I like moths: many of them are much more elegant than butterflies. The
children and I used to set a moth trap overnight and admire and
release our haul in the morning. Collins Gem Guide to Butterflies and
Moths is very good for identifying.
Clothes moths are very small, and I doubt if you'd get clouds of them
in the garden. Cabbage moths are the night equivalent of cabbage white
butterflies; codlin moths are the ones which put caterpillars in
apples; and I find mullein moths troublesome on verbascums here in
West Wales. All these are shades of brown -- at rest, the mulleins
look just like old bits of bark. Also a pest are winter moths, which
you won't have just now, as, surprisingly, they appear in the winter:
grease bands round your apple trees will stop the wingless females
climbing up and creating havoc.
I've got them too. I was looking in the DIY stores and ordinary
supermarkets for good ol' fashioned moth balls, but no luck. I suppose a
hardware shop would be the place - if I knew where there was one these
*Windows will never cease *
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW 12
On Sat, 9 Aug 2003 15:18:29 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@Millstream.ednet.co.uk (Roy
We got infected (it thats the right word) 2 years ago. Found their
grubs eating a jumper.
Dry cleaned everything possible. Stuck as much as what was left on a
high temp wash (if feasible).
Gave the house a really good hoover. Cleaned everywhere. You'll be
amazed at where they will hide(they dont like the light). Where the
base of the front door met the carpet was a favourite spot.
We also got these little things that you hang up in wardrobes that are
meant to attract then kill them. Also got these little sachets of
"stuff" that are meant to kill them as well that I stuffed down the
settee which is where I'd seen the most activity.
They dont like cedar wood if you want a more natural method of
control. ince you are most likely in Edinburgh then Grays of George St
stocks most moth deterrents.
I was recently suffering from an infestation of clothes moths,
fortunately mostly confined to one room where they were munching
the (wool carpet), but escapees were eating my clothes as well.
AFAIK, both of the moth killing chemicals which used to be effective
have now been banned, so you can get them in the EU at least.
Out of desparation, I saturated the room in question with aerosol
'fly and wasp killer' from the supermarket, and rather to my surprise
it was very effective.
Have you tried turning all the lights off at night and placing a 500
watt bulb outside in the garden? When all the moths fly to the bulb,
then quickly close all the windows. Viola!.
Alternatively, our local Wilkinsons sells effective insect sprays,
mothballs insect strips, smoke candels etc.
Or a UV lamp like the chip shops have?
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