Wool is great, but if you're not careful, moths can feast on it. Here are some tips on how to enjoy wool and prevent it from being someone's dinner.
Step 1. Select woolen clothing
The composition of the material should be indicated on the label if you are unsure.
Step 2. Know what a mole looks like
It is golden in color, no more than 1.25 cm in length. However, you need to get rid of the larva (the small white worm), not the moth. If you spot a moth, it may have already laid eggs.
Step 3. Freeze the coat
Freezing can destroy eggs and larvae that are already in the wool. Ideally, take your clothes outside for a full day in cold weather, but as a last resort, you can use the freezer. Do laundry and store properly.
Step 4. Prevent moths
Store woolen garments in airtight containers. If insects cannot lay eggs, they will not eat your clothes. Cedar chests have a reputation for repelling moths, but this has not been proven. A lot of people just love the smell of cedar.
Step 5. Sprinkle black pepper on the woolen garments
Wrap it in paper or put it in a bag to keep moths away.
Step 6. Place the cedarwood pieces against the wool
The moth does not like cedar and will stay away from it.
Step 7. Use chemicals
There are commercial drugs for moths, such as naphthalene. However, such substances are toxic and often smell bad. But they definitely work, so choose wisely. Why not make your own repellent?
- Be sure to wash or dry-clean woolen items that someone gave you or you bought at a thrift store. You can get with things like this and a mole.
- It may be best to throw out the contaminated clothing to protect the clean one.
- You can hang your coat in your closet and put mothballs in your pockets.