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How do you get rid of a moth larvae infestation?

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To get rid of clothes moth larvae, keep clothes clean, brush clothing, pack away natural fibers when they are not in use, vacuum regularly and use cedar or lavender repellents. To get rid of pantry moth larvae, clean the kitchen thoroughly, wipe down all containers and store foods in airtight containers.

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To get rid of clothes moth larvae, use the following steps.

  1. Wash clothing frequently
  2. Clothes moths and their larvae shun light and tend to thrive in dark, protected environments. Wearing and washing clothes regularly can help keep larvae at bay.

  3. Vacuum regularly
  4. Vacuuming can help get rid of eggs in carpets. This prevents them hatching into larvae.

  5. Brush clothing
  6. For clothing that cannot be washed in the machine, brush the surface on a regular basis. This can help remove eggs from the fabric.

  7. Freeze clothing
  8. Clothes moth larvae are very sensitive to changes in temperature. If an infestation occurs, place clothing in sealable plastic bags and put them in the freezer for a few days. Take the clothes out of the freezer and let them heat up to room temperature. Freeze them again to ensure that the eggs and larvae die.

  9. Use pheromone traps
  10. Pheromone traps can help trap adult moths before they start laying eggs.

  11. Pack unused clothing away
  12. Pack away winter clothing over the summer in sealed bags. Clean pieces before stashing them to prevent infestation.

  13. Use cedar and lavender
  14. Use cedar pieces or dried lavender in closets and drawers. The substance helps repel moths.

To get rid of pantry moth larvae, use the following steps.

  1. Throw out infested items
  2. Throw away any packages of food that show signs of infestation.

  3. Clean the kitchen thoroughly
  4. Wash the entire kitchen, including corners and shelves. Wipe down all containers. Use vinegar cleaners or soapy water to clean surfaces.

  5. Choose secure storage containers
  6. Store pantry foods in airtight containers to prevent moths from getting in.

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