A Textile Lover’s Fruit Bowl

I noticed my fruit bowl today and thought not many people have balls of yarn mixed with their apples and oranges. The balls of yarn were there waiting to go into my freezer. The reason: To stop moths from multiplying and eating holes in my wool things. To prevent that: do the following: Put the wool item in the freezer for two days. Take it out for two days. Put it back into the freezer for two more days. The time out allows any eggs to hatch and the freezer zaps them with the second incarceration. This is serious advice used by serious textile people. When they bring home something, it goes straight into the freezer.

I noticed a moth flying around when I was at the computer the other day. I ordered moth traps immediately. I set one up near some other wool yarn that I was suspicious of.

I looked tonight and saw I’d caught one. It’s the larvae that do the harm but flying moths make eggs which make larvae and then turn into more moths. Catching the moths stops the cycle.

I have had this moth trap hanging over my closet for a long time and I can see it’s doing its job. What this means is that I haven’t been religious about the freezer treatment. I discovered a couple of wool garments from trips that had a hole or two –or worse—larvae casings! Then they went to the freezer for sure.

5 thoughts on “A Textile Lover’s Fruit Bowl”

    • No, I didn’t know that. Wonder why I’ve only heard about freezing. I wonder if heat can be hard on some fibers perhaps? thanks for the info.

  1. The traps are only indicators in that they attract only male moths. The traps may help reduce the population but you’ve still got all those females running around and it takes only one male.

    I had a ton of clothes moths in the house; they started from the dog hair under the dish cabinet and spread out around the house. I vacuumed all the wool rugs, both sides each week for a year, vacuumed everywhere else (threw out the vacuum cleaner bag after each vacuuming), sealed all the woolens in plastic bags, and double-bagged my fleeces with the thickest plastic bags I could find. It took 2 years of constant work, but I did it. During the summer I still place the indicators in various areas of the house to find early problems. After several moth-free years I got stupid and brought in a fleece with 12″ locks that I didn’t quarantine and got moths again last year. Sigh…

    Read this: https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/blog/how-to-get-rid-of-clothes-moths/

  2. Great advice, but I would add, date the traps and buy new ones every six months. Also, these are pheromone traps, and when buying, look for clothes traps, not food moth traps. Big hugs and thanks for keeping life interesting for your community.


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