Its a fact of life: Bugs happen. And its never a good thing to pull your favorite sweater or suit out of storage only to find that some moth has eaten a hole in it. The following are some tips to prevent bug accidents and other problems with your gear.
Dry cleaning is an excellent technique for preventing insect damage. This works for two reasons:
- Moths and silverfish don't like dry cleaning solution, so they will most often stay away from clothing for up to four weeks after it's returned from the cleaner.
- Moths and silverfish tend to settle on soil spots, especially food spots. In other words, it isn't that they simply eat anything in the closet. They prefer clothing that has at least a light soiling to the spot they select. By design, the cleaning process removes these.
Another option is moth balls, which are simply left in the pockets of the suits and slacks hanging in the closet. For most people, the smell of mothballs that stays in their clothes far outweighs the bug-repelling benefits. No one wants to smell like moth balls.
Finally, if moths and the like are a real problem, consider professional extermination to cut down on the insect population in your home. Professional exterminators can eliminate most of the crawling fabric eaters. However, this process often seems to be less successful than cedar or moth balls in controlling and repelling moths, and protecting your clothes.