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12 years 8 months ago #27679 by ronnie
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Seems the moths have had a high old time over summr feasting on our woolly jumpers. Both alpaca and possum jerseys have several holes in them as well as the hand knitted woollen ones.

Is there anything other than those horrid, smelly old moth balls I can use to deter the beggars?? I hate the smell of them, yet cannot afford to replace the entire winter wardrobe each year due to moth holes.

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12 years 8 months ago #380402 by spoook
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This may help. Or maybe something amongst these will be the answer.

I have an alpaca jumper with a hole right on the chest from these little beggers.

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12 years 8 months ago #380405 by Ruth
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My neighbour brought over a plant which probably belongs to the mint family, which was supposed to repel moths. It died, so I wasn't able to test its efficacy.

I have used Napthalene at various times but am having horrors about going through some clothing and wool bags where I didn't use it, because I suspect I'm going to find really disappointing damage.

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12 years 8 months ago #380414 by Organix
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If you have a moth ball in each hand what does that mean? It's a very large moth :D :D :D

But seriously mothballs may be a thing of the past if the 'experts' get their way [xx(]

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12 years 8 months ago #380422 by DiDi
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You could buy yourself a camphorwood box and store in there but if you don't like their smell too, perhaps get some cedar timber and make up hanging blocks. Can't guarantee as I haven't done it but believe it works.

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12 years 8 months ago #380434 by Kiwi303
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You could pack them in the vac sealed ziplock bags advertised, then once deflated and N2-O2 mixed air is gone, fill them with CO2 from a gas cartridge, I've seen inflaters using a CO2 pistol cartridge in adverts from the states... Moths won't like being in a pure CO2 environment...

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12 years 8 months ago #380441 by DiDi
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Bearing in mind that it is not the moths that are eating your jumpers but the hatching lavae that were laid earlier. Correct me if I am wrong but that is my understanding.

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12 years 8 months ago #380454 by stephclark
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DiDi;373558 wrote: Bearing in mind that it is not the moths that are eating your jumpers but the hatching lavae that were laid earlier. Correct me if I am wrong but that is my understanding.


i may be wrong as well.. but yes i thought it was the hatchlings.. and i understood it was not the wool fibre they were after, but any food or skin flakes left on the fibre..
i always wash mine before winter storage ( well thats the plan anyway )...

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12 years 8 months ago #380481 by blimeyvicki
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This is a recipe from Wendyl Nissens Green Goddess website. She has tested and published loads of herbal kind of recipes and lots of cleaners as well. I have used quite a lot of these recipes and they have been really good so far. Apparently (as per her website) naphthalene has just been declared a registered carcinogin in USA. I haven't tried this one so I cannot personally vouch for it.

50 g dried rosemary
50g dried mint
25 g dried thyme
25 g ginseng (available at health stores as herbal tea)
200 g whole cloves
Mix together and put into squares of muslin, old hankies or serviettes then tie at the top with a ribbon. This should make about four good sized sachets.

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12 years 8 months ago #380485 by digby
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I have put mothballs in my letterbox to keep the spiders and roaches away!
It works :)

Bye
Digby [:)]

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12 years 8 months ago #380486 by Lindeggs
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Apparently any of those strong-smelling volatile oils are meant to repel moths and larvae so fragrant herbs like lavender, thyme, pennyroyal and rosemary are all meant to be good. Also wood oils like cedar, pine, etc.

I'm growing wormwood and tansy in the garden because both are supposed to be insect repellents. Apparently chickens will nibble at them and the oils are supposed to keep internal parasites at bay too. I have no evidence of any of this! (If all else fails I'll just make a batch of absinthe to keep my mind off it all...)

Needless to say, don't put any of these things directly on your stored clothes, as those same volatile oils will leach out and stain the fabric.



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12 years 8 months ago #380488 by stephclark
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(If all else fails I'll just make a batch of absinthe to keep my mind off it all...)

:D :D .. cheers! :D

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