How To Exterminate Clothes Moths?  | Kirby Allison

How To Exterminate Clothes Moths? | Kirby Allison

Hi, I’m Kirby Allison and welcome to my
home. Here at the Hanger Project we love to help the well-dressed take care of
their wardrobes. In our second installment on how to protect your
clothing against moths, I’m gonna be talking about moth eradication. Despite
all precaution clothing moths can still happen to the best of us. Just a few
months ago, I begun seeing moths fly out of my closet whenever I opened the door
certain that it was impossible for me to have a moth problem — I persisted in a
state of denial for several weeks until finally one day I went to my sock drawer
and pulled out a pair of cashmere socks that had been completely eaten through to add insult to injury not only were my socks full of holes but
the moth had left behind easily 30 to 50 eggs that were getting ready to hatch
and further perpetuate the infestation in my closet. I turned to the Internet to
try to educate myself on how I should eradicate moths from my closet but
unfortunately all of the readily available suggestions were either
terribly impractical or really not designed specifically for someone with
the large wardrobe where they may have many pieces of garments affected by moth
infestation the method I’m going to show you in today’s video is the product of
extensive conversations I have not just with clothing care professionals but
also with experts in the hotel industry and professional exterminators. If you
have any questions or comments during this video please feel free to ask them
in the comments section below this is a very important topic and I’ve committed
to getting back to all those questions personally. I hope this video does its
job to give you certainty and confidence in knowing that you know how to react
to a moth problem should unfortunately one ever arise most often by the time you realize you
have a math problem the damage has already been done. Moths have evolved to avoid detection that’s why they always go after those
items in your wardrobe, that are either in storage and frequently worn or in the
corners of your closet. Most people don’t realize that they have a moth problem
until they either see moths flying out of their closet or discover damaged
items. Now don’t exist in a state of denial like I did. If you see anything
flying out of your closet then you really need to act quickly because more
likely than not you have a moth problem. Moth damage almost looks like Swiss
cheese so if you pull out a pair of cashmere or wool socks that have
been eaten by moths more likely than not you’re gonna see several small holes in
the fabric itself. Now it’s totally different than a rip or a tear because
the type of damage by moths is much softer on the edges than anything that
is torn. Also, a telltale sign that you have a moth problem is if you see little
moth eggs that look like granules of dirt now moth eggs are really tiny and
they just look like particles of sand or dirt, they’re brown in color, you’ll
always see a bunch of them together and normally you’re gonna find them right
around some articles of clothing that have been eaten by moths but as I stated
earlier the problem with these detection means is that by the time you see that
often it is too late and substantial damage has already been done. That’s why
using a moth trap is so important. The pheromones in our high-quality
professional grade moth traps can lure moths up to 30 feet so you can be
certain that those moths are gonna travel out of whatever far corners or
nooks that they’re hiding in to go to that moth trap because of the pheromones.
Now, once they reach that knot trap the double stick tape is going to trap them
so that you can easily identify with positive confirmation that you have a
moth problem. The most common suggestions that you’ll
find for treating moths are to freeze the article of clothing which is
completely impractical if you have a large closet. Another suggestion is to
steam the affected garment, again, affective if you have one garment that
you know is specifically affected but if you have a moth problem chances are as
affecting other items in your closet that you don’t know about. So, the whole
entire idea that you’re gonna steam every single garment in your wardrobe
and do that perfectly, I find is just completely unrealistic. The last
suggestion is to dry clean everything. Now again, I find this terribly impractical
just the cost of dry-cleaning everything in your closet that may be affected
alone could be hundreds of dollars and the damage likely to be done to your
wardrobe by the dry cleaner itself might actually exceed that lot damage. In
today’s video the method I’m going to show you how to use to completely
eradicate a clothing moth infestation with total confidence is heat treatment.
Now, the fundamental thesis of heat treatment is that you elevate the
temperature of all the garments above a 130 degrees Fahrenheit
which kills clothing moths at every single stage of their lifecycle.
It also allows you to easily and effectively treat large quantities of
clothing and also treat the entire closet itself. In fact, heat treatment is
so effective it’s what the hotel industry uses as its standard treatment
method for large bedbug infestations. Here at the Hanger Project, we sell a
product called ZappBug which is a heat treatment solution originally designed
for bed bugs but it can also be used to treat clothing moths. What I like most
about BuggZap is that it can be easily deployed for large closets, treating in
mass and the entire closet. So, the process that we’re gonna recommend here
at the Hanger Project for treating a closet infestation is to first treat all
the items that you know could be affected by moth damage in the BuggZap
oven itself. So, you’re gonna take those items out of your closet put them into
the BuggZap so I finished taking everything out of my closet and loading
it into the zap bug. Now you can see just how enormous this
is now ZappBug comes in three sizes this is the second largest size — it comes with
two heaters. In just one treatment I’m able to fit almost my entire closet in
this container and it took me less than 15 minutes to take everything out and
put it in here. I have the ZappBug thermostat in the middle of the actual
oven and so that way I know that whenever that reaches 130 Fahrenheit and I hold it there for 30 minutes that
everything’s been taken care of. So, I’m gonna zip this closed. While these
clothes are being treated I’m gonna go into my closet and remove all of my
shoes and anything else that might be affected by the high temperature. I’m
gonna clean down all the surfaces, vacuum the carpet, and prepare the closet to be
treated in its entirety. So, as soon as this is done what I’ll do is I’ll take
these two space heaters I’ll put them in the closet and treat the closet itself.
Now that’s important because it’s an ensuring that any lingering moth eggs or
any moths that are hidden in a corner or anything that I forgot to grab will be
treated also. So, all the clothing is being treated but in addition the entire
closet itself is being treated. Thank you for joining me in my home and allowing
me to show you how to eradicate a moth problem. Hopefully this video will allow
you to avoid the damage to your wardrobe that I encountered with my first moth
problem and that if you exercise this type of treatment proactively once or
twice a year you can actually proactively eliminate moths as ever
becoming a problem. Remember the most important treatment is preventative
treatment so the most effective thing you can do to completely avoid a moth
problem is to ensure that you’re protecting all of your out-of-season
garments with a garment bag from the Hanger Project, that you’re using our
luxury sweater boxes to protect out of season sweaters, and that you’re using a
moth trap to actively lure moths and identify them as quickly as possible
should a problem occur. And of course remember always closing your door
turning out the lights and using an air filter are all best practices that we
outlined in our video on how to prevent moths that you can exercise to protect
your wardrobe. So now that everything’s back in my
wardrobe I want to actively monitor using my mouth trap for 30 days which is
one complete lifecycle of a moth to just guarantee that there is no residual
problems that exist. After that I know that I’ve got the problem completely
taken care of. If you have any questions of anything I discussed in this video
please feel free to ask them in the comment section below I get back to all
those questions personally. And of course if you liked this video please give us
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48 thoughts on “How To Exterminate Clothes Moths? | Kirby Allison

  1. Has this helped you with your Moth problems? Let us know what you think.

    Thanks for watching! If you haven't seen our video on How To Prevent Clothing Moths from getting into your closet watch it here:

  2. I live in the UK in a high-rise.
    I haven't seen a winged insect in my flat for years.
    No moths.
    But my woollen clothing is being eaten to ribbons.
    Suits, jumpers, etc
    I've tried repellants. No result.
    Help ?

  3. Great article, can you tell me if you purchased these heaters or rented them? What are we looking at cost wise? I will start being proactive!

  4. Hi Kirby,
    I am really interested in this moth heater. Is it possible to get it shipped to Germany and how much would it cost? Thank you in advance!

  5. Great video, Kirby! I recently suffered from a moth attack in my sweater drawer and will look at a BugZapp next time. I read that you have to also watch out for plastics because the BugZapp might melt it – is that true?

  6. Recently, I had a moth attack in my closet that damaged several suits! Is there any way to repair moth damage? Each suit may have sustained one minor hole. Thanks for your advice!

  7. Tried calling Customer Service
    I cannot locate a link for the Bulk Garment BugZapper
    "used in your vid"
    I want to order it today…Thanks

  8. Is it possible to share your videos on my FB page? I am a professional organizer and your products would be great for my clients. Thank you. Donna with Rainy Day Rescue Professional Organizing and Home Staging.

  9. Have you ever heard of or encountered carpet beetle larvae? I mean this generally speaking of course. Just as these methods are effective for bed bug control, Im assuming they would also be effective on other household pests. However, what if the infestation is widespread or in a vehicle? Im glad that you were able to handle your matter so effectively. My best to you and yours!

  10. Will say again in case one watches this and not the other presentation.
    Another prevention is when bringing in groceries, any grains brought in, for example flour, are frozen immediately or put into solid plastic containers with airtight lids. Often grains already contain the eggs just waiting to hatch.
    Hope this helps.

  11. Hi, great video! Can you please confirm its ok to use this method on delicate materials such as cashmere and silk? Will it cause any damage to the fabric?

    Thanks, Hannah

  12. Nice video, thanks.
    I've heard lavender and cedar are not bad for preventing moths. Some lavender sachets are often offered in home decor shops. I am not sure how effective they are, but still something.

  13. Raid insect fogger. Place it in the bedroom. Leave the closet door open. Go shopping. Come home. Open the window and air out the room. $5.

  14. Don't exterminate them- extinct the bastard! All moths shod be hunted for extinction the amount of my best clothes that have been destroyed by these fuckerz. Moths should be extinct they serve no purpose on this planet

  15. Can someone recommend a United Kingdom alternative? Shipping for something so big from the states is expensive.

  16. what you are describing as 'moth eggs' next to the holes in clothing sounds more like 'frass' – the excrement from the larvae! Nasty all the same. You might see frass in the bottom of a drawer where clothes moths have been active. I have had a problem with case bearing moths in some woollen rugs, and I have just put them outside in strong sunshine, which will kill any larvae. I'm in the UK and have a constant battle against these wretched moths. They seem to be becoming more widespread here, and are also a real problem in museums and historic houses.

  17. I have what I think are pantry moths but I opened a cabinet where I have paperwork and books stored and moths came out how do I get rid of them can I just put everything in heavy duty bags with moth balls and seal them for our protection please help me we see moths every day

  18. I have never seen moths in my closet however I have seen carpet beetles they eat clothing also. Have you heard of them?

  19. I couldnt sleep when I saw a moth in my room how do u get it off your blanket o.O i need to sleep with a blanket

  20. OMG I have a studio apt. been here 6 years I have many crevices, drawers, etc. that I see them coming out of behind stacks of movies under chair, even coming out of under kitchen sink cupboard this all started with a wool area rug that a friend gave me HELP!!!!. I bought Zevo used the whole can in a couple of days and saturated the already eaten up spots on rugIt worked, but not where I didn't spray. I am somewhat overwhelmed OMG I even have a framed Breakfast at Tiffany's movie poster and 2 moths squeezed their way in between the poster and the glass HELP[!!!

  21. Thank you for the informative video. Quick question: I noticed that you removed your shoes while heat treating your closet, does that mean leather items (garments, bags, etc.) will be damaged in high heat?

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