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3 Things to Remember When Using Moth Traps to Protect Clothing

Cloth with holes done by moths
No matter how airtight your storage unit is and how spick-and-span it was when you moved your boxes in, there's still a risk of moth infestation if you have any items with natural fibers. In addition to your winter clothing, susceptible types of items include:
  • Fabric or yarn stashes
  • Vintage and antique upholstery
  • Taxidermy supplies and collections
  • Crafting felt
  • Hats and wigs
  • Carpets
  • Anything with leather or feathers
  • Musical instruments with felt pads or horsehair bows
As you can see, there is a wide range of potential for a wool moth in a typical storage unit. And since these moths can enter when you bring in an infested item or even just flutter in when you open the door, you need to put controls in place so you don't come back a couple of weeks later and find extensive moth damage.
That's why you need to use pheromone moth traps. Here are three things to remember when shopping for these traps.
1. Most Traps Only Catch One Kind of Clothes Moths
First, don't accidentally buy a pantry moth trap (it's easy to do). Secondly, if you look closely at the fine print in the description of the traps you're buying, you may find that it says webbing moths or casemaking moths. These are the two main types of clothes moths common in the US. Because they are different types, they require different pheromone traps.
Unless your trap specifies that it has a combo pheromone lure that includes pheromones for both types of moth, you'll need to buy two sets of traps to cover both common moth types.
2. Traps Don't Control Infestations
Some ill-informed customers buy moth traps and then give them a bad rating because they didn't control an infestation. However, the traps aren't able to actually prevent or stop infestations on their own. They're designed to alert you to an infestation so you can take measures to halt it.
Since clothing moths don't like the light of day and prefer to skulk in corners (which they can easily do, being about a quarter-inch long), you may not notice that they're present at first. The longer it takes you to notice them, the more damage they can do to your clothing before you put a stop to it.
That's why a trap that will snare even some moths right where you can see them is so valuable. A good trap can slow down an infestation by reducing the number of adult moths flying around, but you still can't expect it to get all the moths.
Since the trap doesn't control the infestation, it should be used in conjunction with other methods, such as sealing your items in airtight plastic.
3. Traps Need Careful Placement and Frequent Replacement
Traps for clothes moths should be placed in out-of-the-way corners near susceptible materials to maximize efficacy. The traps often come in sets of two so that you can catch both male and female moths. Males are more likely to fly, whereas the females prefer to creep around on the floor, so you're supposed to put one trap on a shelf and one on the floor.
Also, the pheromones on the lures will dissipate eventually, so you need to replace the traps on a regular basis. Often, the recommendation is to replace the traps every two or three months. Be sure to follow the recommendation on the product you purchase.
These tips can help you use clothes moth traps to effectively protect belongings in your storage unit. If you’re looking for a reliable storage facility, contact Florence Blvd. Self Storage today to learn about the storage units we offer.