Thank you so much Sandra Jones for the Canadian reference! While the small tan moths fluttering around the room might be the most visible sign of trouble, adult moths aren’t actually responsible for eating your delicious, delicious fabrics and fibers. Do you wear the hat, scarf, sweater, etc or sample the skein and simply put it back in the plastic bag/bin? Will wiping the inside of the closet (walls, shelves) with straight vinegar be enough? I have also had an infestation this winter in a heavy plastic snap lid box!! We are crafters and sewers. We recommend using lavender essential oils; however, any floral scented oil works, as well as a eucalyptus spider repellent if you have one handy. Thanks for all the fantastic advice re de-mothing. Thoroughly vacuum out any shelves, closets, floors, or surfaces where the fabric will be stored, then wipe everything down with white vinegar before returning the cleaned fabric to the area. A couple were on cardboard bolts, though, and I discovered a couple suspicious holes. Great idea! Start by identifying if you actually have clothes moths. So it seemed I was at the start of a cycle (or, rather, an end of a cycle for the moths, but the start of a cycle when I notice them). Hang tight everyone! Anyone I found that had Trichomites in BC were using too large a number for organic crops. We discovered much the same, but, luckily, our problem items were all just cat toys. I have WAY TOO MUCH needlepoint yarn. Traulsen’s story is a textbook example of why the mere sight of a slow-flapping, winged insect is enough to induce panic among the sartorially inclined. I’m too nervous using the microwave or oven, but what about full sun in plastic? Both are about only 1 cm long, and yellow or grayish in color. However, there's no need to use harmful disinfectants and chemicals to get rid of clothes moths. Most of it seems fine, but I want to ensure that it’s fine and stays that way. Why white vinegar? Toss and seal the damaged items in a plastic bag and keep it outside the house until trash day. The plus side is that the problem gets handled by experts and requires no further work on your end. The most important step is looking for the evidence so you can isolate the items and clean the area. I’ve been at a real loss to know what to do, and your article is very helpful. I have three fears: this approach wouldn’t kill the larva (although they would be nice & clean), the constant load of ice & water might crack the tub, my fingers would become hand-dyed while my fingernails froze off. Please note that the links to supplies and tools that are provided below are affiliate links, and I will be compensated if you choose to make a purchase after clicking through. Because of Covid19 I have had so much time on my hands, so in March I started a major project of washing all my clothes (in 60C if possible) and packing them in vacuum bags. Additionally, their grain-of-sand-sized eggs can easily be sucked up by a vacuum, whereas moth eggs are smaller and covered in an adhesive layer. As a group, clothing moths move away from light, suggesting dark closets are more appealing. Without male moths, the population will crash, and the females will eventually die without reproducing other moths. (Be careful if you use the oven–it’s dangerous, and definitely not the best choice.). I think the webbing moths cause more economical damage to clothes; perhaps the reason I have no holes in mine (yet!). Allow them to return to room temperature, then repeat the process. No spam! I have 2 full wardrobe size cupboards full of alpaca, one fleece ginger, another jet black. Although they are hard to find, Sterilite produce a storage container with both a gasket and four clips to hold the lid down. (Also, I’m not an expert on fire safety, so you should contact someone who is if you have questions or concerns.). If I put an infected item or skein of yarn in a ziploc bag, will that alone kill the moths or larvae? This problem deters me from wearing my woolens as freely as before when they were stored openly. This is the unvarnished truth about what to do when a clothes moth infestation is definitely already happening, and now you have to fix it. Walk around the outer and inner perimeters of your home and fill small cracks and crevices with caulk. I called my Cooperative Extension who said that biological controls are not without potential hazards. She's a knitter, sewer, maker, cross-stitcher, lover of cats, purveyor of quirk, an author of cross-stitch books, and avid swearing enthusiast! For anyone who wants to replicate it in Canada, Second, they might not be strong enough to kill the bigger moths. Find areas around door jambs and baseboards that may also be allowing the critters inside. This has been the best information! It's ~ 0° F and I'm wondering about putting my better wools outside until I can do more but we'll have those below freezing temperatures only two days, then days above freezing, nights below. But, alas.). When I bought the new house, I froze everything in our chest freezer before taking it out of the double plastic bags. I live and work out of my Brooklyn apartment, and I have two very curious cats, so I did not use unnecessary pesticides or chemicals. Freezing can also work, but only if the change from warm to freezing is abrupt (70 °F to 0 °F), noted Dombroskie, and you must leave the clothes in the freezer for at least 72 hours once they reach freezing temperatures. (Read: The caterpillar that hatches from the moth egg, which will, eventually, turn into that fluttering moth.) I saw a couple of larvae (ugh) and have trapped one adult so I know they still lurk somewhere. Its good to know we did many things correctly- isolation of the problem and treating my stash in the freezer, and the fabrics in the washer/dryer, but I have learned some new strategies- vinegar, the sun, and treating yarn in the oven. They hunt them down and kill them. This is neither a joke nor a lecture. Hang the papers in and around the problem area to start catching and killing adult moths, whether you have closet moths or are making a DIY pantry moth trap. Bay leaves are used in cooking but also have a pungent smell that moths hate and that will keep silverfish away, too. If the clothing is extremely damaged, it may be impossible to repair. I just want to add that they can live in soft toys too and that you can wash those toys in the washing machine whatever the tag says. We have caught nothing in traps in the past 6-8 weeks since we’ve started this. Continue to vacuum thoroughly at least once a week until no signs of moths remain. Sturdy construction and better materials give this versatile bin an edge over the competition. It wasn’t until a month later, when he found a hole-riddled cashmere sweater, that he realized, “the moth had hit the cloth,” as it were. So glad I could help! Regardless of how much you loved it, it’s safer and more satisfying to prevent the infestation instead. And you compiled it into a fabulous source. I just contacted Planet Natural and they only ship domestically. (Cedar oil in cedar chests or boxes kills moth larvae that comes into contact with it, protecting the items inside. I cleaned all the corners, sprayed the corners, packed woollen and silks in vacuum bags (do this first thing guys!). “I had trouble sleeping for a couple days because I kept thinking I saw or felt moths on me.”. Allow for plenty of drying time before you need to sleep on it again. What a lot of work!! Line your drawers with anti-moth paper and employ cedarwood sticks. Spray Vinegar. Hello. I’m a self employed crocheter and work from home so you can imagine the size of my stash! Anyone try those, good or bad? Unless you’ve got a ton of silk or wool mixed in with your cottons and linens, chances are pretty good that your fabric is faring much better than your fiber. Moths think pet hair is delicious. I haven’t seen a flying adult in over a week now. Carolyn Klass & Prof. Edgar M. Raffensperger, Indian Meal Moth factsheet (PDF), Cornell Insect Diagnostic Laboratory, 1973, updated 2012. Dip a sponge scrubber into the solution and scrub the walls to scratch off all the eggs. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! I am hoping they were a few strays that escaped the heat because I have any seen any for a few days now–but am too paranoid to relax. BTW, Planet Natural is unfortunately currently out of business. Press the space key then arrow keys to make a selection. I put the yarn in the freezer on the theory I was at least slowing down and trapping the %#¥*! If you find yourself in a similar situation, hire a pest control operator, which he ultimately did. 2 weeks ago I put a new batch of pheromone traps, just to see if they’d catch any. I had read an article written by a museum fabric conservationist, about microwaving fabric to rid it of moths. It’s warm enough for them to really get going, so I think it’s been really good. Yes, the eggs are visible.