Bugs that eat your clothes

Bugs that eat your clothes

How to get rid of bugs that eat clothes


If you are here now, you must have been faced with such a situation. Do you open the closet, take one of the sweaters or other clothes, and find many small holes in it?

You didn’t wear these clothes that often to make holes in them? Then why do these clothes look so bad?

Why do holes appear on clothes? What or who can eat clothes in a closet?



Many different beetles live in closets, dressers, and wardrobes. You need to stop them from destroying your clothes.

This article describes several types of insects that can harm your clothes. The most common pest is a mole.



Carpet beetles

Carpet beetles are another common household beetle that eats clothes. You can find carpet beetles in your closet, on your walls, or even all over your floor.

Female beetles lay eggs in clothes, on carpets, furniture, or even simply on the floor. After two weeks, they hatch and begin to eat the tissues that you stored.  As it grows, it no longer poses such a great threat. These beetles eat fur, feathers, mohair, wool, and other soft natural fibers.

Carpet beetles are tiny in nature and move very slowly.

Common carpet beetles that eat clothes are the variegated, black, and common carpet beetles. They all are destructive towards fibers and only differ slightly in their appearance and lifecycle.





The adult moth has no mouth. However, a female moth can lay from 50 to 1000 eggs at a time. It’s these larvae that eat your clothes. They feed on materials containing keratin.

Most adults wean themselves off fibers as they develop. And only larvae eat tissues.

They can cause extensive damage to clothing over time. So you need to take action as soon as possible. Correctly determine the type of pest and choose a method for its destruction.

Here are some facts about the moth and its habits.

Only moth larvae feed on a tissue. Adults do not eat tissue.

If the damage affected cotton clothing, then it can be damaged from moth larvae. This is one of the favorite materials for them.

Since moth is the most common pest of clothing, many think that it was a moth that damaged their clothes. This isn’t always the case, and you should always distinguish the different types of damage based on the material, humidity, and damage pattern within your closet. It may seem complicated, but it is necessary to get rid of damage to clothes.

Here are some common pests and their preferred materials.



Silverfish do not feed on tissues. They eat nutrients and trash that stays on their clothes. Articles of clothing that you store in dark areas (dressers, closets, basements, wardrobes, etc.) are excellent food sources for these bugs.

These pests love dark places and eat pieces of garbage there, which are preserved on clothes.

You may think they’re eating your clothes, but actually, these bugs are only eating trash from your clothes.


Crickets, Termites, And Cockroaches

These beetles don’t target tissue. But they often damage her by accident. At the same time, they eat leftovers of food, drinks, starch after washing, and sweat.

Be careful when you leave dirty clothes in the wrong places.



So how to prevent the appearance of new holes in clothes? How do I protect my clothes from bugs?


Keep your cabinet clean.

It’s often ignored, but it works. Keeping the closet clean helps get rid of beetles and prevents them from reappearing.

Use a dust pump to clean the cabinet regularly to maintain cleanliness.

This eliminates dust mites, dead bugs that others eat, and spiders from making webs.


Keep your stored clothing secure.

Use cardboard instead of wooden boxes. Or plastic boxes. Don’t let pests crawl through your clothes. For tissues that you leave unattended for a long time, make sure that pests do not get to them.

You can also add natural repellents, such as essential oils, bay leaf, or other odors that scare off beetles.


Freezing your clothes

You can freeze small fabrics, stuffed animals, toys, and others. Fabrics by placing the item in plastic bags and then sealing them completely.

After some time, the pests that are living in the fabrics will be killed and should be safe.



By now, you should have what you need to get on your way to protect your clothes.



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