Moths, and the eradication and prevention thereof. - Page 3
I think I've come up with a brilliant idea. We need a user-friendly breathable physical barrier to keep moths out. What better than a cotton pillow case with a zipper?
Sounds like a good insurance plan, the only problem/hassle I see with this is not knowing which knit is in a given pillow case without a labeling system. Don't see why you can't use a permanent marker to write directly on the pillow case.
Any criticisms on this?
I would just check the clothes for moth larvae. They are fairly large, and casemaking clothes moth drag around case with them. Not microscopic by a long shot.
I would not use pesticides of any kind (mothballs are a pesticide that is "applied" by allowing the solid chemical to sublimate into a vapor, but it is no different than spraying a poison). Pets, children, your skin. Don't use pesticides.
I would be philosophical about it. If you live in the Southeast, these things live with you. Don't ask yourself how they got in. If the cockroaches and the anole lizards got in then these moths will, too. If you live in the Mountain West you probably aren't reading this thread.
I would not use a pheromone trap any more than I would use a roach bait. If I put one of those up in my house here on the Gulf Coast I would have a line around the block. I have no trouble getting these things into my home, and I certainly wouldn't do anything to attract more.
I would just check the clothes for moth larvae, and I would be philosophical. If you haven't put the suit on in two years, it probably wouldn't have fit anyway. If you wear the suit every day, you probably would notice a worm upwards of a centimeter long reposing itself on your sleeve, especially if it were hauling a case the size of a pumpkin seed.
I would just continue to check the clothes for moth larvae, and I would continue to be philosophical. The larvae eat for months and years before they take wing. If you haven't worn the thing in so long, you probably won't miss it.
I would not store my clothes in an airtight container because I don't have room and the humidity will mildew them.
I would put my suits and jackets in those nice cloth bags you get when you buy your nice things. The moth flies--on silent wings, indeed--but it flies. It lands. It lays its eggs. It is not attracted to the smushed Junior Mint on the elbow of your jacket. The roaches will eat that, fiber and all, so do get it cleaned, but the moth doesn't care about it. It is attracted to hair. It likes bird's nests. It likes those mounds of dust and spider web under the sofa. The moth won't eat it because it takes wing briefly to mate, lay eggs, and die. It has a good eye for hair. It evolved that way. It will find it. It likes a wool jacket, yes. But it isn't clever. It isn't going to surmise that the nicest wool is inside the cloth bag and wait for its opportunity to pounce. It will go for the dust bunnies first. It will go for the stack of sweaters just sitting there unmoved.
I would erect a spacious closet of cedar wood because that would mean I had the space, the money, and the peace of mind that comes with the scent of cut cedar wood. That would please me. The moths don't care a hoot about cedar wood, however. If you carefully store clean woolens in a cedar chest, the likelihood is that you take care of your things and pack them away in a good, breathable container after cleaning them well, and for this reason the moths went for the dust bunnies and the spider webs instead. That's how cedar works it is an effect and not a cause of prevention.
I would store my winter suits in jackets right there in my closet, where the moths do come, confident that my cloth suit bags will deter most of them, confident that I will wear the suit within a few months and probably catch any damage, and confident that if I don't wear the suit for a year or two, then I can probably do without it. I might even turn the air conditioner up on a sultry August night and put on my heaviest flannel suit and read Ivanhoe or something by the fireplace and pretend its cold out, just to give the suit some time off the hanger and to see how it's doing.
I would stave off those control freak attacks to which all men are susceptible--I would not go to war against the moths or develop a defense in depth. Ineffectual. I would not ask myself what I did wrong or if I brought something Unclean into my home. I would use the bags that come with your suits, I would take them out every now and again and see how they are doing and maybe even put them on just because.
I vacuum up casemaking moth larvae from the floorboards of my home all the long summer, and I have never found a moth hole in anything I care about.