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So, this tiny silvery beigey moth came fluttering out of my wardrobe...

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11th Jun 2008, 22:33  

beth says:

it'lll be that dress you stole from mum..

11th Jun 2008, 22:57

Helen says:

Nah, 60s and 70s stuff is all synthetic... moths like wool and silk.

They're fluttering about all over the house. I think they probably have always lived here and June is the time they come out.

11th Jun 2008, 23:00

Viv says:

lavenders blue dilly dilly!

12th Jun 2008, 00:20

hildegard says:

The ones you want to worry about are the ones that don't fly out. They're the females & they tend to scurry & flutter in a feeble sort of a way. A good crevice tool into any nooks & crannies & you should break their horrid, pulpy breeding cycle...

12th Jun 2008, 01:14

Geodyne says:

Is that why I have trouble from time to time?

I never had a problem with clothes moths until I moved to the UK.

12th Jun 2008, 09:14

Helen says:

I've never had problems with them before. I rang mum for advice (because they're an old fashioned thing), but she's not experienced them either.

I hoovered and polished the wardrobe. If they're in a nook or cranny outside the wardrobe, I'm not sure where to start.

I have ordered a lot of lavender.

12th Jun 2008, 10:49

lilitiger says:

Shake the clothes well before putting them back. The things you need to worry about are the ones you store. You can get all sorts of modern nasty products for moths, some don't smell. But essential oils are so much nicer! My mum stores her soap in her wardrobe, for scent, but perhaps it acts as a mild repellent.

13th Jun 2008, 11:42

Dhamaka says:

I use very strong smells - like lilitiger essential oils - but won't use the modern nasty stuff. I also store everything in plastic in the hope that it helps. They've taken bits out of some of my favourite clothes but the trouble is this is a 200+ year-old house and they have more tenure than me

good luck

13th Jun 2008, 12:02

Helen says:

Heh, my wardrobe and drawers are going to stink. Looking at the house and the dust and the crevices, I think it's going to be an ongoing battle.

13th Jun 2008, 13:57

hildegard says:

Cedar is effective against clothes beetle but less so against moth.

Regular vaccuuming of upholstery, pelmets (if such things pertain), backs of rugs, nooks & crannies, the full Nora Batty schtick is the most effective way to deal with them. No chemicals & you get rid of females, eggs &, should you find them, the vile sweater-grazers themselves.

Nana had a thing about Moth. Childhood carries wafts of Ralgex & mothball. It's not Proust, but it's mine. ;)

13th Jun 2008, 15:59