Removing moths from a closet involves a multistep process of ensuring that the clothes are clean, vacuuming carpets and storing wool clothes in airtight containers. The time to complete the initial removal often requires several days, and keeping the closet free of moths is an ongoing process.
- Make sure all the clothing is clean
Moths are attracted to clothing from an animal source that you wear and put away while it is dirty. At the first sign of moths, clean the clothes stored in the closet using an appropriate method for the fabric. Washing clothes in water that is at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit or dry cleaning them kills any live moths, larva or eggs. Kill moths in clothing that you cannot clean by storing it in the freezer at 18 degrees Fahrenheit for several days.
- Vacuum the floor
Use a vacuum to clean the carpet or any fabric that remains in the closet thoroughly. Seal the vacuum bag or the contents of the collection bin in garbage bags, and deposit the bag in an outside garbage can.
- Store clothing appropriately
Wrap wool and silk clothing in cotton, and store it in an airtight plastic container. Choose containers with tight-fitting lids or vacuum seal bags for storage.
- Keep the closet moth-free
Clean or freeze any vintage or used clothing before storing it in the closet. Brush coats after wearing them. Discard woolen items that you no longer use.