It’s a terrible feeling to go put on your favorite wool sweater and find a huge hole waiting for you. Materials like wool can attract bugs, especially moths which are infamous for laying bugs inside of wool—whether it’s a blanket, sweater, or rug. After that, their babies can chew large holes into your fabrics. Often times people use pesticides like mothballs to get rid of moths. Did you know there’s a non-toxic way to eliminate moths, though?
That’s right! It’s possible to eliminate moths with dry ice. It’s wholly chemical-free and may be the right option for you. Learn more about how to eliminate moths with dry ice below.
Why Dry Ice Fumigation Works
You should consider dry ice fumigation if you’re dealing with a moth problem, especially for smaller items like sweaters or blankets. Remember that dry ice is just the frozen form of CO2. When that material is contained, it ends up depleting the natural oxygen supply in the surrounding air.
How does this work to kill bugs? You can eliminate moths with dry ice because it essentially removes the oxygen around them that they use to breathe. If it sounds like a powerful tool, that’s because it is! Make sure you always follow the proper safety steps when working with dry ice.
Using Dry Ice Fumigation for Moth-Infested Fabric
First, place all the items you’re treating into a bag in a well-ventilated area. Put a slab of dry ice in the bag but remember to handle it with care.
Next, tie the bag up loosely while allowing some gas to escape. Keep a small gap in the bag so that gas can continue to escape.
Finally, allow the bag to sit for two or three days. Once the ice is done returning to its gaseous form of CO2, untie the bag, remove your fabrics, and wash them as you normally would. That gaseous CO2 left behind should have removed most of the oxygen in the bag, making it impossible for pets to breathe.
Take some steps to prevent moths from infesting your belongings in the future. Wearing wool clothes can often help as moths lay eggs in undisturbed places. If you need to store something made of wool, try to do so in an airtight container where moths will be unable to reach.
Dry Ice for All Your Needs
Dry Ice Corp is the largest regional supplier of dry ice and related products in the Northeastern United States. Our ice is fresh and delivered right to your doorstep. We are happy to help you determine the best way to ship your goods, whether you have a huge number of cookies or a single pie, and help you select the perfect amount of dry ice for the job. Give us a call at (201) 767-3200, or contact us online for a quote. To connect with us online, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.