Getting Rid of Moths in Clothing?

Where can I buy something to get a moth larvae out of my good clothes? I have thrown away all of my clothes, but I want to keep a few special things and I have tried borax and Kleen Free Naturally and SLA spray nothing has worked. If anyone could suggest something? Please.

Thank you. The pic is the inside of a pocket on a dress.

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August 14, 20190 found this helpful

Oy. Been there. So frustrating.

The best way to get rid of moths is to take everything out of your closet and vacuum it out completely (toss that bag or canister contents outside immediately after you finish. Then wash out the closet walls and floors with as hot a water as you can for what you have. Dry clean all of your dry cleanables and wash everything else. You may want to leave shoes,purses etc. out in the hot sun for a few hours before putting them back. Then for the wool, silk, and cotton items (they seem to leave blends alone) find a better storage method..using something that is airtight.

I have one friend who wears by those bags you suck all the air out (but I think they make the clothes smell bad when you finally free them from the plastic).


She claims putting them in the sun after freeing them gets rid of the plastic smell.

Another friend has a professionally built cedar closet (I think her clothes smell like cedar, but that is me, I am very sensitive to smells) but it works.

If these solutions don't work for you, having your closet be not packed, but having a little space between items helps. If you see the chomping starting again, you will have to go through the cleaning again.

Sadly I could not control the issue I had to so I got rid of all wool (I guess I was lucky--I could not afford silks and they seemed to leave my cotton items alone). Once I got rid of my woolen items, the problem went away. It was so sad, they ruined my favorite black skirt and a favorite coat.

I hope you find a good solution. Take care!!

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August 14, 20190 found this helpful

Clean well, than use this product called space bags. It stores everything perfect ,taking out the air and making storage more manageable.

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August 14, 20190 found this helpful

Vacuum well. Make sure you dont store items for a while without washing.


Moths are attracted to body oils. They sell cedar planks you can put in the closet to repel moths.

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August 14, 20190 found this helpful

Everything has to be cleaned - clothes/closets/carpet near closets.

After that is done you can use plastic vacuum bags, sealable plastic bags, cedar hangers, cedar hang ups for the closet -
Do not have any cardboard boxes in closets.

Be sure everything is cleaned before storing and it probably will not happen again. (Affiliate Link)

Martha Stewart has some good suggestions:

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September 9, 20190 found this helpful

Clothes moths are the absolute worst sentence one can get.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news and the actual truth about them but somebody has to intervene on all the complete BS info and advice everyone gives. I have had the unfortunate experience with them since 2014. I feel it is like a curse. I have done ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING that has been suggested online for 5 years, we have moved across the Pacific Ocean and then moved twice since being here. I have been DILIGENT about doing everything and guess what......the larvae or eggs that you cannot see w/out a microscope were obviously in my our clothes when we moved from CA to Oahu and have now turned into clothes moth infestations in both houses we have lived in over the past 3 years. It is truly unbelievable, when we first discovered it I had beautiful expensive clothing, tons of cashmere sweaters, tons of super expensive 100% fine thin cotton tees,sweatshirts and sweatpants. Collection of vintage Indian cotton peasant dresses and on and on and all got destroyed. I threw out thousands of dollars worth of clothes. Down comforters, pillows, tons of linens, 2 beautiful Persian rugs, my upholstered bed was ruined and frayed, slipcovered sofas that unraveled. Designer bag and shoes fell apart. They eat the thread and glue so it all falls apart. Everything in your house is suddenly snagged , frayed and/or has holes. We dry-cleaned, washed in 140%, froze in freezer, mothballed, hung in the sun and brushed off to death (don't even bother w cedar or lavender that is the biggest crock. I bought some cedar planks the other day that I had put against the wall and that night I moved them and 2 moths flew out from behind, lol.I have to laugh now. It took over my life at one point it was horrible. After the initial cleanse and purge we bought prob 20 huge plastic bins and lived out off them for 3 yrs. things went from the dry cleaners straight to vacuum sealed bags. We never left an article of cloth out overnight. Even the dirty clothes had a sealed bin. My 3 yo daughters stuffed animals and cute bedding and curtains all had to be stored in plastic. We alternated b between only 2 different sets of sheets and a few towels bath mats.


so they were washed often.Shoes were all stored in bins. I used one purse only and wallet which eventually came apart.
CLOTHES MOTH LARVAE WILL EAT ANYTHING, it is a myth about only wool or silk blah blah blah. They will eat rayon thread,the spine of a book, it does not matter. When we moved from CA we threw out almost everything, all furniture made of textile, mattresses, curtains, rugs sheets, towels, gets the pic. honestly we should have just left absolutely everything including all of our clothes and just started over bc we basically replaced 90% of our belongings but still had some clothes bc we needed to be dressed and who has the $$$$ for all of this. It has cost a fortune but here I am after everything we have done for years slaying 3 clothes a night when I am up late. Holes continue to appear in my clothes. The clothes that had been stored in vacuum bags I tried too start wearing again and most of it just ends up crumbling, tearing seams or has holes now bc I tried to live normal life w a closet again but what I have left is getting destroyed. It is no longer about the loss and what an upset that was, I would walk away from everything, obviously nude I guess if I could be done with this. Yes we also did extreme bombing, spraying etc but this eggs are invisible and so protected nothing kills them. At this point I just can't think about it anymore. I still wash everything in hottest water, vacuum and clean all the time. Sometimes inspect clothes w a magnifier on iPhone but yet here we are. I wish I could say they are gone poof w a little Lavender sachet and a cedar chip, those people didn't really have an moth issue. It is rumored that even the Queen of England has them at the Royal Palace in England. That would suck. My next investment will be a deep freezer for the stuff I want to protect, haha. But the minute you wear something w another piece of clothing or sit on the couch and maybe a larvae transfers onto your nice know what happens next. Hang in there and don't make yourselves crazy w/it bc it won't help. Just do what you can to still have a life.

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