5. Use natural deterrents
Of course, there are chemical sprays out there that kill and deter insects, but natural deterrents are better for both the environment and your clothes. Lavender sachets and cedar balls are great alternatives to mothballs, but don’t allow them to touch your clothes, as they can leak oils and stain. You can also invest in anti-moth paper to line your drawers and storage boxes, as the warmer months approach.
6. Vet new additions thoroughly
If you are trying to adopt more sustainable shopping habits, you may introduce some second-hand or vintage pieces. Freeze-treat or clean these pieces before slotting them into your rotation, and have true vintage pieces dry-cleaned first, as they can often carry unwanted visitors.
Unfortunately, moths can reinfest if you are not careful. Every year - when temperatures start to rise - be vigilant about the environment in which your clothes live. Keep rooms and wardrobes well-ventilated, and regularly inspect your clothes for holes or signs of damage. With the right level of care and attention - including proper washing, storage and preventative measures - you shouldn’t have to worry about these winged fiends too often.