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Removing Wardrobe Pests


Keeping clothing protected prolongs the lifespan of your favourite items, and that's why we have wardrobes. But what if the danger is there… lurking deep within your closet? Parasites come in all shapes and sizes, and each has its' favourite meal. So what do you do when your favourite pieces of clothing are their preferred lunch?

Read on and discover how you can protect your favourite clothing from the three biggest wardrobe pests.

1. Clothing Moths
Clothing moths are probably one of the biggest grievances when it comes to wardrobe pests. Luckily there are a few things you can do to get rid of them, without using foul smelling mothballs. Disrupt their preferred habitat by giving your wardrobe a deep and thorough cleaning. Moths enjoy feeding on dirty clothing that contains food particles, human skin flakes and natural oils. So ensure that all your clothing is washed properly before being packed away. Cedarwood hangers will also help to keep moths away from valuable knitwear.

2. Carpet Beetles
Once carpet beetles invade your wardrobe, they can quickly spread throughout your home attacking other wardrobes, linen closets, furniture and, that's right, your carpets. In order to treat your home for carpet beetles, you will need to vacuum each room daily to help eradicate the beetles and larvae. Clean all carpets, furniture and clothing using heat as this will help to kill any survivors and destroy carpet beetle eggs. Clothes that can't be given a hot wash should be dry cleaned. Monitor your progress and if you feel you are losing the battle, it may be time to call in an exterminator.

3. Silverfish
Silverfish pose no threat to us, our children, or our pets, but our clothes and books are another story! Silverfish will infest a home if they find two of the big things they need to survive, lots of food and few predators. Fortunately, getting these creepy crawlies out of your wardrobe and filing cabinet is an easy task as these bugs are very sensitive to smell. Spread cedar shavings on the bottom of your wardrobe and hang your clothing on cedar clothes hangers. Sprinkle a few drops of lemongrass and lavender essential oil around your wardrobe. If you need a more drastic measure, spread diatomaceous earth in the areas you find them most frequently. Then vacuum them up in the morning.

With these natural methods of pest eviction in your arsenal, you can rest assured that your clothing, carpets, furniture, and books will stay safe from the tyrants of tapestry.

Now let's get moving and create a fresh new space for you to enjoy.
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