Have you ever taken out a favorite shirt or dress from your storage and found a little hole on it? However, you don’t recall ever getting caught on something when wearing it. The source of the little hole could be an insect.
Small insects like to nest into clothing that is in storage and start eating away. They can create holes into you favorite clothing. It will leave you with headaches and looking for a replacement. If you’re storing clothing especially season clothing for long periods of time it’s important to know how to protect clothes from insects.
How do insects get into stored clothes?
Insects like to target unprotected clothes that are in storage. One of the main reasons is because most of the time is because clothing is being moved and taken out of storage routinely. Insects will the lay their eggs on the clothes. Once the bugs lay their eggs they will start to eat their way on the unprotected clothing.
They can get in from the smallest hole in homes and storage units. Homes normally attract them and they find their way into bins of clothing. So when the clothing is moved to storage units and kept there for long periods, the insects are already eating away at the clothes.
If your going to store you clothing in a storage unit for a long period. Try these tips!
How to protect clothes from insects
These little balls have been repealing moths and bugs for many years. It is recommend to place a few mothballs in between your clothes that are being stored for periods longer than one month. The mothballs turn into gases that in turn kill off moths, their eggs and larva. The use of mothballs has low risk to people but always use caution, it is a pesticide and should be treated like one. When handling mothballs, individuals should take precaution like using the gloves and washing hands after handling.
When looking for a natural solution to pesky insects that eat clothes, lavender is a great solution. It’s a great option because lavender doesn’t irritate skin. Plus, it will leave your clothes smelling amazing and not like they have been in storage for months. Insects can’t stand the smell of lavender, so you can feel safe your clothing will be protected.
Before you go in placing lavender into bins, ensure it’s dried. You buy dried lavender or dry it yourself. To avoid your clothing from being stained it’s recommended to place the dried lavender into potpourri balls or little bags.
If you don’t have dried lavender anywhere near you, a great solution for repelling insects from your stored clothing is using essential oils. Soak a cotton ball with the essential oils and then place it with your clothes.
The essential oils scents that should be used are:
If you’re looking for storage unit that offers the best protection from insects, contact us! At Lynch Storage, we provide climate-controlled storage units that will protect your clothing from extreme temperature and pests.