all of them. If you miss just one bug, you will have a infestation again and must do the process all over again.
Using water as hot as your clothes can handle mixed with the laundry detergent will kill off any pests on your clothes. You may want to run the clothes through the hot water wash twice just to be sure.
If you don’t have a washer to wash your clothes, you could rent a portable heat tent from your local pest control company to kill the bugs that way.
Freezing your clothes is also an option for killing those pests. Place your clothing in a bag and place them in the freezer for three days, and the bugs will die off.
Before putting your clothes back into your closet, be sure to vacuum the whole closet, wipe down any shelves, wipe down the walls and the doors. It would be best if you were thorough to ensure you got every last bug, egg, and excrement left behind.
Taking preventative measures while storing out-of-season clothing or for garments hanging in your closet could be all it takes to prevent an infestation of creepy crawlies in your home.
If you find yourself amid a full-blown infestation in your closet or your home, you may need to call in a pest specialist. If you live in the Croydon area, many pests control specialists can help you reclaim your home and peace of mind.
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