Why Have I Got Holes In My Clothes?

Have you ever had this kind of experience? You open your cupboard to find an outfit for the day, and suddenly notice your clothes are riddled with holes. Most people will immediately suspect that the culprit behind this is moths, which are a common UK house pest.  But that being said, moths are not always the reason for holes in clothes. So how do you know if moths are actually causing this issue?

holes in clothes

As we’ve said, there could be a number of reasons for holes in clothes. Besides moths, your washing machine may also be the cause of this problem. What it really comes down to is the type of material which the clothing is made from.

Are the holes in your clothes caused by moths? 

You see, while moths do eat clothes, they are extremely fussy. The reason why these pests chew holes in clothes is because they are looking for something known as keratin. This is basically a type of protein which moths live on. This protein is not present in all types of clothing. It’s only found in things like wool, fur, silks, feathers, felt and leather. Unless your clothing is made from these materials, your problem is unlikely to be caused by moths. They rarely eat synthetic materials. They can eat cotton, so it is harder to tell with this material, what is causing the holes. If the holes appear on clothes you wear and wash most often, then the washing machine, plus general wear and tear is more suspect than moths.

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You also need to understand that it’s not the moths themselves which cause these issues. No, it’s only their larvae and the moth caterpillars which eat your clothing. Holes in clothes aren’t always a sure sign of pest infestations. But what can you do about holes in clothes which are caused by moths?

What steps can I take if moths are the culprit?

First of all, it’s important to properly wash your clothes before storing them in cupboards. Many people fail to do this, especially if their clothes are clean, or have only been worn once. But the reason why this is so important is because moths are highly attracted to sweat. If they detect the presence of dried sweat on a piece of clothing, they will often begin to eat it.

Also think about how you store your clothing. Any piece of clothing that is stored away for a long time might become a victim of moths. The best way to keep clothing is by placing it in bags that can be vacuum sealed. This will guarantee that moths cannot get at your clothes, and also prevents other pests from harming them.

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Your second best option are plastic containers, especially those large plastic crates you find in the shops. If you can’t afford these, then your clothes should at least be stored in suitcases. Just note that if you’re going to do this, you should drop a few moth balls in the suitcase. The bottom line is that clothes should never be left to hang or sit loosely in cupboards for too long. Doing this is a recipe for disaster. Try 24 hour pest control if this doesn’t solve the issue.

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