One of the most horrific things to discover is a hole in your $800 Sean John Suit (that you secretly bought from SuitUpp.com for under $300 – sorry, couldn’t resist). Most people never really take any specific precaution against moth attacks until they’ve experienced such a phenomenon themselves or have had a close friend depict their own encounter with these anti-suit insects. Believe us when we say that prevention is a highly intelligent path to take notwithstanding the fact that is that it is not all that difficult a process. In this post we will talk to you about moths and also tell you what you can do to prevent infestations in your closet.
Before we even talk about prevention, we should mention that if you are already a victom of a moth attack, you should check out the following post we wrote about reweaving: https://suitupp.wordpress.com/2009/04/13/how-to-repair-your-suit-reweaving/
Clothes moths larva (caterpiller) usually damage material that come from animals: feathers, wool, fur, and silk. The interesting thing is that adult moths do not feed. These moths are usually not seen since they hide in dark places during the day. The indian Meal moth, which is seen during the day, is sometimes mistaken for clothes moths.
Here are a few tips to prevent moth attacks:
1) Empty your closets at least once a year to vacuum and sanitize them.
2) Remove lint from your susceptible clothes that the moths can feed on.
3) When buying your suits look to see if the manufacturer has treated the fabric with a moth resistant compound.
4) Clean your items before storage. Believe it or not, the moths are attracted to clothing stained by food, perspiration, beveriges, etc… rather than the clean fabric itself (side note: store fur in a cold environment)
5) Store your articles in tightly closed containers (after they have been cleaned) or unpunctured bags in order to keep moths away (side note: cedar chests will work because they are usually tightly sealed and not because of the cedar oil that may be released – common myth).
6) Try to keep your clothes in places under 40 degrees Celsius. The moths won’t die in cold temperatures – but at least their activity will be slowed down or even halted temporarily.
7) If you have infected clothes, try leaving them in the sun and brushing them rigorously (especially brushing hard to reach spots such as around the cuffs). Dry cleaning them can also accomplish the same results.
8) Let’s not forget moth balls 🙂 They will help prevent infestations – but, they do stink.
For more information, please visit the PestControlCanada: http://pestcontrolcanada.com/INSECTS/Stored%20food%20and%20fabric%20pests/clothes_moths.htm