Clothes Moth Control
© Frances Michaels
Clothes moths like warm weather and high humidity. Most of the damage is done to bedding and clothing during
storage in the warmer months. Unlike other moths, clothes moths are not attracted to the light but prefer dark
crevices to hide in. It is the larvae (caterpillars) that do the actual damage but although it appears that
they feed on wool and other natural fibres, what they are really eating is the human residue left on the clothes.
The larvae are unable to fully develop on completely clean fabric; they need the proteins, mineral salts and
Vitamin B complex found in dirt, sweat and food particles.
Suggested Organic Strategies
So the secret to non-toxic control is a combination of washing, tightly sealed storage containers, regular
vacuuming of cupboards and wardrobes and pheromone traps. Protect your families' health by avoiding chemical
controls such as naphthalene (mothballs) and paradichlorobenzene (PDB) as they are highly toxic. Even camphor
carries a risk, particularly to children.
Clothes Moth Trap