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Can Clothes Moths Survive The Washing Machine?

One of the biggest breakthroughs in pest control was the discovery of heat. Many years ago, scientists found that heat could effectively kill most insect pests. This led to the creation of heat machines. There are also other ways to use heat to kill pests. For example, professional heat treatment for moths is effective for controlling these insects. Also,!clothes moths can be killed by throwing items in the washing machine. Here’s what you need to know about this:


How to destroy clothes moths with your washing machine

Moths are easily one of the most destructive pests. If you’ve ever opened your cupboard and discovered holes in your clothes, then you’ll know what we’re talking about. Lucky for us, clothes moths can be destroyed with heat.

What you have to understand here is that you’re not killing the moths themselves in the washing machine. If you have an infestation in your cupboards, then it’s more than likely that your clothes are covered in eggs. You may even have moth larvae crawling around on your clothes. The larvae are the things eating your clothes! What you need to do in this case is kill these moths and larvae. 
As we’ve said, you can do this by throwing the item in your washing machine. Just note that you need to keep the item in your washing machine for at least 30 minutes. The water also needs to be around or above 50°C. Unless you do this, there is a chance that the clothes larvae and eggs could survive. In fact, you might want to leave your clothing in the machine for a little longer. Of course none of this is comparable to hiring a reputable pest control company if you have an infestation, but it can help when you have a few moths in your closet.


What about items that can’t be machine washed?

While this method does work, it’s not perfect. For example, you may have delicate items which cannot withstand the washing machine. In this case, you can put the item in the plastic bag and place it in the freezer for a few days.

Another issue is if you have items which are too large for your washing machine or freezer. This could be the case with rugs, or wall hangings which are moth infested. You may also have pillows which contain natural materials. In this scenario you cannot exactly use bug spray, because the moths are inside the item.
There really isn’t a simple solution here. At best, you can leave the item out in the sun and hope the eggs and larvae die. Something else that you can use is dry ice. Unfortunately, most people don’t have access to this, nor do they know how to use it. What you can do though is hire a London moth control company. We can help you with more advanced heat treatments. This way you can save your precious items and be done with clothes moths.