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celia
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Posted - 07/28/2004 :  06:07:10 AM  Show Profile  Visit celia's Homepage Send celia a Private Message
Just wondering, what do moths look like?

I have moth prevention bits (cear balls etc) in my stash, but i just wat to be sure I am well protected. What am I looking for?

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Spinnerella
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Posted - 07/28/2004 :  06:43:02 AM  Show Profile  Visit Spinnerella's Homepage Send Spinnerella a Private Message
Picture a tiny butterfly, but gray and ugly. Actually, if you see a moth, the damage is probably already done. It's the little larvae (picture a little brown worm) that cause the damage.
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celia
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Posted - 07/28/2004 :  06:47:59 AM  Show Profile  Visit celia's Homepage Send celia a Private Message
ok.. i haven;t seen anythng like that.. thank goodness.
yuck.. i am so afraid of moths, it's like an obsession for me.

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lakeviwa
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Posted - 07/28/2004 :  07:16:22 AM  Show Profile  Visit lakeviwa's Homepage Send lakeviwa a Private Message
I saw the eggs of a moth outside my window and when they began to hatch they looked like little worms. It was quite fasinating and also quite disgusting.

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mokey
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Posted - 07/28/2004 :  08:22:06 AM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message
So how many of you actually have moths? In 30+ years I've never encountered a problem, and don't use any sort of MOth Away.

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lakeviwa
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Posted - 07/28/2004 :  08:35:50 AM  Show Profile  Visit lakeviwa's Homepage Send lakeviwa a Private Message
[quote]Originally posted by mokey

So how many of you actually have moths? In 30+ years I've never encountered a problem, and don't use any sort of MOth Away.

Where do you store your knits?

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mokey
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Posted - 07/28/2004 :  09:30:25 AM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message
I keep all my knits in my closet, or in our high boy(like an armoire)

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Busyhands
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Posted - 07/28/2004 :  11:57:06 AM  Show Profile Send Busyhands a Private Message
I haven't had moth problems in quite a few years, but in one of the first places we lived after we were married my sewing stash got covered with little cocoons. The little wormy guys have white spider-web-like stuff wrapped all over them and attaching themselves to your stuff. Yuck. Thank goodness we can afford to live somewhere with fewer indoor bugs now!
Lin
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SerMom
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Posted - 07/28/2004 :  2:05:34 PM  Show Profile Send SerMom a Private Message
I had some yarn get moth eaten. It was 'out of sight, out of mind' for several years, through 4 moves. Oh, well, I do keep cedar chips around my stash now.

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celia
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Posted - 07/28/2004 :  3:41:40 PM  Show Profile  Visit celia's Homepage Send celia a Private Message
I don't actually know whether moths are a problem where I live. I am renting and it's a flat above the house owner's garage. It's a new house, so I'd say the risk of moth is probably minimal, no?
Hoever, I am very protective of my stash and I'm always worried about getting moth attacked. I use cedar balls and have been considering moth balls, but I don't like the smell of moth balls.

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lakeviwa
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Posted - 07/28/2004 :  3:49:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit lakeviwa's Homepage Send lakeviwa a Private Message
Celia,

I don't like the scent of mothballs either. Plus they are found to be potentially harmful and cancer causing agents. The best thing is Cedar or lavender. The dried flower will repell moths.

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celia
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Posted - 07/28/2004 :  4:23:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit celia's Homepage Send celia a Private Message
hmm.. I think I'll go out to the helth food shop t get some lavendar flowers..
do you know whether it's the smell that repels moths? I was thinking that it may be easier and cheaper to get lavendar essential oils to put on cotton balls among my wool. is that going to be effective?

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lakeviwa
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Posted - 07/28/2004 :  4:30:05 PM  Show Profile  Visit lakeviwa's Homepage Send lakeviwa a Private Message
I believe it is the scent that repells the moths. The oil will work as well, just be sure that the cotton ball doesn't come into direct contact with your yarn to avoid oil stains.

Tess

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shaggy
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Posted - 07/28/2004 :  5:09:52 PM  Show Profile Send shaggy a Private Message
I hang a ball of cotton soaked with lavendar essential oil from a string in my yarn closet, I replace it every 6 to 8 weeks

shaggy

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Pinky Yarn
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Posted - 07/28/2004 :  6:12:32 PM  Show Profile Send Pinky Yarn a Private Message
its the smell that repells them, any strong smell will work, it confuses them so they dont lay their eggs on the yarn as i understood it

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knitlethab
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Posted - 07/28/2004 :  9:41:28 PM  Show Profile  Visit knitlethab's Homepage Send knitlethab a Private Message
One good saving factor is that moths only seem to bother woolens. The larvae eat the wool for norishment. The bad thing is they dig right through your woolens, in a straight line...so you can get many tiny holes across you garment. Did someone say in other postings that lavendar does not work?

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Lindy
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Posted - 07/29/2004 :  09:55:53 AM  Show Profile Send Lindy a Private Message
I had a moth problem a few years ago - they completely destroyed an entire cone of lovely natural wool yarn. I ordered a pound bag of Herbal Moth-Repelling Blend from Long Creek Herbs. I made a few dozen little bags from muslin (you can also buy the bags from Long Creek), tucked them everywhere amongst my yarn and all other woolen items. Voila! No problems ever since. I recently ordered another pound as the original order was a few years old and seemed to be losing some of its oomph. I have no affiliation with Long Creek Herbs other than being a very happy customer. You can reach them online at http://www.Longcreekherbs.com

BTW - this herbal blend smells very nice

Lindy in AZ where it is too hot to knit with wool even with the central air conditioner and a fan running.
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Posted - 07/29/2004 :  10:22:50 AM  Show Profile Send jbrightwell@creekstone.net a Private Message
I have read that cloves also work as a month repellant. I like the smell so I've used clove sachets and have never had a problem. I don't know if is because of the cloves or if I'm just fortunate!
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gisela
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Posted - 07/29/2004 :  11:35:12 AM  Show Profile Send gisela a Private Message
Lindy

Thanks for the suggestion about the herbal bags. I have been looking for something like this for a long while since I hate moth balls and their smell. My daughter in law who has tons of sweaters will love this too. I plan on visiting them this fall and am going to take her a big bag.

thanks again.

Gisela

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Debbie Mo
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Posted - 07/29/2004 :  11:59:00 AM  Show Profile Send Debbie Mo a Private Message
Regarding Mothballs, I made the mistake of using them once, and it took forever to get rid of the smell - even the plastic containers seemed to absorb it! I don't care for the smell of cedar, so I don't want to use that. I would like to use lavender instead, but I wasn't sure where to purchase lavender sachets. Or any sachets.

Any suggestions for where to look?

Debbie Mo
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Spinnerella
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Posted - 07/29/2004 :  12:38:49 PM  Show Profile  Visit Spinnerella's Homepage Send Spinnerella a Private Message
Cedar is another good moth repellant....would line my closets in cedar if I could afford to ! In the meantime, you can find cedar in all forms at places like Bed, Bath and Beyond or Linens and Things. I found a pack of 20 thin cedar blocks for $7.99 and these are small enough to fit into my storage drawers nicely. Hint with anything cedar: a light sanding will restore the scent when it starts to dissapate.
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