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How-To: Banish Moths From Your Closet

In the recent New York Times article "When Moths Make a Home in Yours," writer Arianne Cohen asked the experts about ways to banish the bothersome bugs from your closet — and prevent them from returning.

Of course, it's always best to stop moths' progress before it starts. However, if it's too late for that, there are some steps you can take to keep the winged invaders at bay. Check out some of the methods for keeping moths out of your closet when you

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  • Start by keeping your closet tidy and clean. Dirty clothes often attract moths.
  • Even if you do find moths in your closet, don't immediately panic. Out of the 15,000 moth species in the United States, only two eat clothing.
  • If you have moths already, dry clean everything made of wool or animal fibers. Wash everything else in 120-degree water.
  • Vacuum the entire closet, including floors, walls, shelves, and ceilings, to get rid of any moths or larvae.
  • To prevent re-infestation, keep clothes in airtight bags or plastic sweater boxes.
  • Cedar balls aren't actually as effective as you might think. Cedar must be used in high concentration to kill moths. Who knew?!
  • Try to avoid mothballs, as they are a pesticide and a suspected carcinogen (read: really bad for your health).

Check out the New York Times article for more ideas and quotes from the experts.


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