Dave’s Pest Control can rid your home of these fabric pests like moths and carpet beetles, but there are a few steps you can take to protect your clothing until your fabric pest problem can be controlled.

Clothes moth larvae are especially damaging to fabric that has been stained or soiled. Actually, there is evidence that clothes moth larvae will not develop on clean fabric because it lacks certain necessary nutrients. So, always launder or dry clean clothes before putting them into long-term storage.

Do not store boxes of clothes in the attic, garage or basement, if possible. If clothing must be stored in boxes, thoroughly clean the boxes before storage and seal all corners and openings with tape. Prior to storage, clean woolen and natural fiber clothing according to the manufacturer’s instructions. In closets, store natural fiber clothing items by covering them with individual plastic covers.

Consider storing clothing in large zippered plastic units. Use mothballs to help deter fabric pests, but be aware that they may leave an odor that could require dry cleaning.