Getting Rid of Moths?

Can you tell me the exact cycle of clothing moths? All the exterminators tell me my house is clean. I have found few holes in clothing fabric and my towels are all stringed up. I have used mothballs, fogged, and cleaned along. 90 percent of the clothing has been cleaned at the cleaners.


I do not see anything flying, but have seen tiny black or brown hard bugs like a gnat. I put clear plastic behind the dresser and counter. My clothes are all bagged up. I am scared to put things away.

I have no more energy to deal with this plus the smell from mothballs is making me sick. I also have my terminally ill mother here and do not know if I have clothing moths. What can I use other than moth balls that works? I also have cleaned and vacuumed all the furniture and thrown away a lot.

I am concerned how do you transfer them room to room or do you? I'm ridiciulously scared to even live also my dog are they in here. Do I have the worms crawling on me if I wear the clothing? Please help me.

By Sundra A.

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November 25, 20140 found this helpful

I can't answer all your questions but I can tell you what I know about clothing moths. They are everywhere. You really can't get rid of them entirely or avoid them entirely. They do not ever get on people. You can only protect the clothing they like to eat. I use cedar oil (or pieces of aromatic cedar wood) for my wool clothes instead of moth balls.


A cedar chest is wonderful if you have one. The fumes from mothballs aren't good for anybody to breath. When you use moth balls, make sure they are in an airtight container so they aren't contributing to air pollution. Things that you wash on a regular basis shouldn't be a problem. You may want to consider an exterminator on a one time basis to get rid of the worst of them. Good luck.

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June 8, 20160 found this helpful

Thanks for your help. Doesn't the clothes smell from the cedar wood? Where can I buy cedar oil? I never see moths but all of my tee shirts have holes in them.

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