Naturally Clean: How to Get Rid of Closet Moths

| 6/1/2009 3:19:51 PM


Clothes moths and carpet beetles are pesky little creatures—especially when they lay their larvae. These insects seek out rarely disturbed areas (such as under a couch or somewhere in storage) and set up their home. Because moths and carpet beetles feed on animal products such as hair and dander, dark closet spaces are one of the most favorite locations for larvae to live and feed (on your fabrics).

You won’t see these insects, especially the larvae, because they love dark areas and flutter from light. With the exception of small holes in clothes, it can be difficult to even notice their existence.

If you think you might have clothing moths or carpet beetles, fill a sachet with lavender and place it wherever the bugs might be—under your bed, in a sock drawer or in your closet. Although this won’t kill the insects, it will protect your clothes.


Combating these munching insects can be easy, as long as you spot them early. If you have a small infestation, try this Thyme and Clove Moth Repellent:

• ¼ cup dried thyme
• ¼ cup whole cloves

1. Combine the herbs in a small bowl. Place a tablespoon of the mixture in a small cloth bag or tea ball.

2. To use, tuck into drawers or hang in your closet.

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