What Are Clothes Moths Attracted To?
Moths can cause significant distress. If these pests get into your cupboards they can potentially ruin your entire wardrobe. They can also wreak havoc in businesses that sell clothes and damage goods in storage facilities. But what are clothes moths actually attracted to and how can you prevent them from multiplying?
What are the moths after?
The first thing you have to understand is that there is a huge misconception surrounding clothes moths. You see, most people believe that it’s the moths that eat clothing, but nothing could be further from the truth. It’s actually the larvae and caterpillars that are doing the eating which is a problem with indoor moths.
This is why female clothes moths are attracted to certain materials. These moths seek out natural fibres that contain something called keratin. This is a protein that the larvae eat and turn into nutrients. This protein is found in things like wool, cashmere, silk, cotton, and leather. It is also found in feathers and your hair. What’s important to note is that keratin is only found in natural fibers. This is why these moths avoid anything manmade such as polyester, nylon etc.
Moths seek out these natural materials and then lay their eggs in the vicinity. This way, when the larvae hatch they have something to eat. What you also have to realise is that clothes moths don’t only go after your clothing. Remember, they will eat anything made from these natural fibres. This can also include your curtains, carpets, sofa, and soft furnishings, which is all part of the damage they cause.
How to prevent clothes moths from destroying your home
So what can you do about moths? To start with you should avoid packing things into your cupboard and then forget about them. Undisturbed cupboards give moths a chance to move in and multiply. To prevent this, you should air out your cupboards at least two to three times a year as part of your cleaning routine. Remove everything and check it for damage. Look for the telltale signs of moths. These include holes in your clothes, dead moths or debris like wings.
It’s also a good idea to wash your clothing before packing it away. Moths are attracted to dead skin and dried sweat. Packing your clothes away while they are still dirty is a recipe for disaster. Finally, you should definitely leave moth balls in your cupboards and drawers. These are highly effective against moths.
If you’re still having problems with moths it may be time to call in a professional. Our team can help with any type of moth problem, no matter how severe it may be. We employ a wide variety of methods including fumigation, heat treatment and pest prevention. For more information do not hesitate to contact us.