:) We recently bought a 25 y.o. house in January. Two weeks ago I pulled out a
:) brand new suit to wear to a wedding and noticed what appeared to be a moth
:) hole in the shoulder. I was pretty upset and checked all the other clothes
:) in my closet but didn't see any other signs.
:) Today, my wife took a shirt out of her closet for work, and found white
:) streaks across the front and what appeared to be moth holes. She last wore
:) the shirt two weeks ago. She pulled a second shirt out--same thing--white
:) streaks and holes.
:) Sure seems like MOTHS to me, but I have lived a lot of places in my life and
:) have NEVER EVER had a moth issue.
:) What do I do? How do I preserve my clothes in my own damn closet without
:) these menaces ruining hundreds of dollars in clothing?
Chances are the damage is from the larvae of carpet beetles....
You may find them/their shed skins of the corners of the closets.
They and clothes moths will eat anything made from animal... feather,
fur, hair, silk... The surest protection is to store cleaned clothing
in air tight containers, basically Tupperware for clothing, zipper
bags are not air tight. The infested closet may need to be emptied,
treat the corners, baseboards, under shelving with a residual
insecticide, have the clothing cleaned. What ever setting on your
dryer is the lowest heat setting that is safe for your clothing is
more than enough to dislodge the insect from the clothes...go from the
dryer or the cleaners into the storage bins. If you go the way of
moth balls/closet fresheners make sure the active ingredient is
paradichlorabenzine (PDCB), it not only repels, but kills what might
be in there as long as the closet isn't too over stuffed.
Lar. (to e-mail, get rid of the BUGS!!
It is said that the early bird gets the worm,
but it is the second mouse that gets the cheese.