Here are our most frequently asked questions about Clothes Moths:
Why are moths flourishing in spite of all our efforts?
Mild winters, central heating, more luxury cashmere; and we no longer follow the strict spring cleaning rituals of our grand mothers. All these things add up to a warm and cosy environment, with plenty for the moth larvae to feed on – they love hair and fur and little splashes of food, preferably undisturbed and in the dark.
What to do when you spot a moth?
Act immediately. If the moth fluttered out of clothing, she may already have laid eggs. Take out the garment, brush it carefully, especially at the seams, wash or dry clean if necessary, spray lightly with Lemongrass and Cedarwood Spray. Wrap each garment individually in a plastic bag, and if you can, put it in the freezer for up to 3 weeks.
Why so long? Some people say a day?
Domestic freezers are not generally cold enough to stop all moth activity. 3 weeks gives eggs the time to hatch, then freeze the larvae before they can do damage.
Why do moths choose the most expensive clothes?
I sometimes think they can read the labels! When the female lays her eggs, she is looking for the most favourable environment for her offspring to feed on – the softest fibre, plus a bit of dirt or sweat or human traces. The best weapon is to be scrupulously clean.
- Vacuum thoroughly – dark corners, between floorboards, at the back of cupboards.
- Wash or dry clean before you store your winter clothes.
- Then spray generously with Lemongrass & Cedarwood Anti-Moth Spray.
Yes, in this case cleanliness is next to moth-less-ness!
NOTE: when you spot a Moth or 3, you are in need of the Lemongrass Anti-Moth Repellent Emergency Kit: https://www.lemongrasstrading.com/product/anti-moth-repellent-emergency-kit/