how to get rid of clothes moths & live a better life

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On the Spring Equinox, I have my own ritual to celebrate the turning of the seasons. I call it, affectionately, Moth Patrol and I do it at the beginning of each new season.

It’s the weekend that I go through most of my personal belongings in search of evidence of moths. This is what I do:

1) Take everything out of my closet and examine each piece for holes or traces of moths. I look for casings (the larvae cocoon left behind when it hatches into a moth), eggs, dead moths. I keep my eyes open for living moths, although rarely do I see them.

2) If I find any piece of clothing with evidence of moths on it, it goes into one of two piles: for the laundromat, or for drycleaning. After moth patrol, I take the piles to the appropriate place.

3) Spritz cedar essential oil (mixed with lavender or a little orange) on everything. There’s only anecdotal evidence that cedar is effective, and I feel intuitively that it’s useless, but it smells nice and makes me feel better, so it’s part of the ritual.

4) Empty drawers, searching for aforementioned signs (particularly my precious lingerie drawer, full of bras and silk teddys).

5) Vacuum. Everything. Every little crack and seam in my floorboards. Then empty vacuum bag (since eggs are hearty and can hatch inside).

In the beginning

It’s been exactly a year since I began my battle against moths. I’m sure there are quicker and easier ways to get rid of them, but I have cats and generally prefer to breathe non-toxic air.

I saw the first moth flutter through my living room on an autumn afternoon a year and a half ago. Then I saw another. I pulled a big wooly sweater out of my closet and found a hole in an odd place. Then I found the same thing on (my favourite) sweater dress. And when I pulled a pair of mittens (that I had knitted myself) out of my winter things sac and discovered huge holes, I knew I had a problem.

I read almost everything on the internet about moths, finding a lot of conflicting and possibly inaccurate information (Pest Control Canada was the best resource). I hung out on forums and read blog posts about others’ experiences. “Fabric pest detection requires a thorough knowledge of pest biology and behavior,” I learned in an article called How to Kill and Get Rid of Clothes Moths. The first thing I learned is that it’s not the moths themselves that eat holes in clothing – it’s their larvae, which feed on natural fibres (wool, but also cotton, silk, leather; pet hair, as well) for the keratin protein.

On the weekend before the 2011 Spring Equinox, I cleaned everything out of my single closet (a weird long closet with two doors, one in my bedroom and one in the living room, which when empty, allow it to function as a little tunnel between the rooms). I examined every piece of clothing for holes and signs of moths (casings, eggs, larvae excrement). And I found plenty. I was especially worried about my collection of mostly wool vintage dresses. I relieved to find them intact, although I did end up throwing out a bag full of infested clothes.

Getting to the source

It’s difficult to nail down exactly where the moths came from, but I suspect the culprit was a fur coat that I found on the street in my neighbourhood, brought home (potential Halloween costume!) and shoved in my closet. Without ever wearing it. There was something about the coat that gave me the creeps.

But the hanging clothes in my closet were the least of my concerns. A bigger issue was all the other stuff piled up in my closet: a shopping bag full of yarn and knitting supplies; a pillow with a knit cover, covered in cat hair; an old blanket; shoes, purses and shoulder bags.

I pulled everything out of the closest, wiped down all the big items (even non-fabrics, like some shelves made of wood, because moths can lay eggs in dustballs and clumps of animal hair) and vacuumed along the baseboards and the cracks in the hardwood floor. I threw away anything that felt dubious (including the fur coat and most of my knitting stash). I developed a finely tuned moth evidence radar.

Then I wiped down the empty closet space and spritzed it with a cedar essential oil blend (even if it is useless, it lifts my spirits and feels just a little bit aggressive). I checked my drawers and was relieved to find no evidence of moths. My shoe/coat shelving by my front door was vulnerable (moths love wool – hats, mitts, scarves – and leather – most of my shoes).

I vacuumed every pair of shoes and boots, threw away some elbow pads that I’d acquired during my brief roller derby career, and went through the dreaded wooly bits bag (where I’d found the original mittens with holes). I feared I’d find a festering clump of larvae in the bottom of the bag, but it was nothing like that. But everything in that bag was washed and dried thoroughly.

I let the closet sit empty for a few days, to air out; I hung some clothes on the back porch, where the minus 20 air would kill any remaining eggs and larvae. I packed the more high-risk woolens to the dry cleaners, and I washed many, many loads of clothes at my neighbourhood laundromat.

After the great unexpected spring clean, my house felt clean and contained. I could stop imagining unseen bugs chewing up my favourite dresses and sweaters. I felt like I’d been aired out, cleansed in some way. But I also knew that I couldn’t feel complacent. I had learned enough about moths to know that they’re cyclical, that I may not see any adults flying around and there may be eggs, which I’d missed, coming to fruition and larvae feasting on my clothing.

Cycles of disruption

All was well for a few months. Then, in mid-summer, I saw a moth. Then another. I went through drawers that I had examined four months earlier and thought were moth-free, only to find casings and other evidence. I did more laundry, cleaned more, spritzed more cedar oil and placed cedar shavings. I installed pheromone traps to catch male moths and try to break the cycle.

I decided that regular patrolling of my belongings was in order, and I chose the quarterly seasonal change as the time to do it. The Autumn Equinox was my first official moth patrol, in which I took on the deep clean and close inspection of my closet. Opening doors and shuffling clothes around awakens dormant moths and disturbs larvae and eggs.

The interesting thing is, in the four seasons that have passed since my first moth cleanse, I’ve felt more connected to the cycles of life. As a busy urbanite, I pay little attention to the changing seasons and cycles of nature. I have few ways to mark the changes, yet my seasonal Moth Patrol has given me a reason to pay attention.

Cleaning out my closets and monitoring the life cycles of moths is the closest I get to tilling the fields, planting seeds and watching crops grow. Of course, the symbolism of the closet isn’t lost on me. Each time I open the closet and trudge through my belongings, I feel like I am digging into the subterranean corners of my psyche. I feel like I’m confronting my own stuff that I’ve shoved away, to be dealt with later; it’s an opportunity to reflect on what pests are eating away at me and what unnecessary ideas and concepts are slowly germinating.

Lessons from the moths

The moths have also been an interesting practice of diligence. I can’t be complacent. I can’t assume that just because I haven’t seen a moth in six weeks, there are no larvae nibbling on my silk lingerie. What I’ve learned is that things may seem okay on the surface (e.g., there may be no moths around), there can still be something festering below.

The moths have helped me develop a strange balance of attachment/non-attachment with my material possessions. When I do my seasonal clean of my closet, I handle each piece of clothing, reminisce about the last time I wore it, think about favourite memories, and just appreciate the item for what it is. I take care of my clothing better than I ever have. Everything is obsessively laundered, my closet is neatly organized, I store my winter things in airtight containers, I’ve created efficient systems of prioritizing and wearing my clothes.

My cramped urban apartment feels refreshed and cleansed after Moth Patrol. Although the moth evidence was slight, I will go through the whole process again in three months, in parallel with the Summer Solstice. The cycle continues, and I play my small part in it.

  1. I too had a problem with carpet deals and clothes moths. Something that works for me for items that couldn’t be dry cleaned or laundered was to put them in the deep freezer. We have one in our garage that would never use so I packed it full of items that I thought were affected. I felt crazy putting my handbags and shoes in the freezer but I left it there for a week and then I took it out and let it thaw and then I put it back in for another week and it seemed to work. I then vacuumed my shoes and handbags just to be sure. I found that advice on a few websites. Although one website suggested taking it out thawing it and putting it back in because it said that not just a cold will kill the larva-it was the quick variation in temperature that is supposed to kill them not the cold by itself. I’m not sure how true that is but if it was overkill better to be safe than sorry! Best of luck to you!

  2. I have heard that if you put 2-5 pounds of dry ice in your closet (dependeing on the size) and seal it up with tape. Leave it for about a week, and then come back and unseal the closet and vacum it out really good and it should kill all of the moths, larva, ect.. and it does not harm the clothes or shoes.

  3. Hi Corrine,

    Have you tried the dried ice in your closet?? I wonder if that works? I’m just crazed at this point. I think I’m goin to call an exterminator.

  4. Cedar works because it gives off Phenol, very poisonous to moths (and would be to us and our pets, in greater quantities).

    Being a thrifty sort, I buy a big bale of shaved cedar bedding at a pet store, then scoop it into old thin pillow cases, which I put throughout my closets and my other storage areas for wool, silk, and linen clothing.

    For pantry moths (which can and do eat through ziplock & other plastic bags, eat the boxes and box glue for fun, lay eggs in the tiniest cracks in the pantry, and somehow easily sneak into tins as well), I throw out everything, vacuum the heck out of my pantry, wipe with vinegar and water solution, then ONLY store my box or bag goods in glass canning jars with metal lids. (Need directions off the bag/box? Just snip ’em off and tape ’em to the outside of your jar.) Freezing in a deep freeze (down to zero, not the 30 degrees of a regular freezer) does work to kill “incoming.”

  5. I have a moth problem, we keep finding the odd hole in our clothes and during the summer I have about 22 of them over 4 months. I have washed all the clothes at 60 degrees, cleaned everything, but the thing that’s bothering me is that I cannot find the source of the problem, all our carpets are fine and there is no moth damage, not even under furniture and I have even looked under the carpets. I was going to replace all the carpets this year and have the floorboards fumigated but I am not sure that’s where they are coming from, any ideas as I am stumped! thanks maralin

    • have you cleaned out your closets and drawers? when i did my first big moth clean-up, i found the “nest” in my knitting! another source was a cat pillow that had ended up in the bottom of my closet floor.

      make sure you don’t have any boxes of blankets or winter hats/scarves stashed away. moths thrive in environments that are dark and undisrupted, so they could be lurking in unlikely places. good luck!

  6. I’m going through a similar process myself, and like you I have lots of yarn and vintage wool items and all sorts of things they might try and munch on.

    I wonder what you found in your research about leather shoes and handbags? I threw out all eaten/infested clothing, washed all machine washables in hot water followed by a hot dry, and took all dry cleanables to a green dry cleaner.

    Now I’m puzzling over what to do with the shoes and handbags. The moths didn’t actually eat them, but were certainly living in them and they’re full of casings/etc. I vacuumed them but wonder what else I could do to feel secure…

    • hi mikhaela ~ i’ve heard people suggest freezing shoes and handbags (for a month or longer), to kill the larvae and eggs.

      i include my shoes and handbags on my regular moth patrol, to make sure they haven’t been reinfested.

      • Freezing is recommended for stinky shoes, too. One of my cats coughed up a hairball tainted with cat food right into my favorite suede moccasin (Skechers Sassies Indian Life). I scrubbed and sprayed with peroxide. Then I removed the insole completely, scrubbed and soaked, dried it in the sun and replaced it. Still stinky. Then I read about freezing shoes to get rid of whatever might be growing inside (microscopic critters?) like bacteria. Freezing them worked! Freezing also works when sweaty feet cause your shoes to smell. I just didn’t want to give up those mocs! (That style was discontinued.)

  7. Hi,
    We have a moth infestation – it’s not as bad as it was at one point but we’ve decided to bite the bullet and wash / dry clean everything and get back to zero moths.
    What i’m wondering is, do you think we’d be successful using dryel(dryer dry cleaning) to clean items? the rest we’ll do in hot water, but I am having a hard time grappling with dry cleaning 200+ items since the cost will be so high.
    We are working with a service where once everything is either sealed or moved out of the apartment, they will spray our handbags, shoes and closets with an organic chemical that is derived from a chrysanthemum plant – We were told this would be nontoxic for our cats.
    Any advice or thoughts on Dryel would be very helpful.

    • I know my response is too late to help you, but I had 4 suits that may or may not have had tiny larvae so I opted to wash them. I took a chance, knowing that if they were ruined, I hadn’t worn them except for interviews 7 years ago anyway. I got lucky. They were a microsuede type of fabric and I machine washed and then dried them in the dryer and hung them up. They look great.

  8. Audrey, I am in the same boat. Today I did 9 loads of laundry alone, and threw out so many previous items of clothing I was in tears. My goal is to vacuum seal all clean clothes until both my clothes and coats closets are emptied and wiped down with bleach and then cedar oil. I’ve been dealing with these little bastards for a year now and it’s an uphill battle. I got cedar balls and planks and found the moths actually sitting on them, as if to mock me! What is the service you are speaking of? I’d like to know more! Thanks and good luck everyone!

    • I’m keeping all my washed clothes in bags But there still getting on them there even on my leather sofa inside the cushions, I have a 12mth old and even her clean clothes have been affected. Since havin my daughter i’ve gained a little weight and have 2 cuboards full of clothes pre-Baby and i’m keeping all my clothes the babys and hubbys all in blacks bags until i get round to washing them. The thing is when i wash my clothes there getting infected straight away again i can’t keep spraying the baby’s clothes with insecticide I haven’t got a dryer i rely on good auld wet Scottish Weather to dry the clothes, I think the eggs are on the walls and ceiling its like one day they all hatched with the central heating i think they were here before i moved in just waiting for a bad day YES!! Her washing machine has broke down.. I’m in tears I spend all day with tweezers looking through clothes it’s time consuming time that should be spent with my baby I feel like just burning every thing including the house and it’s january and freezing i don’t even think that would kill them?

      • Poor Leanne. Dont stress. Regular cleaning should be enough to get rid of the moths. Storing cloths in air tight containers and regular vacuuming. Freezing clothes for two weeks is supposed to do the trick too. Just thank God its moths and not something worse.

    • I’m keeping all my washed clothes in bags But there still getting on them there even on my leather sofa inside the cushions, I have a 12mth old and even her clean clothes have been affected. Since havin my daughter i’ve gained a little weight and have 2 cuboards full of clothes pre-Baby and i’m keeping all my clothes the babys and hubbys all in blacks bags until i get round to washing them. The thing is when i wash my clothes there getting infected straight away again i can’t keep spraying the baby’s clothes with insecticide I haven’t got a dryer i rely on good auld wet Scottish Weather to dry the clothes, I think the eggs are on the walls and ceiling its like one day they all hatched with the central heating i think they were here before i moved in just waiting for a bad day YES!! Her washing machine has broke down.. I’m in tears I spend all day with tweezers looking through clothes it’s time consuming time that should be spent with my baby I feel like just burning every thing including the house and it’s january and freezing i don’t even think that would kill them? Iv’e also been stung with them they dive bomb off the ceiling like tiny arrows and can stick into your skin like a seed i have red marks all over my neck they’re like needles hitting you from the ceiling maybe they are mutating I dont think im alone they seem to be getting like a epidemic i know now im not crazy.

      • I have the same problem.infind them in my bed and they sting me while I sleep.not sure what to do because they are also in my leather couch.indomnot want to use chemicals.did you solve the problem let me know.inlive in a city so that is strange

        • If you’re being stung in bed you have a problem OTHER THAN clothes moths. They don’t sting or bite!

          • I have clothes moths and I don’t think they “bite” per se, but I do think they can irritate skin – they feed on keratin – that is in our hair and skin. I have found sores caused by them on my skin and my children’s skin. I found a moth larva in my child’s diaper after she said her bottom was stinging/hurting. They complain of being itchy at night and there are mysterious new sores in the morning. We have bed bug covers on all the mattresses and pillows and have examined the area thoroughly – we do not have bed bugs. The sores don’t look like bed bug bites – they are more like tiny paper cut shape, but they don’t heal like a cut – their doctor said they were unlike any bug bite/irritation she had seen (not scabies or bug bites) but that she could tell they were not cuts or scratches because they stay inflamed instead of scabbing. We had our house sprayed for moths. I’ve cleaned like crazy and gotten rid of so much stuff. It is overwhelming. The damage to our clothing is annoying, but the skin irritation is infuriating!

            • I have had the same problem with the stinging and the exterminator said he saw no evidence of bed bugs. I’m fairly sure at theis point that they are the larva of the clothes moth. I have read that they can sting. I also think that some people are very sensitive to them and have allergic reactions.

        • Sounds like bed bugs.

  9. Hi there,
    I too suddenly have a closet full of moths. I have bought some resale clothes recently and am thinking that they may have come in that way? A question for you guys… Is it okay to freeze leather? I have some nice leather pieces and I am wondering if they would be damaged… know that’s a weird question because leather is a natural material….
    Thanks, Lane

  10. I keep finding holes in clothing hanging in closets and drawers. However I don’t see any moths. Not one.

    Recently moved into a new apartment and notices all of my shoes are falling apart. I’ve had these shoes for years with no problems. All of a sudden cracks and glued soles not sticking.

    Any thoughts?

    • hi michelle ~ if you’re finding holes in your things, it’s likely that you have moths. you may not see them, but they can be hard to notice, as they come out at night and tend to like dark corners. try getting a couple of pheromone traps and see if they catch any. in my experience, the traps catch many more moths than i ever see.

      as for your shoe problem, i don’t know. probably nothing to do with the moths. good luck!

    • Your shoes coming unglued. Mine too,Yep same problem as you. Could we have 2 kinds of monsters. I read mites do the same thing.

      • Book lice eat the glue in wallpaper and book bindings and could probably eat the glue in your shoes. I brought some wheat in from the field and stored it in the closet and it spoiled and I found book lice every where. I sprinkled some diatomaceous earth around. Diatomaceous earth will kill any bug, larvae or egg it comes in contact with. It is non toxic and safe. Some people complain of respiratory irritation but I did not have a problem. You can order it online.

  11. I have been finding little holes in a few of my t-shirts. It’s the t-shirts I wear often and are never left in the back of the closet.

    I thought it was my washer at first, something stuck in my drum! I bought a new washer a few month ago and still found myself having the same problem.

    I have just cleaned all my wardrobe out, washed every item of clothing I have and cleaned all inside of my wardrobe with disinfectant.

    The problem is driving me insane.

    Would it be best to throw out the tops that have the holes in? And could the eggs and larvae still be on other items of clothing without the holes in?


  12. Hi!
    I had a huge moth problem a couple of years ago and I went full on and dry cleaned everything and threw out anything else. I even put all of my clothes in the freezer afterwards. I changed my carpets and cleaned my walls and drawers with swiffer, let everything sit for a day or two and then hired a cleaning lady to help me with cleaning baseboards, headboards, window sills, everything!

    Guess what?

    3 years later and I still have moths!!!!

    I’ve discovered not to put ANYTHING on the floor of my closet AT ALL. Shoes are the worst, they get into the insoles and can lay eggs there. I have two cats and am vacuuming almost every day.
    Still have moths.
    Cedar doesn’t work because it needs to be locked up with the cedar so that the cedar oil gets to the source.

    Sophie, put everything in the freezer or get it dry cleaned. It might be likely that if you wear something with holes in it, there are still larvae lurking.

    Finding live larvae is the WORST! They creep me out but alas, I am still always looking and always finding.

    The only solution is to have a professional come into your home and heat it to 140 degrees. that will kill everything.

  13. I have sympathy for all of you who are going through this horrible problem with webbing clothes moths. I don’t see any comments about other problems besides destroying clothes.

    Have any of you experienced problems with your walls, baseboards, and doors getting destroyed with holes & slash marks dug into the drywall?

    And as a third problem, what about the physical PAIN the larva causes when one of those lint-hairball nest looking things takes a jab at your skin? I was watering plants the other night when I felt multiple stings below my knee. The burn was stronger than usual because it turned out to be a scorpion on the inside of my pant leg & it stung me several times. My point is that the pain from the sting of a scorpion wasn’t much greater than what I receive on an ongoing routine from the moth larva. Both of my feet and ankles have been stung so often that they have been constantly numb for over a year.

    The multiple physical problems from the moths are my greatest concern, not just for me, but for my two dogs and cat as well. Before I started washing AND rinsing every piece of clothing that touches me, in 140+ hot water AND ironing every single item I wear, on the highest heat possible, both inside & outside, I would break out in an extremely painful rash with bright red welts from the seam of a blouse, or pants that had moth nesting lint and larva in various places. It isn’t really noticeable unless you actually inspect it, checking under the tags and around the button-holes and inside pockets.

    I feel like I am living in the Twilight Zone. I have had three different Exterminating companies at my house to look at the problems with holes in my drywall and other damage as well.

    Apparently moths that destroy clothes, furniture, drywall and finishing trim, just for starters, is not a common occurence here in AZ. Even most of my friends don’t really believe that my life could be so turned upside down from ‘a few tiny moths’, Not one of the three Exterminators could assess what the cause of the damage to the house was and informed me that it is illegal for them to aggressively treat the problem without knowing what it is they are trying to get rid of.

    I have talked to additional Exterminators and they say they cannot control moths, because they fly.The male moths fly, that is. The females just hop around on the ground and lay eggs.

    If anyone has experienced this problem to this extent, I would greatly appreciate any information you can give me. What’s very disturbing to me is that I have learned through this ongoing moth problem, that the majority of people who are ignorant of such things, choose to stay that way, not making an effort to research any of this info, which is so plentiful and available on all of the search engines. To my surprise, the usual response I get from most people (not all) who I discuss this with, say that I need to get more sleep, or they sort of chuckle and roll their eyes, as if to say I’m crazy!

    When professional, trained Exterminators patronize me and make no effort to educate themselves about how real this problem is, it is a very depressing and frightful experience for me because I am worried that I will not get the help I need to get rid of this problem. This has changed my life and basically has taken over my life with the many, many hours required every day, seven days a week, to vacuum the entire house, the dogs, boil several pots of water to mix with bleach to clean all counters and living area, and continually spray inside and outside harmful pesticides, I really do feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone and have many photos and videos of everything I have mentioned here, and more, including a video of the larva spinning like a maniac on one of the clothing items I threw out.

    • hi carol ~ i’m so sorry to hear about your situation. i’ve never heard of clothes moths that destroy drywall or larvae that sting. perhaps there’s some kind of mutant strain that thrives in hot and dry climates?

      i wish i could offer more than empathy, but i’ve never had this kind of experience. maybe others will come forward and comment on this post (which seems to have become a forum for people frustrated with clothes mothes!). good luck and i hope you find a solution.

      • Hi Carol, Roseanne. It’s hard to find good sites on moths since they normally tend to be ‘Help! I have a problem’ or exterminators marketing their service. I moved into a new build six years ago in September, have few woolen clothes and one woolen rug. My last flat had a very serious infestation and I dread to think what I brought with me since my Landlord wasn’t that interested, Anyway, I’ve been super vigilant and only lost a few sweaters that I accidentally put away dirty. Now that we’ve had our first decent dry spell for as long as I can remember, I’m doing a long overdue spring clean (deep/industrial even) and I’m finding evidence of moth larvae everywhere and by all accounts they’ve been causing me a skin problem on my hands and irritating me elsewhere. I think this is probably one side that people may be less aware of. So I hope going forward, once I finish, to be happy, healthy and hygienic!

    • Hi Carol Your not mad or crazy iv’e got the same problem mine are on the ceiling and they dive bomb down to get on your clothes carpets ect I have a 12 mth old and there going on her clothes i can’t keep putting insecticide on her clothes after there washed all the clothes are lying about in black bags untill i get round to clean them, But all i seem to do is recycle them and they have bit me and yes my hubby thinks i’m going mad to because they do just look like lint i sit for hours with tweezers pulling them off the seams they even go inside the fabric and do some thing to it cause wene you pull it its like a grey hair that you pull out but i never seem to find any thing else they also stick out the fabric like tiny pins i think mine where here before i moved in and the central set them off once you know what your looking for thats it i’m like a woman posesed with tweezers and a magnifying glass but its so time consuming i could be doing other things like spending time with my wee girl..

    • Carol.

      Last year I had an infestation of some kind of bug in my apartment that turned out to be book lice which I brought in on some wheat from outside. I didnt sleep for a week. I would wake up soon after falling asleep and take a flash light and some sticky tape and go hunting thru my bed for bugs- and every time I looked,I found some. I washed every bit of bedding and clothing in the house and went to the doctor to get some cream for body lice and I sprayed the furniture and box spring and covered every inch of the floor with diatomaceous earth and I bought new white sheets the better to see the bugs. I took some samples of the bugs to the county extension office and they looked at them under the microscope and I had an exterminator take some to the lab. I was so sure I had bed bugs or body lice and I really got worked up for nothing. As soon as the source of the infestation,the wheat, was gone- the bugs were gone. Try to find them and catch them with cellophane tape and get it identified. It could be fungus gnats or mosquitoes and trust me, getting bit by some mystery bug is no joke but it is always manageable once you identify the problem. Good luck.

    • You are not alone. We are in the early stages and I am angered that these so called experts say it isn’t a moth. Well it is, the larvae. We moved into a rental trailer, fairly nice in eastern Colorado. My husband has dry sensitive skin, but he suddenly became having very painful itching hot sores along his waistline of his jeans, knees, and arms. Nothing would help but benydryl and ice packs. He is covered in scars now, more bites. Then, his model train layout that he built over 7 years ago got small holes in the rocks that he painted out of pink insulation board. More and more, then the mountains collapsed. We would see a dusty powder/wads of the same color of whatever was around it. Gross. Then he saw little wormy catapiller like things sticking out all over. And black powder spots that stain and look like acid eating some material. It looks alot like black mold. From the day we knew it was the moths, it took only about 3 days for them to devour his train layout, ruin the expensive kit buildings by eating the glue and pooping/whatever all over. They even got on the real rocks! They get in crevices of the rocks and can go a thin layer in and pop a hole in solid rock. NOT KIDDING. His poor skin and he has been so embarrassed with his arms marked with holes and red welts. He is a musician and has had to perform like this. He had to miss a memorial bbq that our son wanted him to play at for his fallen friend. The sores on the back of his leg had gotten into a lump/boil type thing. I have read this on other websites too, but they were instantly shot down or told they have bed bugs. Alot of people say they were bitten by moths and the experts say no way. They are right up to a point. The larvae eat up rooms of things in days, and we believe that when they go into moth stage they still have some aspect of the jaw and they can bite for a very short time period that is why it is so infrequently reported, but reported non the less. Now, until we saw your story, we didn’t think our clothing had been affected, but now it makes sense. The house had a urine odor from dogs when we moved in, and they said a lady locked her poor pit bull pup in the different bedrooms and then abandoned him in the room where the train table was placed upon moving in. Now we hear from all the experts that the moth larvae LOVE TO EAT SWEAT & URINE. I had cleaned the rooms 3 x with commercial grade carpet cleaner and now no urine smell but the clothing moth larvae are left behind. We have seen where they eat wood, glue and plaster for sure. They leave a filthy gross powdery stuff everywhere. We have a metal sculpture outside on the porch of a working oil rig. stained black in just days. the plaster base our friend had modeled for the earthy ground underneath the rig looks like a holy volcanic mess and is rubbery (just like the train layout, which by the way is at over $2,000. worth of damage). I have a beautiful rock collection. Colorado jasper and agate that looks like scenery. Fossils and mica, fools gold and real gold and some very rare Calvonite (Telluride Gold) in my office next to his train area room. The whole collection is getting the white dust spots that stick and some have holes. A beautiful piece of black Onyx is stained. The wiring on the porch is covered in black that looks like black mold. I will be taking this computer down after this letter, and get all of my husbands cd’s and albums and pics of his wonderful musical career down and out of here. But we don’t want to take any with us. Nothing seems to get rid of them. You can kill a bunch with some good spray, then 10x more are there. They are in carpet now. I have called landlord and now waiting for her to call back. I almost didn’t believe my husband to the extent he was saying myself even after viewing them in the train layout, but now, I am spotting more and more affected things. I hope she takes us seriously. We have to move I guess. I don’t trust them to get them out. Orkin said $134.00 for Inspection and 1st treatment which is on a 12 month agreement. That is cheap actually. The bottle of stuff we first bought was 101.00 and it helped but not near enough. The 13.00 spray CAV worked better than the expensive liquid form. Then they come 30 days later for $84.00 (and if in between you see even one they come out free) and then every 2 months for remaining 5 months. Not bad if it works, but now we get to see if they will help us and believe this weird story and tale! I am heartbroken to have let my husband itch and pain and suffer. The doc said they would start tests next week to discover problem. In the meantime, he suffers and his beautiful N scale model layout and scratch built buildings as well as many kit buildings we purchased through they years destroyed. Plastic people, horses ruined. The trees on the layout were painstakingly made with fiber and glued to branches and sprayed and sealed. They sucked the color right out.
      Well I hope this helps your sanity, my mind is still in shock and I have to cancel a very important appointment in the a.m. to be here for exterminator whether we pay or the landlord does, we can’t live like this.
      Yes people the little tiny triangle shaped moth has ruined our home now we are moving again.

  14. Thank you Roseanne for your reply. I was contemplating contacting ASU’s science department and based on your response, confirming my belief that I am experiencing extremely unusual problems, I am going to contact them tomorrow. I will keep you posted on any progress or information that ASU provides to me.

    And just so you know, your empathy means a lot to me and is greatly appreciated.

    • good luck and please do keep me posted, carol! feel free to comment here or email me at roseanne [at]

      • If either of you are interested, maybe I can write you back about my lifelong experiences with moth, which despite going back over 30 years, I have much to learn about this indomitable pest and foe. They still have the power to surprise me, especially during the last 24 hours as the cleaning continues!

        • hi peter ~ i’m interested in your experiences. sent you an email, looking forward to hearing more about your adventures!

        • Help….moths for months. Come in cycles. Can’t find source or larvae anywhere.

          • I can’t get rid of them. It drove me mad I had to stop caring. I washed and sealed everything. I vacuumed, scrubbed, used vinegar, cedar, fumigated, lavendar, moth balls and traps. My traps are always full. I have no idea where they came from or what they love so much about being here. The stitching in my shoes and jeans slowly disappears. It’s nature try but don’t go crazy over it. I’ve thrown almost everything I own away. Had I known nothing works I wouldn’t have tossed my favorite comforter away. Good luck to you all.

          • I think I brought my moths in from a chair a coworker gave me. I went nuts and am learning to live with it and keep traps in every room.

        • I have no idea what kind of moths I’ve suddenly started seeing in my upstairs TV room. I just killed one tonight w/ spraying 409 on it. Saw it first on the outside of my closet door. Then it flew, & landed up on the ceiling. I sprayed up toward the ceiling, & it tried 2 attack me. Couldn’t find it 4 about an hour, then saw it on the ceiling again. After several sprays, it fell to the ground. My BP was out of control, & I didn’t think 2 just grab it w/ the paper towel. I crushed it! Hence, what kind of moth was it? I’m in SC, so it’s not real cold here yet.
          Needless 2 say, I’m scared! I already threw out all pantry items months ago. And, the pantry has been closed off. I don’t keep food upstairs. I have no idea what’s going on. I had 2 install a window air conditioner back in April. That’s when I began 2 notice flying beetles, mosquitoes, etc. getting in the upstairs room where I sleep. What should I do? BTW: The A/C didn’t fit correctly, so I have mailing tape all around it. Any info., will help. Thanks!

    • Carol, what did you find out at the university and how are things going? ANY help advice anything. We pray you are moth free and we hope to be soon.

  15. Peter, I would also be interested in what you have to say.

  16. I have a closet that was infected with moths from a fur coat that was stored in that closet. I was told by the department store that was cleaning & storing my fur to paint the walls of the closet. The paint seals the eggs in which I was told you cannot see. The painter sealed the cracks between the floor & base board in that closet. I am now looking for how to clean the wood floors in the closet. Does anyone know what cleaner to use to clean the wood floor to kill the moth eggs?

    • Hi Karen, I’m experiencing the same problem. The building exterminator is clueless and told me he has never dealt with moths in NYC. The owner of the company is coming here tomorrow and told me the only thing I can do until then is to vacuum. I have fairly new wood flooring throughout my place. A powerful vacuum is all you need and be sure to get the ceilings too. I was ‘Googling’ the best vacuum for moths and noticed your question, which I can’t believe was only yesterday. I didn’t know about the paint but its good to know. Did you know the eggs are actually caterpillars for 10 days before they become adult moths? Apparently, this is the time when most of the damage takes place. I thought I was looking at an inch worm a few weeks ago, only to learn later on that is was indeed a caterpillar. I’m prepared to shell out approx. $1,000 between the exterminator and dry cleaners. I find it so repulsive but grateful that it’s not mice or bedbugs.
      Let me know how it works out. If you’d like, I’ll give you my Email address. Good Luck!

  17. We have hoovered , wiped and sprayed the area, on my hands and knees with a torch and tweezers pulling each one out of the carpet by the skirting board….but not a sign of anything eaten or a moth., what am i missing????


    I shake my clothes and leave it to dry outside in the sun and once it’s dried i bring it in and fold them. However, when i wanted to wear something i’d always find a moth popping out of my clothing, please tell me what to do because it’s grossing me out.

    • Elwyn, re-read Roseanne’s really inspiring article! In addition to washing her clothes and hanging them out in the sun, she vacuumed Absoutely Everywhere and made sure to throw out the vacuum bag immediately. Then on the next equnox, three months later, she repeats yhe whole process again. and every equinox after that. If your infestation is really bad, after the first deep cleaning, it may be well to check everything (see her comments about monitoring) each month for the first few cycles and if you find any evidence of moths, bite the bullet and do the whole process then instead of waiting.

      i had been doing a mini version of this, only doing the parts that were infested, and only a couple times a year, but that partial approach has only slowed the moths down, not kept them under control. Yesterday I discovered that a woven cotton blanket that I’ve had with me for forty years has gradually been eaten through, and today I discovered that they’ve thoroughly pitted the pile on a pair of (what were) a particularly beautiful small hand woven middle eastern area rugs. I’m seriously crushed.

      So it’s time to toroughly rout the critters! Between this article and one I found from UC Davis on integrated pest management I think that I have what I need.

      Thanks, Roseanne! I like your attitude!

      • thanks, snowybelle! i’m glad you found it useful. the uc davis article looks like a really good resource, too.

  19. Hi All, I know how bad this is and how there really aren’t that many web sites that have truly dealt with the problems the way many of us are learning to deal.

    i’m not sure I’ll ever get my life back from the moths….I walk in my house and start scanning the floors for eggs, the window sills, the bathroom sinks and I have a freakish ritual of bleach and diatamaceous earth that works well, you just have to be ok with white powder around your house.

    The problem was at its peak 2 months ago here in California where some casual moths entered my house one evening while I had company dining on my deck. They got in, took over and began spreading insanely. The infested wool rugs, food, every nook and cranny you can imaging and I started freaking out.

    That’s when I had to look closely at the fireplace, the cracks in the hardwood floor–you know the drill.

    Where I sprinkle the diatamaceous earth–they are not reproducing. Where I haven’t put it they are as alive as ever.
    Some of you sound like this may help you.

    It’s at pool supply stores and on the internet. I got the food grade quality and a huge 40 pound bag. This doesn’t hurt you or your animals–just dehydrates them and kills them from the inside.

    You can buy a rubber bulb thing from Amazon to mist the powder in vents and hard to reach places.

    My poor husband. Each week I add more DE and act like it’s not even there—what white powder all over the kitchen…..?

    I know that many people really don’t understand how insane this moth thing can be and how it can make you feel like you’re going crazy.

    Hang in there and we’ll see if we can’t get these problems licked. There should really be no need to clean your closet every equinox and decide it’s inspiring or thought provoking. Most people clean their closet every couple years and when they do—-it’s not full of moths.

    We all need to be doing something more fun with our weekends.

    God Bless. Kayla

    • Thank you for the diatomaceous earth reminder. I used it years ago for fire ants outside and it worked.

      We are about to pull up our wall-to-wall carpets after trying everything else. I am almost 70, very neat and clean, and have never had to deal with clothes moths in my life until I moved into a house where they were lurking. I am constantly scanning walls, ceilings, clothing, and everything else, ready to squish. Some pheromone traps have worked. Others have not caught even one male.

      Those who have not been besieged by clothes moths have no idea how frustrating, time-consuming, and aggravating they are.

  20. Oh man this really helped me to read tonight. I have struggled for more than a year now to get these awful creatures and carpet beetle out of my life. Last October I had an exterminator come to my home. Like all of you, emptied my closet, washed everything, dry cleaned the rest and purged many items to the trash (roughly 7 large bags of clothing). I cleaned my two boys closets, my clothing, my husbands, all the linens and all the bedding. Worked days. Felt happy that at least my house was clean and I had been forced to let go of items I did not need or want anymore. My closets now are orderly and tidy. It felt good but sadly it didn’t last. I have been killing live adult moths and carpet beetles most of the fall. It’s so awful to have this take over your life. I vacuum each day in hopes that I will get a hold of the little assholes. Has anyone been dropped to their knees, prayed to God and cried? I feel selfish, but that’s me. I was so mad today after I pick a moth larvae off my denim jacket. It’s horrifying to find and discouraging. I cried out to God (sounded more like Nancy Carrigon “Why”).
    I know it’s more of the same; wash, vacuum, dry clean (blah blah blah). It’s made me almost obsessive, I scan every room when I enter it for carpet beetles crawling up my walls and moths in my garments. I just don’t get rid of them all even after all cleaning and washing. This is like a much needed therapy session and support. As above comment, people don’t understand unless they have gone through it. I pray often for the creatures to leave my house and even for God to give me strength to keep cleaning. Really sounds dramatic, I know, but it has ruined the quality of my life. I have thought often and prayed for the elderly or the poor who can not help themselves out of this. It’s awful. Instead of playing checkers with my boy, I am doing more vacuuming and washing. Time stealer, sanity robbing, stupid bugs leave me alone!

    • Has anyone tried steam ironing. I’m finding holes in so many of my shirts, cotton, rayon and blends. When they can be ironed that’s what I do. This is a nightmare.


    I noticed tiny flying things around a beautiful old rug I hauled in from the street the year before and had stored behind my couch. Yikes! I threw the rug back out.

    I vacuumed the red velour sofa, the old Persian rug beneath it, all books in the bookcases, etc. I washed and ironed all the curtains.

    Then I consulted the gentlemen at the local hardware store. They told me to put cedar chips under the sofa, and in all of my closets, and the moths would be gone!! Really? That was the solution, they assured me. I bought about 20 for something like $20, along with cedar oil to spray on the chips and refresh them. Do that once a year, they advised. I put six under the sofa, and never saw another moth there. All this was ten years ago.

    At the time, as I was doing the clean-up and intense home inspection, I discovered moth holes in some vintage cashmere sweaters in a nearby closet. I assumed the moths had spread from the rug. I washed and dry cleaned everything in all closets, then scrubbed down the closet walls. The cost was over $200 for the dry cleaning. Wow.

    I consulted the very happy dry cleaner. She said old cashmere is especially prone to moths, and so is old wool. It’s very hard to get rid of moths in individual garments because the larvae somehow comes back over time. The moth holes will begin again in the same old garments years later.

    Good to know. I mended and kept a few vintage cashmere items, and kept my eye on them. It is ten years later. Sure enough, I just pulled a gray sweater out of the closet and discovered: MOTH HOLES!

    Yup, I had lapsed on my annual cedar chip spraying process. Needless to say, I just took care of it.

    I’m about to check everything in the closet, but I suspect it’s just that one cashmere sweater that is 50+ years old. (It belonged to a family member who passed away.) If it’s the only thing in the closet with holes, I will mend it. If it contaminated other items, this time it goes in the trash.

    The dry cleaner helped me understand that the problem really can be confined to a few cashmere and wool vintage items, so in the interest of saving others huge dry-cleaning bills, I’m sharing this information.

    • I wish it were that easy for me. I too used cedar blocks, chips and essential oils. Cleaned diligently, laundered and dry cleaned, but they returned. I have found the little bastards in every room in my home. It’s depressing and feels like they will never leave. Also lucky enough to have carpet beetle. It’s brutal. God bless you all and stay the course of cleaning and purging.

    • Janet, Can you try putting those cherished, affected sweaters in the freezer?

  22. I feel like I’m losing my mind. My best friend stayed in my home when I was sick and in the hospital. I came home for three weeks and saw some bugs which I killed. Six weeks later I came home and couldn’t believe how bad it had gotten. I was killing about 20 an hour the first few days. At times I’ll only see two in a day, but the next day there will be 5, or 7, or 10. I’m so angry at her that I could scream although I realize it is somewhat irrational as she didn’t do it on purpose. I can’t understand how she didn’t see those little demons flitting about.
    All day long I scan the walls and ceilings. I have a ton of furniture and clothing. It seems like an insurmountable task and amount of money to even begin tackling it. I feel so powerless I sometimes just start to cry. My skin feels like it is crawling all the time now and I don’t sleep so well.
    I haven’t spoken much to my friend as I’m afraid of what I’ll say if a lengthy conversation begins. She sits outside smoking most of the day and I’m assuming that is how those evil beasts got in my home. She left a bunch of stuff here which is now out on my balcony because it was completely infested.
    Reading all your stories is somewhat relieving, but also disheartening.

  23. I have been infested with moths that don’t eat clothes – they are
    hideous they appear on clothing but there are no holes – I am using
    the exterminator but they are saying there are in the food. We have also
    thrown out all of the grains. Nothing helps they’re still here
    I’m sure they are hiding because its cold here in LA – help

  24. Thank you for this post. I too feel like I am going crazy. I see the inch worms crawling up my wall daily. We have taken everything and cleaned it, even removed the layer of fabric on our box spring, they were eating it. I believe they are attracted to the cat fur. We vacuum daily and wipe down everything, I have never dealt with anything like this before. It is very upsetting. I can’t figure out where they came from but it seems the most infested spot was under our bed, everything under there was filled with the tubes, filled! I pulled out a cardboard box with some thank you cards in it and it was filled with the tubes, like something out of a horror film, hanging from the top of the box, in every hole in the box (the cat had bit the box years ago), etc… We threw everything out under the bed still they crawl up the wall. I don’t know where they are coming from. Pest Control is coming today, hoping they can do something to stop the cycle. Will keep you posted.

    • Okay so turns out it was Indian Meal Moths. The pest control didn’t find any food infested, including the pet food but he said it could have been an old bag or could have come from a neighbor. Apparently Clothes moths do not climb the walls that was how he figured it out. Some of our clothes did have the cocoons in them (well one jacket) and some shoes but apparently they go to hide in the clothes. Fun of living in an apartment complex I suppose…

      • Okay so mystery solved. The pet food had spilled out under the bed about a month ago, it had eggs in it. That is how the moths ended up under the bed, also we had fed the cats in the closet the same time. So that is how they got in the closet, only one Jacket had them in it and it was against the wall, that is how they got in there. The pest control guy inspected everything and the bags we have now don’t have them but he told us to watch for webbing in the bags in the future. Apparently they are confused for clothing moths a lot. These kinds climb the walls and don’t eat clothes though. Best of luck to all of you on here. These things gave me nightmares.

        • thanks for the updates, sammy. i’m glad to hear you sorted everything out! this kind of infestation is definitely a little traumatic.

        • That sounds horrendous Sammy. Have you managed to get rid of them all? You’re right – there are different types of months and the worm type ones look horrid. At least your clothes aren’t ruined by these little nuisances!?

          • Nope still not done with them, it has been maybe 6 months. We still find them in our bedroom and closet, most recently under our bed again was a small group of them, cleaned and two days later 3 more cocoons under the bed. They are meal moths yet they are in our bedroom. It is really hard and gross and upsetting! Pest control is coming again tomorrow for the maybe 8th time…

    • You are not alone. They haven’t posted my story yet, it is so long, but i felt each part very important. We just started with the nightmare. My husband is a tough guy, but tears came to his eyes when he saw that the larvae had destroyed his whole model train layout in just days. 7 years, hundreds of hours, thousands of dollars gone. 3 days gone.
      Hang in there, lets band together. No one is gonna brush me off as crazy. I will go to the top of the ladder to be heard.

  25. We have also been fighting the moths. They have mainly been in an old wooden wardrobe that has to stay in our rented flat. I have removed clothing and washed everything, but I don’t want to put my clothes back in there until I feel it has been disinfected. So, at the moment, all my clothes are in suitcases, just waiting to go in. 🙁 The thought of those little creatures all over my clothing, just grosses me out. How does one safely disinfect wooden furniture – especially an old wooden wardrobe that belongs to my land lady (so I really need to take care not to harm it)?

    • Dana,
      Depending on what state you are in, you can set it outside for a few days in the freezing cold, and that should do it. however, not always. We also took alot of our furniture outside in bright sunlight and washed it with soapy water w/drops of bleach added. then dry thoroughly. They get in the cracks and love the glue. also, vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. Then get the pheromone traps and place in the closet or just around the outside to make sure they are not in there. Good luck!

  26. Hi,
    Recently noticed we have a clothes moth problem but just can’t find the larvae and no clothes (that we can see) have been affected. We have a couple if suspicious holes in the carpet but no larvae. They are also in every room despite being vigilante and keeping the doors shut. Have tried hoovering, sprays, strips, catchers, cleaning and still have no idea where they are coming from.

  27. Very helpful thread here. We moved in last June and discovered these little buggers in a hallway closet. There’s an HVAC duct on one side of the closet so it is hard to vacuum all of the crevices and crannies. We have seen no clothing or fabric damage and the infestation seems contained in this single closet. We just had the house painted and cleaned the closet very well. Reading here, my thought is also that this is the closet where we keep our vacuums. So I wonder if even though we have no fabrics anywhere nearby, they’re feasting on the vacuum bags somehow! Exterminator wants to fog the whole house which makes no sense to me. We have DE for the pool so I will try spreading some of that powder to get to the crevices in the closet where I cannot reach to clean. Prior owner kept yarns in this closet so I suspect that was the root of the infestation. Yuck!

  28. Hi,

    I thought I had it bad.

    Nothing but nothing beats placing Pheromone Traps at strategic places, yes, it will take time, for not all male moths will be caught prior to them catching the tantalising whiff of a real life female moth, but I find these ideal for almost ‘mopping up’ the majority of new moths, and now, only a 2 years into using them have noticed more moths caught early in the year (with far fewer flying) especially if you set them just prior to spring/summer.
    Also, I would recommend (if you can) separating the areas which you know they like/live &/or breed in & doing your best to keep that area free of access for as long as possible, I don’t know how powerfull these traps are, but I have noticed a distinct uptake in the catch-rate in rooms/closets etc which I am not constantly using, hense, moving high risk items into these areas, This may sound potty, after all, wouldn’t you like to keep these items safe, BUT, & herein lies the rub, they may be the culprits, even innocent clean items can be the drug of choice to moths, & I am convinced that moths zoom in on the concentrated aroma nearest to the trap in a still room.

    Also, & this is very very important, regards the moving clothing from one part of the house to another.

    When deciding on having to wash/throw/move clothing from any mothy area, never simply carry them on their hangers to their new home or to your washing machine. Stay within the infested zone, & place them in a large strong plastic bag (say a red one), then go & shake them in the garden/patio/roof, after you have shaken them put them back into ANOTHER plastic bag ( say a blue one)& take them to their next port-of-call. Stick to the same bags & you will be simply astonished at the amount of ‘stuff’ you find in the red bag, all little bits & pieces that would have been carried & scattered through your house, hense, in my opinion sometimes (in the past) finding moths in my treasured Persian rug.
    Good luck

    A little note, moths & their lavae & eggs loath bright sunlight, you can hang your treasured clothing in the garden in full sunlight for a few hours, (& if you have a vintage fur) beat it with a carpet beater….

  29. Hi,

    I had a terrible time from March to August 2013 with clothes moths – we’ve lived in this house 15 years without any problems up until last March when I found the larvae chomping away on a nice wool rug under a hideabed couch. They had spread from that main problem area and just begun attacking 4 other rugs. You all know the drill – rugs were sent out, closets cleaned, woolens bagged, clothes moth traps put around.

    From November till this April we didn’t see a thing and nothing was found in the traps either. Then, this May: They’re Back! We’re seeing some random flying guys, catching some sitting dazed on the ceilings in the mornings and there are some in the traps. But here is the weird thing I need to know if anyone else has had happen, I can’t find any evidence of them eating anything. Rugs, clothes, things in closets – no evidence of any eating, larvae, moth carcasses, nothing! Could these moths be hatching from eggs laid almost a year ago? From what I’ve read the eggs hatch into the larvae and then turn to the flying moths. So if thats the case are the larvae in cracks along the floorboards? What are they eating to be able to turn into moths if I can’t find any fabric damage in the house? I am going crazy!!!

    • hi holly ~ it’s actually completely possible that the larvae are living and feeding in places like the cracks along the floorboards. they feed on keratin, the protein in hair, so if there are any hair balls (especially if you have pets) behind furniture or between boards, they could be eating those. they also have quite long life cycles (anywhere from three months to a year), so it’s entirely possible that this new batch is just the offspring of the moths you had last year.

      i also had a similar situation last year, where i hadn’t seen any moths in months, suddenly they appeared, and i couldn’t figure out where they were coming from. it turned out there were IN MY VACUUM CLEANER! i had vacuumed up some eggs, they hatched in the vacuum and the larvae fed on all the hair (mine and the cat’s) that had been sucked up. my vacuum has a clear canister, so i just happened to look inside while i was cleaning and saw hundreds of moths!

  30. The following is a link for a programme by James Wong on herbal remedies. At around 17:30 there is a section about these evil little critters, a recipe to make and a before and after review from 2 trialists.

    The recipe in the programme is as follows…

    2 tablespoons dried rosemary leaves
    2 tablespoons dried sage leaves
    2 tablespoons dried wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) leaves
    Dash vodka

    Strip the leaves from the dried plants, and crush them finely. Mix together the rosemary, sage and wormwood in an open shallow bowl, and sprinkle on a dash of vodka.
    Put a little of the herb/vodka mixture into the center of a small muslin square. Tie with raffia. Repeat until you have used up all the herbs.
    Pop the herbal sachets into cupboards and drawers to deter moths. When they first stop smelling, give them a squeeze and a bash to release more volatile oils. Next time, they will need replacing. Approxiamately 6 months. Hope this helps 🙂

  31. Just waiting for some sage and Ill be trying this out myself. Will let you know how I get on in a mo(n)th or so. Wish me luck!

  32. I have had these little critters for 2 yrs now! Cannot find the source but think they came in either in cat food or clothing as I order most clothes, shoes, etc. online. I didn’t find any in my closet 3 months ago when I cleaned it out completely BUT today, I found 5 crawling on a sweater (non-wool). Went through the closet and culled out many moth-less items but still have to check shoes and boots. No more moths. Husband then cleaned out his closet and didn’t find anything. Neither of us has found holes in clothes, ever. We do have a cat with long fur who sheds a lot- after reading all the posts, I think I need to vacuum more frequently in “her” room (where my closet is located as well) and them make sure the vac bags are thrown out more often! I hung real lavender around the closet but that apparently failed. I will try some of the advice given here but like the natural, pet safe solutions only. Thank goodness the little sh*ts do not bite- we had bees once and that was truly terrifying!

    • Lizzie,
      I soooo know how you feel! I’m going insane trying to get rid of these little buggers. I tell my husband-they know when they see me coming!!!! I’ll see them flying in the room, if I try to swat at them and miss they fly in a zigzag evasive manuvuer making it difficult for me to catch/squash them. I’ve even caught them and thought they were dead only to find out they were “playing” dead and got up and flew away before I could fully drown them in the toilet. I’ve read all over the place were they like to hid….not my little friends they fly right up into your face-taunting me as if to say “you can’t catch me”. I’ve cleaned all clothes and come to find the clean clothing has the egg tubes on them! It’s so frustrating. I’ve gotten rid of every single “sniff sniff” piece of cashmere clothing to no avail. I have a baby on the way and the last thing I want is for her clothing to become infected.

      • I have read that camphor is something moths don’t like. I have them in my scalp I know I do doctors won’t listen. Aka morgellons. But I have been saying fungal mothh for 3 years. I feel bites all time. Regardless of time day. But am getting ready try using sarna lotion with menthol and camphor in it. Just a thought. I tried everything else to no avail. But if breeding in me may never b rid of. Ugh

        • Angie. I have them on my scalp too. I tried rinsing my hair with apple cider vinegar, and it worked..the first time. The next time there was no relief at all. It’s like itching and almost a burning feeling, then every once in awhile a bite. I bought a pocket microscope from amazon and used one of those fine lice combs, and I didn’t see anything in the hair at first, then I saw what looked like a dead full grown moth wings and all. I bought some lavender oil and mixed it in a spray bottle with water and spray my sheets and pillow a lot. I also used a lint roller because there are always little white things in my bed that just look like dandruff, but I don’t think so. I didn’t see the worms anywhere, but I’ve seen casings. I’m 61 with a bad heart and a bunch of other medical problems. I don’t need moths on my scalp! I am a clean person and wash my hair on a regular basis, but now I want to wash it all the time. I even sprayed the lavender oil/water right on my head tonight, and it does help so far. I also have an itchy rash on my right hand, and I’m starting to think that what they call Morgellon’s is actually caused by these moths. I also recently got new carpet and a new bed BEFORE I had the moth problem. I’m wondering if they could have come in brand new carpet and padding,or a new box spring and mattress.I keep noticing paint chips missing from my newly painted walls, then I find it on the carpet. I really think this is a new strain of moth and it has mutated into something dangerous. But I can’t tell people about what I suspect, because they’d probably lock me up in a padded room! I just don’t know what to do. I vacuum, clean, iron my clothes. I’ve thrown out a ton of clothing. Now I have to deal with them on my scalp! I’m so sorry we’re both going through this. Please let me know if you’ve found a way to get rid of them.

  33. I just recently killed a few moths in one of our bedrooms. I am wondering if all else fails (washing, vacuuming, bagging things up, etc.) if treating with permethrin spray will work? I am willing to spray things down and close up the rooms one at a time in case permethrin is too strong to live with for a while. Not sure if using this method would be too drastic.

    • We used it and it does kill them exactly where you spray and leaves a whitish powder, but it goes away quickly. Much quicker than the stuff they leave behind. If I were all of you, nothing is too drastic. The landlords father just told me that they have been in his house as well as this trailer for years. he calls exterminator, but they always come back. I feel that was information I needed. Now my husband has lost his train layout, $2,000. plus damages, and even my rock collection is damaged! Their filth is all in the crevices of beautiful rocks and they turned a foot long piece of mica into a black rubbery mess, and bore through a natural agate and I have holes in jasper and more. They aren’t done, but at least we are getting our unreplacable stuff out of here. This is no way to live.

  34. we are having an uphill battle with moths for past year. can relate to most of the posts. i have a question on the spritz that you use. how do you make it? the essential oils bottles are so little, do you mix with any water or anything else?

    • hi nicole ~ i fill a spray bottle with water and then add about 20 drops of essential oil. i usually add a teeny drop of dish soap (any kind of natural, biodegradable liquid soap will do), to help the oil emulsify.

  35. I brought clothes moths into our home via a carpet bought at Goodwill. Threw out the carpet, tried traps, extensive cleaning/washing, to no avail. Called an exterminator who told us that we had to do this, this and this, and that he and his crew would then “treat” our home for $1,500, but that there was NO GUARANTEE that they would be eliminated even by that! We didn’t hire him. Oddly, we haven’t found evidence of damage to fabric items. The apparently can live on hair and other matter that falls to the floor. I HATE these things! Lied in bed with a book the other night and one came crawling over the top of the book. Try to smack them but they’re too fast. One will sometimes “buzz” my face at night or land on me when I’m in bed. On the plus side, I’ve heard that Buckingham Palace has clothes moths too.

  36. THANK YOU to all who have posted here!! This “moth/gnat” monster is very very real and for some of us it is killing us slowly. I too have them in my scalp so does my husband and three small children,one of which is medically fragile. Not sure who/what brought them in but started after son had major surgery. We all feel so sick and tired with horrible brain fog. I have lost most of my head hair. We live out of plastic vacuum seal bags and I clean with borax and washing soda all day every day. The little “lint balls” are everywhere,I go thru a fabric shaver every month. This horid affliction is killing my soul and my family and there’s no where to go for help and nobody believes me. I’m just about out of energy to fight this and completely out of money to try another fix. If you see one moth in your house I would strongly suggest treating it as if your life and sanity is a stake. It just may be before you know it! If you live in the US,look into sites from abroad for info cause you won’t find much of help here…best of luck to you all,its comforting to know we are not alone…upstate NY

    • Jessica My heart goes out to you.I would strongly recommend food grade diatomaceous earth. You can research it on line. I use it for everything it is safe to eat, it is safe around humans and pets. Just make sure you get food grade ( Not pool or garden grade). You can put it in your hair, clothes bed etc. It kills insects by (simply put) dehydrating them. It is the best thing ever. Its not expensive your health food store might be able to help you find it or some sites on line will be able to help you. But do your own research I promise this will be your answer

  37. You need to be very careful about this and the use of vacuum cleaner regularly will avoid this happening.

  38. My sister and I live in the Bay Area of California and while we’ve grown up seeing moths occasionally in our parents house, we never really had a problem until the last year in our own apartment. It started with doing some “Spring cleaning” and finding clothing that had been eaten in my sister’s closest. I then checked my own closet and luckily only found small evidence of the moths and larvae. We both went through the whole deep cleaning process but can’t do anything too harsh as we have a cat that already has other medical problems and we care about her more than our clothing.

    We used to find moths in our living room area as well but luckily that has turned rare. We have done the usual cedar and lavender satchels in our closets and dresser and they do occasionally come back but not to the amount that we first had. We also had an infestation in our vacuum and had to get rid of it. I will never forget when I opened it to clean the bag and looked in saw probably 50 moths and larvae (EEEEWWWW).

    We thought we had the problem more under control and I do think its better, but last night my sister found that they had EATEN THROUGH one pair of UGG boots and another pair has them on the outside and inside. We are prepared to throw them away(and will for the ones that are eaten through) but does anyone have any suggestion on how to clean the ones that are not yet ruined? How do you get them out of the inside of the shoes if you can’t even reach the inside very well? The thought of putting a foot into the inside of an invested shoes just gives me the creeps.

    I see people say to freeze things but as we are in an apartment, we do not have an extra freezer where we could store these items for months. Nor do I want to put them near my food. Will dry cleaners even take these UGGS? Especially ones where it is obvious that they’ve had an infestation? I’ve been warned that if you tell dry cleaners that items have moths, they may refuse to take them as they don’t want them to spread. We did take about $400 worth of dry cleaning about 2 months ago and just acted like it was normal as to not freak out the cleaners.

    If anyone has advice on how to clean the UGGS, I’d really appreciate it. We might try washing in the washing machine and if that doesn’t work, just throwing them out. This really is an upsetting issue having moths and I’m sorry that you all have the problem as well. Especially the ones with the extreme situations!

  39. During the summer I realized that some old rugs that were in the garage were infested with moth larvae. We ended up getting the largest dumpster available and loaded it up with anything/everything that could be contaminated and had it all hauled away to the dump. This alone cost over $600 plus hundreds of hours of work.

    Finally, after fighting these darn things, they appear to be gone. I used boric acid, diatomaceous earth (product called “Safer” being I have three cats) and cleaned and cleaned and cleaned. Finally after keeping this up for months, they appear to be GONE!

    If you have pets, especially cats, be very careful if you are using essential oils namely cedar, lavendar, cloves, peppermint and especially camphor and eucalyptus.

    It seems that one of my cats, the oldest one, has been sickened by all of this cleaning and left her with scabs and open sores. She is still being treated by a veterinarian and is improving but I got all of these “essential oils” OUT of the house! My cat is more important to me than a sweater.

    I caught this problem before it got out of control as a friend of mine living nearby here in northern Calif. had a huge infestation in some old rugs in her house and she has yet to get them under control.

    Much of this problem I believe is due to the climate change and drought.

    I am now using lavender (the plant), cedar (the actual wood itself) and am still cleaning a lot.

    I’ve never had a problem like this in my life and it seems I and my friend in the nearby town are not alone. We were told that this problem is a near epidemic situation where I live and I believe it.

    As it now stands, all clothing is packed away in plastic tubs and nothing is allowed to set on the floor. I had my wall-to-wall carpeting steam cleaned which may have gotten rid of them but it also set off an infestation of fleas as apparently eggs were lying dormant in the carpeting and the steam cleaning activated yet another problem to fight!

    I’m exhausted by all of this and in poor health. My husband is not a whole lot better than I am and 20 years my senior.

    I wish I had more to add except I cannot emphasize enough to be very careful with what you are spraying around if you have pets, especially cats.

    Best of luck to everyone reading this and I hope we can all get beyond this problem sooner rather than later! *eek*

  40. Omg I live in Australia and I know what u r all talking about. These moths have completely ruined my life. I too am covered with scars and sores and the incubation period is three mths and no matter where I am the cycle in my body reoccurs every three mths. I have been admitted to a psychiatric institution four times as nobody will listen to me or knows what it is. They all think I am making the scabs somehow by picking and think I have gone psychotic by claiming they r living on my scalp. All of my nails r eaten away and I have nails simply falling off now. These horrible creatures literally ‘hatch’ out of my skin and push their way to the surface like a blind pimple.. If I disturb them they move and then all of them start to push to the surface. I too have been on my hands and knees with tweezers and a magnifying glass. It has left me with such I’ll health and with no resolution or help in sight. I am scared for my health and my long haired chihuahua also has them. To make matters worse the carpet beetle also lives in my home and another strange parasite insect. I am moving house and have pretty much decided to take nothing with me. The problem is though I am the incubator. So where I go they too go. Although they also live in the carpet, clothing have eaten wooden furniture etc I am more worried about the damage they are doing to me and my little dog. This is a scary epidemic and something myself and it seems everybody else has never heard of, apart from the people here. Please help me I am scared them living on and in me is going to slowly kill me as I have no immune system left am fatigued and nauseous, suffer migraines and severe bleeds as well as more. They have lived off and in me for almost two years and my ears and eyes and everything are affected now also. My dog suffers th exact same symptoms and I am so relieved to not be alone and this can somehow show other people that I have not lost my mind that this is real and life changing. Any advice would be so gratefully appreciate. Also advice on my moving in a few days. Thank you all and God bless you.

  41. Where can you get the little traps?

    • hi KC ~ you can get the traps at most hardware stores (in canada, home depot, rona, etc; not sure about the US). you can also buy them online. good luck!

  42. Try using mothballs they kill and prevent moths and they’re larva

  43. Hi,

    I have been inundated with this moth problem for months now. I bought these cardboard little houses with pheromone in it from Amazon called Safer. I put them in all my closets and I have caught them in about 2 of the closets. It is not an infestation yet although in the beginning they did fly around and my son would kill them in his hands. Ugh!! Like many of you I have purged my closets of comforters, clothes, etc. etc. Money down the drain. The exterminator has been here twice and he has shot poisonous gel from some kind of a gun all over the closets. It does work but not on the larvae. That’s another story. He told me I would have to spray all the closets to really get rid of them. I said no let’s try other means first. I feel they came here to my apartment from a laundry service I once used because the moths are concentrated in the closets that I hung the laundry in. The exterminator thinks they came in from the open windows even though I have screens all over the place. Whatever the cause I am desperate for a solution to this problem asap.

  44. Sarah,
    I have submitted a post, and not sure of the process as to when it gets posted, but watch for it. I have an idea that will help all of us with this horrible problem and feel very optimistic that it will work. By the way, I know exactly what you are talking about, and you need a doctor to take you seriously and help you. I’m sure help will arrive very soon.

  45. Hi everyone,
    Bad news/Good news…

    The bad news is that I’m back, which means the moth problem I wrote about on June 23, 2013 is still here, even though I threw out almost all my clothes, blankets, coats, bedding, etc., AND moved. I tried every method that I read about; extreme heat, freezing them, and anything else that has been written as a solution to get rid of them. I even went online and paid $130 for some special pesticide made to kill moths. To give you an idea of what I am dealing with, I can put my iron, turned up as hot as it can be, and even add steam, to make it even hotter, on a waving hair that is attached to my clothing. The hair is not just a hair, as larvae has attached itself to the hair, and it has become one. It’s easy to recognize the difference between that and just a regular strand of hair, because plain hair won’t be bobbing back and forth and make a jerky, vibrating movement, like it’s swinging it’s head back and forth in different directions. It sort of resembles the movement of a fishing worm that you pull from the dirt. This very fine hair, I believe, is silk. Then there’s the ones that actually look like hair, long and straight, but it will also move. My friends and family must have weird fans that blow air up and down, left, right, fast, slow, in waves, and so on, because they think it it just air movement that is making the hair move. This occurs with NO air on, windows shut, everything except that hair is very still, so I know it’s alive. That hair, silk, or whatever it is that is moving, gets attached to other items, which make it move. Every piece of paper towel I pull from the rack will move. Same goes for napkins, tp, and other items. The other items are at random, but I can bet on movement from every time from the three items I just mentioned. It just adds to the creepiness of it all, and to the level of how crazy others think you are. Getting stung by one is all that would need to happen to someone and they too would know that it is not just an ordinary hair that is naturally moving from air movement. Getting stung by one is so painful that it would snap anyone out of ignorance.

    My thought on why the moths are so much more powerful and resistant than they should be, is most likely along the same reason that was recently on the news that head lice has become resistant to the products on the market to get rid of them. They adapt to the pesticide, where it works against the homeowner, with the moths just getting stronger with each attempt to kill them. In my case, I think perhaps the moths that are on my property are even more powerful than the neighbor’s would be, due to the extreme amount of pesticides I used in an attempt to get my life back. This was in combination with an assortment of homemade concoctions I created to spray them with, where I would end up with my own eyes burning from the red hot CAYENNE pepper I poured in the spray bottle, which I routinely sprayed on all the yard plants. This sounds weird, but they were very aggressive and as soon as I would come out in the yard with my spray bottle, moths from all directions came charging at me, towards my face. Seriously! I assume it was the male moths protecting the females, who would just hop around on the ground, as I believe the females don’t fly. Having read this, knowing that the females were unable to defend themselves by not flying, I targeted those areas where I have seen moth activity and the moths that did fly were trying to protect the females, is my guess. It’s just very weird to go outside and have moths dive at your face. Until I moved to a place with a much smaller yard, I had a morning ritual which resembled a live Pac-Man game. I would put on long sleeves, pants, boots, gloves, sunglasses and a large hat, and then would fill up one of those containers that attach to the end of your garden hose, where you turn on the water and it mixes with the solution and you spray your yard. I would put various things in there, just so the moths wouldn’t get used to the same thing, and start spraying towards the bushes where the moths lived. And, so begins the PacMan Game. Charge! Here they come at me in all directions, so my challenge is to spot them, even those behind me, that are aggressively coming at my face full speed. I aim the hose at them and the force of the spray, and the hot sauce or whatever I put in the container, would force the moths to back away. It actually became kind of fun, in a sad way. It was my morning entertainment. I can understand if my neighbors who could see over my fence, through their windows, thought I was crazy. There I was dressed for combat, spraying my yard, moving in a circular motion, yelling, “die, you bastards, die!!!” If you read my first post, you’ll know that I complained of severe burning on my skin from the moths. So, I continued yelling at the moths as I sprayed them with Cayenne pepper, “how does it feel?! You don’t like being sprayed with something that burns you, do you? Well, you deserve it, because you sting me and inject your venom into me and cause me to burn, so take that!!

    Later in the morning, when I felt it was safe to go in the front yard, hoping that everyone went to work, I would do the same thing with the hose, except I withheld the verbal shouts to die. My neighbor two houses down and across the street, apparently saw me out in the yard in that ridiculous get-up I wore, and she came over to see what was happening. She was always sort of a Gladys Cravitz type, in a good way, with good intentions. She comes over, “Carol?” not even sure if it’s really me. I tell her about the moths and tell her just watch and see what happens when I turn the water on and start to spray them. They’ll come charging at me. Without thinking about it, I go to turn on the hose, and she yells, “what about me? I don’t want them charging at me!” And she runs down the street back to her house in fear of getting attacked.

    I became so threatening to the moths, that a casual walk across the yard to find my cat would bring them charging at me. Unprepared, I would end up with long slash marks on my forearm, where they would dig their daggers into my skin as they flew by. My arms or legs or feet (sandals) would get hit and immediately turn red and burn my skin. I would have to try to sooth it with a baking soda mix withed apple cider vinegar to make a paste, then wrap Saran Wrap around the pasted area to hold it in place. I have many photos of the long, red slash marks that I would often get on any exposed skin. Doesn’t matter, as no one believes what the photos show, as they consider it to be something else.

    The good news is that I did confirm that the hairs that were at one time attached to the moth larvae, were indeed the reason for the burning and painful stabs I was getting in my feet, and other parts of my body, daily. Of course, I knew this all along, but there’s a sense of satisfaction when something you know to be a fact, which is not believed from most others, is validated by an expert in the field. About a year or so ago, I went to the internet and Googled something like, “Moths that sting”, and found a VERY INFORMATIVE article “Stinging Caterpillars – A Guide to Recognition of Species Found on Alabama Trees”, written by L.L. Hyche, Assoc Prof Dept of Entomology. (I don’t live in Alabama, but it applies to other regions as well)

    At the time I read it, I didn’t become overly excited because it was all about caterpillars that could sting you, and I never once saw any caterpillars in my yard at home, so I thought perhaps that I was not on the right trail for finding out how to stop the stinging.

    That all changed when I made a new discovery in June 2015, two years after my first post about the moth problem. I was at my cabin up north, and I saw the brightest blue caterpillars that I’ve never seen before. They were all over the foliage in the yard and on the porch. I pulled out my phone and took a video of them because I thought they were so unique with their vibrant color. Later, when I was back home, I sent an email to Mr. Celaya, a forest health specialist from the Office of the State Forester, in Phoenix, asking him if he could identify the blue caterpillars and went on to tell him about some of the problems I was having with moths at home. Mr. Celaya identified them as Tent caterpillars.

    I still was not overly anxious when I received that info because, as I said, I did not have problems with caterpillars at home, where I was getting stung all the time. Last weekend, I decided to look up Tent- caterpillars and I learned that caterpillars are larvae & there are more than 11,000 species in N. America. The stinging caterpillars have hollow spines that contain toxins from poison-gland cells to which they are joined. You don’t need direct contact with the caterpillar to be stung with these toxins. They are present in molted skins and silk cocoons bearing toxic hairs from last-stage larvae. From another article I found, it states that the insect hairs/spines containing the venom can be present on leaves under trees, or various other places, so contact with the venom could occur without you even being aware of it, until the intense burning begins. The medical problems could be severe.

    I never thought it was an actual moth that was stinging me, as I know that once they become a moth, they are harmless, except for reproducing. It was always those hairs that the larvae attached itself to, where it would blend in with whatever it was wrapping itself in; such as any piece of lint, part of the carpet, thread, a leaf– they could be wrapped up in anything. I would put on a sock or a pair of pants, and one fine hair that had woven itself into the clothing item, could send me screaming as if I was stung by a scorpion. My skin would burn like I was on fire, it would turn into bright red welts and hurt so badly I wanted to call an ambulance, but I knew they would just think I was crazy, and was always too embarrassed to get help, due to the response I have received from others about this issue. I have dozens of photos of my body covered in hives and red as a beet, and my feet would swell from multiple stings, and turn purple, and so painful I couldn’t even walk without the assistance of crutches. I have a photo showing a vertical line of welts going down my leg, where the inseam of my pants had hidden strings and fibers moving, which I was injected with their venom. The welts on my leg were in line with the inseam of the pants. I was shopping when the burning started & had to leave my cart & drive home as fast as I could to remove my pants. It literally felt like multiple scorpion stings, all up and down my leg. I never received any sympathy or support from my two grown children, as they thought other things were going on, and became critical and judgmental. I never realized how much they didn’t believe it until I called my daughter to take me to the hospital, and she said she would, but never showed up. That’s when I realized the best thing was to just stop talking about it. Withholding such traumatic issues going on in your life pushes you further into isolation and depression, and I have never been a depressed person. Always knew there was a solution to every problem, but not this one.

    How joyous it was to get a validation that I was experiencing exactly what I claimed all along, the stings and hives and redness I would get from just walking or putting on a shoe, was due to the moths. It was a box of sweaters brought back from my cabin, when I saw the first moth in my house. Had I known then what I know now, I would have burned that box right on the spot!

    The above information was typed two weeks ago, and not finding the time to finish what I want to say, I have been holding this back, in order to complete it. At this point, I am going to send it out because today is another day that it is not going to get finished, and I wanted to at least share the info that I have come across and reconnect to those of you who have also had problems with moths. The lady with the baby, keep protecting your baby and although those who tell you that you are crazy, just ignore them, because you are NOT crazy. This is really happening, and now that I know it’s not just me, along with the new info I have about the Tent- Caterpillars, I am going to pursue this so that it gets the attention from others (doctors especially) that it deserves. There is a lot of information out there, yet it seems to be in a cave, based on the ignorance of so MANY people about this entire problem. We should be receiving the support of professionals, as well as family and friends, yet in my experience, I have received just the opposite. Even if it was neutral, I could deal with that. But, when you feel attacked, criticized, judged and ignored about this very serious problem, that is ridiculous. I have so much to say about my experience from all of this, that extends far beyond the moths, it is truly unbelievable, as if I am living in another world, a backwards, Hillbilly world with no educated people, who get angry when you bring up something that they just know can’t be possible. Luckily I have documents and photos to back up all the strange and unbelievable things that I have experienced, which occurred because of the moth problem, one way or another, and when I have the time, I will document all of it with the intent of making positive changes to many systems that should not be in existence. Another story, another day.

    By the way, this website is saved in my favorites, but had no idea that it was still active. I accidently bumped into it, by dropping my mouse, and it opened up. Obviously meant for me to read. I can relate to every post on here & appreciate the humor here and there, but I know that you are living a horrible, lonely, isolated life. You have to if you want to try to stay ahead of the moths. For me, that requires giving up sleep every other night, in order to produce the accounting I do for a living, since the majority of the days are consumed with laundry detail, which includes at minimum 1 to 2 hrs ironing, daily! That’s 2 hrs for ironing ONLY, not the time spent checking for items to wash and that whole routine. My new best friend is Bissel, as we spend a lot of time together every day and my other best friend is a spray bottle that I have in every room, with one never more than a few feet away. I quit using harmful pesticides over a year ago, and found that a bottle of water with Apple Cider Vinegar added to it & a dash of dish soap, not only works great on cleaning everything from sinks to windows, but seems to keep things under control for the most part, if I remember to spray through the house, including my clothes, shoes, etc. Just stand back so you’re not drenching your clothes, and let a fine mist of the vinegar water fall down on your closet shelves, and everything else. This seems to keep my clothes clear of lint, and the kitchen counters, long enough to quickly open a frozen box of something and throw it in the oven, hoping no larvae gets on my food. When I eat, I do so quickly, knowing that I only have a couple of minutes before things start moving on my plate.

    I think the hardest of all to endure, for me anyway, is what I have experienced in how I am viewed now, to anyone I mention the “bugs” to, compared to how I was viewed before. Even visits to the doctor’s office. As soon as I state that I feel it is the constant stinging I received in my feet as the reason they are both numb and In pain all the time, the doctor ignores what I said and dismisses me without even attending to my complaint. I end up leaving the doctor’s office still very concerned that the very hard lump I have right above my ankle might be a blood clot, due to very little, if any, circulation in my feet.

    Reading your posts have inspired me and helps me in more ways than you realize. I now have a plan of action that will benefit everyone having moth problems. I will start on it now and get back with you shortly.

  46. please keep us posted, carol! thanks for the update, and good luck with your plan of action.

  47. I am also facing the same issue with clothe moths. Your post have great information.

  48. Apparently materials that won’t be named by heat can go in your oven or hot car. ..more than 120 f for 30 minutes kills them too.

  49. Do they get on skin and burrow? Can they live in youre hais. Eyebrows or eyelashes?

  50. Wow, that was a cool article. What an incredibly interesting concept. Nice.

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