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The Top 15 Cities in the U.S. With Clothes Moths

Posted on February 7th, 2018 by Knockout Pest

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Attention everyone living in a large city with a dense population — yes, we’re talking to you New York! Clothes moths are making their comeback.

Why should you care?

If you don’t want to have holes in all of your clothes, furniture, linens, etc., then it’s important to know what these pests are and what to do about them.

Top 15 Cities in the U.S. With Clothes Moths

  • 1. New York
  • 2. Boston
  • 3. Los Angeles
  • 4. Santa Fe
  • 5. Philadelphia
  • 6. Chicago
  • 7. San Francisco
  • 8. Minneapolis
  • 9. Washington DC
  • 10. Seattle
  • 11. Dallas
  • 12. Wilmington, DE
  • 13. Albuquerque
  • 14. Orlando
  • 15. Portland

Clothes Moths Are Making a Comeback

In the last 10 years, we’ve seen select pest populations on the rise — like bed bugs. Unfortunately, clothes moth populations are also rising. The main clothes moth we should worry about is the webbing clothes moth (Tineola bisselliella).

You will rarely find webbing clothes moths in rural areas, as they are most commonly found in heavily populated, urban cities. They thrive in environments created by humans and will stay hidden in their belongings, moving from home to home and person to person.

Items Clothes Moths Can Infest

It’s important to inspect all textiles, clothing, furniture, etc. before bringing them into your home — especially if they’re pre-owned. This, like bed bugs, can help prevent them from spreading and continuing to thrive.

  • Wool Rugs
  • Wool Blankets
  • Cashmere Sweaters
  • Horse-Hair Stuffed Furniture
  • Fur Coats
  • Items Made From Animal-Based Fibers

To kill clothes moths that infest your belongings you can either:

  • Place them in a plastic bag in the freezer for two weeks.
  • Place them in the dryer on the hottest setting for one hour.

Fo those who find these pests hiding in their home, be sure to give us a call so we can start managing the infestation before it spreads even further.

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