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Is it my imagination or are moths particularly numerous this year? I have all the anti-moth substances I can find (except moth balls, which give me migraines,) lavender hanging up etc. Does anyone have a foolproof suggestion? (And yes, I know it's the grubs that cause the damage, but you don't see them!)


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hmm, I was just thinking I seem to have far less than usual, maybe they have gone to your place?

I'm contantly vigilant but I do usually find a moth or grub a month when riffling through the wool stash, little horrors :evil:

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I protect both my woollens and my arrow fletchings with moth bags which include dried southernwood, lavender, thyme and fleabane. Touch wood, after seven years there has been no moth damage to feathers or cloth, so the mixture seems to work.
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I do find southernwood and lavender helpful, but nothing herbal is a complete success in a roomfull of fabric and yarn so far

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I have more wool and silk fabric than I should have, plus feathers, although I binned the furs. Nothing is a permanent solution. I am reliably informed that major costume houses de-infest regularly, and still have problems because of the proximity of the costumes - that is one of my problems, too, although not on such a grand scale!

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On a rota system, put garments in to poly bags and deep freeze them. Kills the vermin without chemicals.
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Slightly difficult when you have two rooms full plus overspill - and that's just the costume business, not our personal clothes! That's why I was hoping for a different solution.

But thanks for the suggestion anyway.

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Cheryl


Just furtrhering teh idea from m, what about having a chest freezer in a garage and put the stuff that rotates in from your costume busines through the deep freeze and stuff in stock so that you eventually start a cycle through all of your stock?

Just a thought

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Small problem - not Cheryl! Oh, and by the way, no garage. I don't think Southwark Council would take kindly to me parking a chest freezer in the street - cost me £75.00 per annum in parking permits for a start!!
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Post by ViscontesseD'Asbeau »

Been working with fibres for nearly 30 years and have never lost a single thing to moths. I don't bother doing anything, either, to be honest. That's not much use is it? :D I dunno what I'm doing right - I break all the rules too. Often store raw wool and silk in polythene, you name it. Maybe lucky.

That said, I just seen those JML (I know) vacuum bags advertised - am guessing they're in Woolworths? - 2 big see through bags for around £10 I think and you use your hoover to suck the air out. I doubt anything could get into one of those? Might be worth a try for your more valuable stuff but I do wonder if it isn't exaggerated as a problem, a bit as I say in nearly 30 years, not lost an ounce of wool, silk or anything else to any critter. Lost plenty to rampaging cats and kids. Or maybe we just have better hygiene these days or something that makes houses less of a nice habitat for them?

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Shadowcat wrote:Slightly difficult when you have two rooms full plus overspill - and that's just the costume business, not our personal clothes! That's why I was hoping for a different solution.

But thanks for the suggestion anyway.

S.
I can see that as a problem - unless you can get access to a walk in freezer and do it a vanful at a time (which, I think, is how people like the National Trust demoth their carpets and curtains)
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Maybe I could............if I had their budget :lol:

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OK I am a dumbass, wrong person sorry and yes parking afreeze would be aproblem :D.

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Skevmeister wrote:OK I am a dumbass, wrong person sorry and yes parking afreeze would be aproblem :D.

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You don't know our traffic warders - er I mean wardens! :evil:

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I live not far from Shadowcat and round our part of the world they would clamp your wheelie bin if they thought they could get away with it.

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Try Asda for the vacuum bags. They do a large one for £3. I managed to get a double and two single duvets into one. Shrunk it down to the size of - I can't think of a description, but needless say it took up less space!

I keep my wool in large plastic containers with lids, with a mixture of lavendar, cedar wood and moth balls (don't suffer the migraine problem!).

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You can order commerially made herbal moth deterrent bags from independent dry cleaning shops. The name begins with a C, but I cannot go on the hunt as the bunny-rabbit is sitting on my lap at the moment.

I had a sample couple. No moths in the wool - but a huge outbreak in the furs - which went off to be recycled by some Vikings who I don't think realised what they had taken on.

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If you mean "Colibri" I have that all over the house - also stuff in sweetie wrappers, beginning with a B. Fortunately they both smell reasonable and don't give me migraines.

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Oh dear, since you asked the question I have to assume that you have found that Colibri is not 100% effective too.

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That's right - nothing is 100% I'm afraid - Colibri is the best so far though.

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i find random mummified moths in my kit [and my civvies too] all the time but somehow none of it is eaten... i made some "authentic" mothballs last year - lavender oil, rosemary, thyme and cloves knotted up in muslin. when i get some serious cash i will be getting a cedar chest.

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Try equal weights of Lavender, Rue, Rose Petals and Cedar Shavings with a 1/2 weight of Orris Root to fix. Put into medium to loose weight small linen bags and distribute among kit and fabric stash.

If you can't get Cedar Shavings (I got mine from Pete the Pong though best to order in advance if you want quantity) then try adding a veryen't generous quantity of cedar oil.

So far so good I haven't had any moth though I would add that the only place I have to store my kit and fabric a really rather warm - I know this isn't ideal but beggars can't be choosers.

The other important thing with a fabric stash is to check it over at least twice a year.

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If someone would care to make up a few authenti-bags of anti-moth stuff I would be happy to buy some from you. At areasonable cost, of course. So who is going to get my well-earned cash then?

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You can sometimes find cedar shavings at pet supply shops... they sell it for hamster and gerbil cages. I have several bags stuffed with it and hung from the railing in the cupboard where much of my kit is stored. It seems to do a good job and smells lovely.

Mice are much more our problem. They can wreak havoc in all the stuff stored in the van. (Including the van seats and rubber hoses under the bonnet.) Bl**dy cat! I knew we fed her too much! :evil:

BTW, what is 'southernwood'? Whe you first mentioned it, I assumed you meant cedar wood, but now I'm not sure... :?

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At our local store you can get cedar balls to stuff into clothes...I hadn't thought of lavender! I do make sure to air everything out on the line (benefits of living on a windy hillside with no neighbors) before putting it away, and it seems to be working. Did throw out all the old furs though. they were DISGUSTING!
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I was having a rootle around the boxes of thingys in the loft last night and disturbed some wildlife. I found a queen wasp. I managed to flap it down the stairs to the room below, and then got distracted by clothing - a very happy thing to be filling my mind, in my opinion. Anyway, this morning, there was the wasp lurking on the floor, so I got the glass jar I keep ready for spiders, and captured the beastie. Right now she is in the jar, in the dark under a bookcase. So now what do I do with her?

Do I starve her to death, let her go somewhere away from the house or what?

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Slip a piece of *paper under the jar then take her quickly to the door/window and boot her out! :D


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Auld Ma Begg,

Southernwood is a herb of the Artemisia species ( A. abrotanum), related to Wormwood (that's chernobyl in Russian!), mugwort and several others. I grow it in my monastic herb garden, it has a wonderful lemony smell but is apparently hated by most insects including flies, beetles and moths.

It's a hardy perennial, reaching 20 to 30 inches each season but dying back to its crown every autumn. Infused as a tea, the leaves make a reasonable tonic. Photo at:
http://www.morningsunherbfarm.com/image ... rnwood.JPG
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Thank you, Brother Ranulf!

PS. Your garden looks lovely!

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