Dear Sir/Madam: I looked at your site and the section about clothing moths. It was very interesting, but there were so many options I got a bit overwhelmed. We have had a low level moth problem in our closet for at least a few months now, they’ve ruined a shirt and a suit jacket. Our closet is walk in and small room-sized. It is also off our bedroom so we don’t want to use anything super toxic or smelly. What product or combination of products would you suggest to kill the current moths and keep new ones from showing up? Thank you.
First, are you sure the pest you have is CLOTHES MOTHS and not CARPET BEETLES? If you are seeing moths, then it most definitely is. But if you haven’t seen any pest but only noticed damage, don’t rule out Carpet Beetles. Since treating for beetles is much more labor intensive, it will require more chemical and more treating so be sure of just which pest you have.
Next, I would recommend a few things. Get some CLOTHES MOTH TRAPS set out in the closet and adjoining bedroom to make sure they don’t spread around. On our CLOTHES MOTH PRODUCTS PAGE, you’ll see CYFLUTHRIN listed which would be a good product to apply to any carpet in the house. As our article explains, it’s always best to treat as much of the home as possible when this pest is active. Adjoining rooms – especially if they are carpeted – would be likely spots for them to nest and not just the clothing in the closet. Be sure to add some NYLAR to the tank mix if you spray. Both are odorless and will surely get adults and their offspring which is critical for this pest. Additionally they are safe to use in the home as detailed in our HOW TO SAFELY USE AND HANDLE OUR CONCENTRATES.
Lastly, if you are certain the problem is clothes moths and that it’s only located in the closet, you could opt for an AEROSOL MACHINE which can be set to release a small amount of aerosol over and over which will effectively control clothing moths as well. Fill it with some KONK PYRETHRIN and be sure to replace the Konk when the can runs dry. You should get a good month or longer performance per can when used in a small room like a closet. This control measure won’t solve any problems that could be active in other parts of the home but it will most certainly address the closet issue.