Friday, 3 May 2019

Of clothes moths


This is (was) my son’s coat. I have posted before about clothes moths, and their greedy habit of taking a bite from each garment and never making, as it were, a clean plate by finishing anything off. Well, these are doing their best with this coat, (which has now been binned). The moths have also taken bites out of most of his wardrobe, and he is despairing as to what to do. He says he’s tried everything.

I feel great sympathy for him, but can’t help being fascinated, as our clothes moths conduct their business when we aren’t looking. I have never seen their larvae; only the holes they leave behind.

That’s all.

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  1. The larvea or the eggs look like a cluster of white sticky stuff in a web. Just brush them off into the sink and turn the tap on. If that fails get polyester clothes. They do lay on them but with no ill effects. I think the plastic blunts their teeth. I think I heard that from Greta Thunderbird.
    I suspect a washing machine would help. He is probably like me and just hangs worn garments outside in the elements for a day warms them up and wears them again. How green is that? No electric and no polluting detergents. Everyone should be forced to act likewise.

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    1. Adrian, he has a very tidy wife so I doubt that’s true. He reckons they have destroyed most of his clothes. But thank you for the moth-life lesson!

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  2. You could install a mothcam.

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  3. I used to see moth damage on clothes, but haven't done for a long time. I don't think they like living in modern houses.

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    1. I get the odd one, Patsy. But as I said, I never actually catch them at it.

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  4. Here we use cedar shavings or blocks or chests or entire closets. Back in the day we used a handful of moth balls, but they were so awful smelling you'd rather have holes in your clothes.

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    1. Alas too,late for my son, Jill! But I’ll pass it on.

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  5. That looks awful, Frances, but I'm about to show the photo to my husband. I don't think he believes me about the damage moths can do and he keeps leaving his wardrobe door open (though I haven't see an damage yet)! Thankfully, my clothes are in a different space.

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    1. Rosemary, I suspect the moths will find a way in whether the door is open or not!

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  6. I would probably only worry about clothes I don't wear very often like my Crombie (now 50 years old from George Henry Lee's in Liverpool - a John Lewis Partnership shop back in the day) or my old business suit both of which are now only worn for funerals. My kilt would be a prime target too. However I've never had any moth problems at all. I do have some cedar in the wardrobes and some odourless moth repellant so I assume they work.

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    1. Graham, I’m never at all sure how the moths find their way into cupboards drawers etc in the first place. Adrian would know...

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  7. The same thing has happened to my clothes a few holes here and there in several garments but my husband's favourite jacket took a severe biting and I too had to throw it away. We are having a refit to our bedroom soon and I'm hoping that a new wardrobe will solve the problem. Expensive way to get rid of them but fingers crossed!

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    1. Moth repellants do work, Wannabe, but I always forget to renew them.

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  10. Are you ever coming back? I miss your posts. Every morning I check to see if there is a new one and am disappointed. Hope you are all right and just busy with your "real" writing.

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  11. I too hope that you are OK ? Like Jill I miss your posts and have had to revert to just checking every so often !! (I am fed up with seeing that holey grey jacket )

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