This month we got a question from Ralph in Austin, TX. Ralph writes:
You write a lot about vacuum-sealed bags. Why are these needed? Why can’t I put my clothes in a drawer to keep them away from moths? I also have several large Sterlite containers that I use for clothing storage. Are these not sufficient? Please explain.
Ralph, I appreciate you asking this. Here are three reasons you should be using vacuum-sealed bags:
- They create a barrier. One of the most important things about safeguarding clothes from moths is creating a vapor barrier that insulates them against infestation. When you vacuum-seal clothing, you put them in a low-pressure environment where very little air is inside. Moths won’t be able to enter.
- They help compact your clothes. When you seal the bag, you’ll see air get sucked out and your clothes get smaller. An otherwise large bag of sweaters becomes an easy-to-store garment bag that can slide under your bed or go into a drawer.
- They are cheap and easy to use. You can pick up a bag online for a low price. This is better than a box or container because those things don’t create a perfect barrier. Even the smallest hole will let moths in. Once you use one, you’ll be hooked!
-The Moth Guy