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Anti-Moth Action Plan from our friends at The Lemongrass Trading Company

By the time you spot a tiny moth (Tineola bisslliella) fluttering from a cashmere sweater or silk pashmina, it’s already late in the game. Our best advice is to take action straight away.
Moths love every speck of dirt, every splash of food, every trace of sweat. The adult female lays up to 50 eggs, and she’ll choose any spot of dirt or bodily traces where the larvae (tiny caterpillar-like creatures that do the actual munching) can feed. Check garments when you take them off, sponge off any splashes you can see.  Wash frequently and thoroughly.

Dry cleaning is expensive, but essential for suits, coats and jackets before you store them away. But even dry cleaning does not destroy the eggs which the female likes to lay in dark, warm, undisturbed havens like seams, turn-ups, crotches, armpits, Turn inside out and brush seams fiercely. Do this over the bath, or onto newspaper – you do not want the eggs to hatch later in your carpets or bedding.

Moths hate the light; so hang clothes by an open window in the sun.  If you possibly can, take your clothes out of doors, and beat them briskly with an old-fashioned carpet beater, an old tennis racket or even a ping-pong bat! You are aiming to dislodge any remaining eggs.

Clothes Storage: once every item is clean, wrap individually in plastic bags (clear ones are best, so you can see what is what) then seal. Keep each sweater or cardigan or scarf separately in its own bag.  If some nasty little larva does unfortunately hatch out,  it can then only bore a hole in one item and not the whole pile.

Cleaning:  Now embark on the floor and furniture. Moths lay their eggs on dust balls, fallen hair, old sticky bits of who-knows-what, and single socks. Vacuum every inch of carpet, under rugs and sofas, in dark corners. Vacuum the cracks between floorboards, wash out the dusty corners of wardrobes, wipe shelves, shake empty drawers. (And throw out all those things you thought might some day come in handy!)

The Freezer is Cashmere’s Best Friend! The same rules apply – clean and well wrapped in plastic. To avoid condensation, enclose a tea towel. Freeze in a normal household freezer for at least 3 weeks, and then allow to thaw out gently. (Add a Label showing the date – it is easy to forget how long it’s been there).

Once you have done the above, protect your clothes from further attacks using moth repellent sachets and a moth repellent spray. For a 100% natural product our Lemongrass products are perfect and effective.  You could also consider buying sticky traps and pheromone traps.

You can find The Lemongrass Trading Company's 100% Natural, handmade moth repellent products in our shop:  http://stores.ebay.co.uk/goodthingstrading/
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