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CLOTHES MOTHS

 
Jody Tracy
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We have a problem with clothes moths. They don't just eat wool, they eat holes in cotton clothing too! The only way I have seen to get rid of them is to hire a chemical company to 'bomb' the place which I do NOT want to do. How can we seriously get these guys to leave so we don't lose all our clothing?

Thanks,

Jody
 
Morgan Morrigan
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citronella candle for a couple more months ?

Will make you sick of the smell, but ya gotta get em out....

then , i think Gardeners Supply sells traps.

Can you set up a trap of sacrificial cloth with a clamp type pants hanger.
 
rodney johnson
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Does cedar chips or cedar dust help with clothes moth?
 
Judith Browning
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Jody Tracy wrote:We have a problem with clothes moths. They don't just eat wool, they eat holes in cotton clothing too! The only way I have seen to get rid of them is to hire a chemical company to 'bomb' the place which I do NOT want to do. How can we seriously get these guys to leave so we don't lose all our clothing?

Thanks,

Jody


Hi, Jody, Have you seen and Identified the moths and larva or just noticed the holes? It seems unusual for clothes moth larva to eat cotton also. The best preventative I have learned (from others) for moths in wool is to air it in the sunlight frequently and always put it away for storage freshly laundered. They seem to like dark storage places for chomping holes in our woolens. We never found cedar any help...more recently I used a recipe for 'moth repellent' that had dried thyme, orange peel, cloves...it smelled great... but I think clean, sun aired clothing is the best deterent. I do that for my wool yarns too... making sure I bring them out of storage to the light frequently.
 
Thea Olsen
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Cedar can be effective, but only if there's plenty of it in a pretty air-tight space. I agree that keeping woolens clean and airing them frequently makes a huge difference. Moth eggs and larvae can also be killed be heat. Every summer I put my yarn and spinning fibers in my car for several days when it's hot and sunny. The temperature in a closed car on a hot summer day is high enough to kill them. Washing is also effective, but I wouldn't be practical to wash all my yarn and unspun fibers.
 
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