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    Moths - how to get rid of them?

    I just found a moth hole in my favourite winter jumper.

    What is the most effective way to wage war on the loathsome Lepidoptera?

    Has anyone tried moth bombs?

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    I’m not sure about the most effective, but for a traditional, tried and true method that avoids chemicals on your clothing, just use cedar hangers and cedar balls in drawers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JGJG View Post
    I’m not sure about the most effective, but for a traditional, tried and true method that avoids chemicals on your clothing, just use cedar hangers and cedar balls in drawers.
    Is that actually effective?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montello View Post
    Is that actually effective?
    No, scent soon fades.

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    A shotgun should work, you might end up with a few more holes though…

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocket Man View Post
    I just found a moth hole in my favourite winter jumper.

    What is the most effective way to wage war on the loathsome Lepidoptera?

    Has anyone tried moth bombs?
    Put your jumpers in the freezers for 24 hours every so often

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    Are moths a thing anymore?

    Not seen one for years.
    When you look long into an abyss, the abyss looks long into you.........

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    I've had them in my flat for years, despite me never using the heating. My wife was most upset when I inadvertently brought one (or a few) back home (one weekend), and they're now thriving over there (with heating, so much happier - although the tough ones are still surviving in my flat - they disappear over winter).

    I tend to use smelly moth things (hanging and sachets) from Amazon - and also try to store my woollen clothes in vacuum-packed bags (or in the freezer when I have room). {Although I'm convinced they can survive without oxygen, as I have taken clothes back out of these airtight bags with holes when they went in without holes - ba$tard$).

    I did try to get the council in years ago, but they said they had stopped coming out for moths. I guess even they had met their match.

    I'm interested to see what others in the know come up with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_in_the_UK View Post
    Are moths a thing anymore?

    Not seen one for years.
    Yes, we recently had carpet moths, we changed all of the wool carpets for man made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montello View Post
    Is that actually effective?
    No. We used them everywhere, and lavender bags, but the bastards still munched through our entire wool carpet.

    I was loathe to call in an exterminator and fill the house with chemicals so we ditched the carpet and I haven’t owned a wool jumper since.

    Just so you know, it’s the larvae that do the munching. The moth is just the warning sign.
    Last edited by Onelasttime; 21st November 2022 at 23:25.

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    It's the larvae which do most of the damage, you need to find them and destroy before they go mothing about only to lay more eggs.

    Have used this with reasonable success.

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    Last edited by notnowkato; 21st November 2022 at 23:49.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrianw View Post
    Yes, we recently had carpet moths, we changed all of the wool carpets for man made.
    We had carpet moths which my wife has defeated but we will soon be fitting all new carpets upstairs
    Last edited by Montello; 22nd November 2022 at 21:45.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montello View Post
    We had carpet moths which my wife claims to have defeated but we will soon be fitting all new carpets upstairs
    I did lots of research, The only solution is getting rid of wool carpets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montello View Post
    Is that actually effective?
    Absolutely, in my experience. Kingstepper’s varies, so there may be other factors to consider too. But in my experience, absolutely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrianw View Post
    I did lots of research, The only solution is getting rid of wool carpets.
    Imagine the dystopia of a house without wool carpets!

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    Edinburgh is apparently quite bad for the wee bastards.

    I used Protector C spray, on Amazon. It's water based but still, I'd recommend spraying the carpet and giving it a couple of hours. You can smell the tang of whatever's the active ingredient. You can spray it on surfaces and in spaces.

    I had a lot of them about five years ago, and now see maybe only one or two in the summer.

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    These work well, I’ve seen them start attracting the moths as soon as the foil packaging was opened. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rentokil-FM.../dp/B01A5YN3YK

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    Get a bat.
    Started out with nothing. Still have most of it left.

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    I've had some merino tops in a wardrobe suffer holes, which was annoying as they're not cheap. My solution was to buy some plastic boxes with lids and use them to store all the merino/wool items. Working so far...

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldoakknives View Post
    Get a bat.
    Are you allowed to keep bat's as pet's?
    "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

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    As all have said its the lavae that do the munching. We have had issues for years. Seems to come in waves eg 4/5 years no issue then boom cashmere jumpers are hit. They are specific little blighters and prefer fine wools eg merino cashmere. We have tried freezing in vac bags, but the key thing is, when you spot a hole its last seasons lavae. Who by this time have flown away. So preparation is the best policy. Buy moth papers from your Amazon or local store. If you can as suggested above put all your fine wool in a sealed poly box, with moth papers all the better.

    Then remember to buy new papers for next spring as the ingredients will be fugitive and loose their effectiveness.

    Im old enough to remember meeting relatives at functions who used Mothax, it was a Naphthalene white waxy ball or disc. Very effective at moth killing plus you could smell it on their clothes at 6 foot :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by number2 View Post
    Are you allowed to keep bat's as pet's?
    Baseball? Cricket?

    Table tennis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinnlover View Post
    Baseball? Cricket?

    Table tennis?
    Duh me and punctuation
    "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

    'Populism, the last refuge of a Tory scoundrel'.

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