moths really do eat clothes

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i mean, i know that and i know that you know that too. but part of me never really believed it until i saw one of the buggers fly out of a box where i store older/rarely used clothing. i killed that moth but then i saw one flying round a light later and it was that same kind of moth. i've identified it online and they were definitely both clothes moths.

i haven't found any holes yet but what's the next step? moth balls exist in the same realm as the moths themselves; i only ever half believed they existed. i'm told they smell really bad. are there new fangled alternatives, like those plug in things that kill mosqitos, or is it mothballs for me?

where do you buy mothballs anyway?

jed_, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 10:11 (twelve years ago) link

The old-fashioned stinky mothballs have been superseded by odourless ones that come in a plastic casing (usually with a hook for hanging on a rail). But they are hard to find. Boots used to do them, but no more. I *think* I saw them for sale in Johnson's the dry cleaners (the branch on Sauchiehall St). Otherwise, the internet, I guess.

Alba, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 10:31 (twelve years ago) link

(I had a suit that I just got to in time - tiny little holes that would have joined up over time I guess. Got it invisible mended and resolved never to leave woollen clothes out, or in cupboards with open doors. I resolution I seem to have got slack about)

Alba, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 10:33 (twelve years ago) link

all of my clothes are on a sort of open wardrobe system! like this:

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/main/archives/2005_1_24_stolmen.jpg

as you can see, the drawers even have big holes in the front instead of handles.

jed_, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 10:41 (twelve years ago) link

I lost a good woollen jumper to the moth evil - covered in tiny chewed holes, dammit.

Trayce, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 10:41 (twelve years ago) link

same here.

ken c, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 10:42 (twelve years ago) link

I've lost a few good wool things and a cashmere jumper to the moth menace. Lavender and tea tree oil are supposed to work if you want to stay natural - but I favoured a half-day search and destroy mission, going down seams to find eggs, stamping on anything that flew. It worked-ish, but it was great for sating feelings of revenge.

Anna, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 11:02 (twelve years ago) link

Kate Moth.

(punchline to a joek I haven't finished yet)

Mark G, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 11:04 (twelve years ago) link

Who goes out with indie pop stars and eats their clothes.

There you go.

Mark G, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 11:05 (twelve years ago) link

"What flies out of a cupboard at 200 miles an hour?"
"Stirling Moth"

Tom D., Tuesday, 27 May 2008 11:05 (twelve years ago) link

^ Noah told that joke on the Ark

Tom D., Tuesday, 27 May 2008 11:06 (twelve years ago) link

how would you find the eggs? i would assume they'd be miniscule. i like the smell of tea tree but i'm not too interested in going natural, i'd rather go medieval.

search for "moth" on boots website brought up one result: a 20 Minute Tiger Moth Flying Lesson for £159.00.

jed_, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 11:07 (twelve years ago) link

xposts

jed_, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 11:07 (twelve years ago) link

there were racing cars on the ark?

Mark G, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 11:08 (twelve years ago) link

I still do not believe that moths eat clothes. I mean, come on, who would want to eat clothes?

The Real Dirty Vicar, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 11:09 (twelve years ago) link

My house is full of moths - and no holes in my clothes, even though I leave piles of unwashed clothes lying around everywhere.

The Real Dirty Vicar, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 11:10 (twelve years ago) link

http://www.choiceful.com/prod_image/75411_x.jpg

braveclub, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 11:11 (twelve years ago) link

They eat clothes... and carpets

Tom D., Tuesday, 27 May 2008 11:11 (twelve years ago) link

spray loads of it everywhere and then go out for a while xpost

braveclub, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 11:12 (twelve years ago) link

That spray turns insects into trolls!

Mark G, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 11:15 (twelve years ago) link

The old-fashioned stinky mothballs have been superseded by odourless ones

Will someone please tell my parents this? Last month they gave me several old boxes of Choose Your Own Adventure books that reek of camphor.

Autumn Almanac, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 11:16 (twelve years ago) link

Alba, apparently you can get moth killing stuff in Crockets.

jed_, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 11:33 (twelve years ago) link

Mothballs are very toxic - I think they're made of naphthalene. We have the moss menace and have lost some good sweaters. Some people store their woolens in cedar chests or put cedar blocks in their drawers cuz moths apparently don't like that smell.

I think moths are out to get us. They eat the clothes that keep us warm in the winter and the leaves that keep us cool in the summer.

Maria :D, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 12:15 (twelve years ago) link

Plus they fly into my head and make me shit myself.

Autumn Almanac, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 12:16 (twelve years ago) link

Seriously moths are just completely pointless flying balls of dust. Bugger off forever.

Autumn Almanac, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 12:17 (twelve years ago) link

You can get'em at the pharmacy and even at big supermarkets.

all of my clothes are on a sort of open wardrobe system! like this:

This has "eat me" written all over it. In a very non sexy kinda way.

stevienixed, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 12:28 (twelve years ago) link

There was one flying around me when I was having a shower this morning. Did it want to eat me?

The Real Dirty Vicar, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 12:28 (twelve years ago) link

It probably just wanted to bash into your head.

Autumn Almanac, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 12:30 (twelve years ago) link

xpost no, didn't you see it giggling?

stevienixed, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 12:32 (twelve years ago) link

This has "eat me" written all over it. In a very non sexy kinda way.

i know :(

jed_, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 12:36 (twelve years ago) link

Have you got pantry moths as well? I chucked away all the food in their fsvourite cupboard and now the pantry moths are all over the house instead of just in the kitchen. It'll be larva time in a few weeks and that's a LOT more unpleasant than the flying balls of dust. I kill about half a dozen moths a day, I reckon.

Mark C, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 13:15 (twelve years ago) link

It sounds like you made a big mistake by angering the pantry moths.

The Real Dirty Vicar, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 13:29 (twelve years ago) link

wtf, i read mark's post, thought "i don't have that, thank god" then i went to get tea bags from the cupboard and a moth fluttered out!

jed_, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 13:33 (twelve years ago) link

Tea Moths

Tom D., Tuesday, 27 May 2008 13:34 (twelve years ago) link

are the pantry moths a different species to the clothes eating ones then? we found an infestation in our vacuum cleaner bag in the kitchen cupboard - now i'm a bit worried about whether i should start throwing food out, just in case...

braveclub, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 14:54 (twelve years ago) link

Moth paranoia really does take hold fast doesn't it?

Anna, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 15:24 (twelve years ago) link

I've got Buffalo Springfield stuck in my head now:
Moth paranoia strikes deep/ Into your clothes they will creep.

Anna, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 15:45 (twelve years ago) link

http://johndoe2012.unblog.fr/files/2008/04/mothman2.jpg

Alba, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 15:52 (twelve years ago) link

Moths, I hate you. Last week a friend dropped by and a moth launched itself off his jumper having got on at his flat minutes before. I had to KILL KILL DIE the thing before I could do anything else.

In my last flat I regularly lost wool clothes to moths: a matching jacket and skirt purchased in two separate countries, a couple of cashmere sweaters, LOTS of ordinary jumpers. That's not counting the woolens I've successfully darned because nothing compels me to get rid of heirloom pieces. So here's my anal guide to clothes preservation:

1. Ziploc bags. Average jumper fits in 2L bag; remove all air and zip that fucker in because moths can't get inside. Also makes my 30+ jumpers easier to jam into one drawer.
2. Moths hate dry cleaning fluid, so clean woolens regularly. If you spill food on woolens or silks and leave it to set in, you are basically yelling DINNERTIME to the mothiverse. Take advantage of bulk clean (where they don't press) and don't let your cleaner put it in a 'dirty' vat of solution. Take stuff to the cleaners once a month.
3. In an ideal world we'd all have cedar closets. Moths hate anything cedar, especially those balls you can get to put in drawers and cedarwood clothes hangers (they are at John Lewis). I'm getting a cedar plank for a shelf and letting it emanate moth-b-gone throughout the closet it's going to live in.
4. If you suspect moths, you need to take all your clothes out of closets and dressers etc and check. The lavender oil or spray with same should be applied to the inside of all wardrobes, closet walls and drawers (that and/or tea tree) before you put anything back in the closet or dresser. Get seams and joins with a Q-tip dipped in lavender oil.
5. I said this was anal...

suzy, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 16:03 (twelve years ago) link

seven months pass...

r.i.p. suit i bought in 1991 ;_;

velko, Thursday, 15 January 2009 00:34 (eleven years ago) link

eight years pass...

A woolen jumper had fallen off its hanger and onto the floor of a wardrobe, where it seems to have been munched by clothes moths.

Have spent far too much of this week running things through the washing machine and cleaning and blasting (with a borrowed steam cleaner).

Have gone for the "hardcore" approach (ie. horrible anti-moth chemicals including some moth papers that made my fingers numb) and might follow this with something gentler as a preventative (ie. something aromatherapy-ish).

djh, Thursday, 26 October 2017 21:22 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

been seeing this weird shit in my bathroom. thought mistakenly it was like, a dying silverfish or something.

it's fucking casemaking clothes moth larvae.

ew ew ew ew ew ew fucking ew how do I get rid

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 05:06 (one week ago) link


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