Why is my Christmas sweater full of holes?

Why is my Christmas sweater full of holes?


It’s time to don your favourite sweater for the holidays, but it’s full of small holes. You didn’t put it away like this last year. So, what happened?!?

Most likely, clothes moths.

Clothes moths are fabric pests. They lay eggs on or near items made of natural animal material like wool, cashmere, leather, silk, feathers and fur. Larvae hatch from the eggs and eat the material, creating small holes.

Are all my sweaters at risk?
Yes, if they’re made of wool or cashmere. If fact, any items in the home – clothing, blankets, rugs, furniture, taxidermy, artwork -- made of natural animal material can sustain damage during a clothes moth infestation.

How do I get rid of clothes moths?
The experts at Pest HQ offer these do-it-yourself tips:

• Inspect – Moth activity may not be limited to your favourite sweater, so thoroughly inspect other clothing items stored in the same bureau, chest, closet or storage bin. (Get tips to identify adult clothes moths and larvae.)

• Clean – Moths prefer clothing that is soiled with food stains and perspiration, so launder items before you put them away. Also declutter, disinfect and vacuum your closet, dresser or clothes bin.

• Trap – The fastest way to get rid of clothes moths is to use moth pheromone traps. (Learn how they work and get professional tips for achieving the best results.)

• Monitor – Traps stop the moth breeding cycle, but any eggs already laid will hatch into sweater-eating larvae. As such, continue to monitor your clothing for moth activity for several weeks.

Questions? Contact Pest HQ!

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