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How to Get Rid of Moths Indoors

Moths can be destructive to stored clothing and food items. Here's how to get rid of them.


  • : Products like moth balls, flakes, or crystals can be toxic and should be kept away from pets and children.
  • Step 1: Clean all food preparation and storage areas to help eradicate indoor pests. Vacuum food particles out of cracks and crevices in all dried food storage areas.
  • TIP: Keep your doors closed and have your windows and screens properly fitted.
  • Step 2: Store dried food products such as cereal, flour, and dried fruits in airtight containers. Discard any infested products.
  • Step 3: Locate clothing infestations by looking under collars, cuffs, and webbing. Locate other fabric infestations by looking in blended wool, cotton fibers, crevices of furniture, and carpet areas beneath furniture.
  • TIP: Dry clean clothes periodically.
  • Step 4: Launder clothes in water temperatures above 120 degrees for at least 30 minutes.
  • Step 5: Use moth balls, flakes, or crystals to eradicate moths from clothes in storage.
  • FACT: The felts and hammers inside a piano can become infested with moths, damaging the instrument's tone.

You Will Need

  • A vacuum
  • Airtight containers
  • Moth balls
  • flakes
  • or crystals
  • A dry cleaner

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