I pulled three woolen cardigans out of my wardrobe yesterday before I found one that did *not* have holes in it!
Jeez – I have moths! According to my local (over) friendly hardware man they could be Casemaking clothes moths (Tinea pellionella), Webbing clothes moths (Tineola bisselliella) or Carpet Beetles (Anthrenus verbasci) .
Whichever they are they took up nearly my whole day today!
I have a small built-in wardrobe and what doesn’t fit on hangars on the rails I fold and put on the carpeted floor in piles. Today I took everything out – and was incredibly surprised at how much was in there!
Once everything was out I vacuumed the floor and wiped down the walls and rails and then sprayed an entire tin of bug spray in there (Overkill? You bet!) and then shut the door on the fumes while I dealt with the clothes.
I started 3 piles: Keep; Charity; Throw Away.
I then spent hours washing and drying my Keep stuff before putting it back in the wardrobe which now also has some mothballs hanging in a net bag in the corner! What couldn’t go in the dryer is draped over the clothes horse or hanging on hangars all around the house.
The Charity stuff I inspected really closely for holes, moths and larvae before putting in bags – I’ll think about washing them before giving them away.
The Throw away stuff is outside in the freezing cold (which coincidentally kills moths and larvae – one suggestion for treating clothes was to put them in the freezer!!) – the bins go out in the alley tomorrow night.
I’ve read that lavender and rosemary might keep clothes moths away – between them and the moth balls I sure will smell like a little old lady on the metro!
At least it wasn’t bed bugs!