Saturday, October 6, 2007

Declaring War

Oh heck. Or words to that effect. I found 2 moth holes today in some knitted clothes - one hand knit waistcoat of mine and one bought jumper of husband's. I am in shock. What on earth am I to do? This little lot of death-sentences has cost me over £20 - a mere drop in the ocean compared to the contents of the Stash Basket. Does anybody know of any other cures or ways to murder said little moths? Vera is quaking in her shoes - well she would be if she had shoes - and Tipsy is getting worried.

Not half as worried as me though.

Send advice soon. I need help. And the man in the shop asked if the little blighters had started on the carpets as he had a lot of customers lately who were complaining of holes in the carpets. Yikes. We're being eaten alive.



Lucy Locket said...

Hi Moth-eaten Michaela! We have the same problem here. Fortunately, although I see (and squish) lots of moths, I don't have much evidence of damage by them. Let me know how the solutions go - I haven't tried anything yet - other than squishing!
Good luck. Lucy x

paper-and-string said...

someone told me that it's not the moth but the caterpillar BEFORE it's a moth so don't squish the actual moths!!
fingers crossed they stop eating all your goodies ... maybe you need to send Vera on a holiday??? maybe to my house???
sarah xxx

Jane said...

Moths! ugh they give me the shivers. If any dare to come into our house, they don't leave alive. When i was a child we stayed in an old house for our summer holiday, some friends came to stay overnight so i went to the airing cupboard to get out some blankets for them. When i pulled the blanket out a cloud of moths came to0, my mum says i ran screaming into my bed and hid under the sheet. (i don't remember this but i know i can't stand to be in the same room as a moth. I have read that wooden Cedar balls or lavender sachets are good for drawers and cupboards.
A seller on Ebay has some Cedar Balls.

Monkee Maker said...

Why Lucy Locket I'm shocked at you! Squishing poor innocent little moths! Yeah, sure, squish those irritating little mozzie things but not moths!

Anyway, Michaela, I hope you'll find a solution to your problem soon (one that doesn't involve moth MURDER!!)

picperfic said...

not wanting to scare you M but I lost a load of Rowan yarn to these nasty bugg@rs!

hope you sort out the problem, it's horrid! They actually ate through cones of yarn which I just dumped! Made me very sad....if you see the little tiny catapillar type things on your walls then you know you've got problems...

Arianne said...

I put a strip of that moth killing paper in each of my stash boxes. I taped up all the holes in the plastic bins I use to store the yarn in, and I kept the yarn in individual plastic ziploc bags.

I also kept perfumed soap, lavendar sachets, and cedar balls everywhere. We had a regular infestation but it must've worked because I haven't found a moth hole yet and they've been gone for several months. *touch wood*

Squishing moths is important though, because they lay the eggs that turn into the catepillars that eat wool.

If you find silky cocoon casings or worms in any yarn throw it out. Don't try to save it. It'll likely infest the other yarn. (I haven't had this problem, but a friend swears it's the case.) A lot of people recommend freezing items with moth larvae/eggs in them. I read that this doesn't work though, unless the freezer is a special one that goes super cold they'll just hibernate and then come back alive when you take them out.

Dry cleaning will kill them though...apparently.

minxxy said...

Who do we make the cheques out to for Olivers Blanket?

Rosie said...

The new edition of Easy Living mag (November) has a great article on moths, complete with photo id of the clothes moth (so you can make sure that if you feel the urge to squish you are squishing with accuracy) and gives details of how Rentokill will cure your home of moth infestation.