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These Bugs Will Eat Your Clothes

Picture this:

It’s early Monday morning and you’re reaching for your favorite, coziest sweater to wear to work only to find that it’s riddled with tiny holes. If your first assumption is that closet moths are to blame, you could be right. You could also be wrong.

In addition to moths, termites, and carpet beetles, there are other bugs that seemingly all live to ruin your clothes. Here’s what The Spruce, a website dedicated to providing tips to make your home life better, has to say about who might be eating your clothes:

  • Carpet beetles are attracted to natural fibers.
  • Closet moths like to lay their eggs in stained clothes and are particularly fond of wool and furs. It’s their larvae that are feeding on your clothes.
  • Cockroaches are attracted to perspiration and body fluid stains, or any food or drink spilled on your clothing.
  • Crickets are attracted to dirty clothes and laundry starch.
  • Termites are attracted to cellulose fibers like cotton and rayon.
  • Silverfish like natural fibers such as silk, cotton, or rayon.
  • Clothing Preservation Tips
  • Clean clothing regularly and always before storing them for the off-season.
  • Vacuum thoroughly on a regular basis including the inside of your closets, fabric window coverings, and linens.
  • Store clothing in a cedar chest or wardrobe, or plastic bins with an airtight lid.
  • Hang lavender or eucalyptus sachets or cedar shavings in your closet as it repels pests.

Call in a Pest Expert

If you are finding that your clothes are damaged, yet you can’t figure out which pest is to blame, call in a professional pest control company like Ecola. Since termites are among the culprits, you do not want to take a chance that they could also be eating away at your home.

Ecola provides free inspections and expert advice, as well as family-friendly methods for eradicating any pests they find. Call Ecola at 1-800-471-BUGS (2847) today.

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