Winter is here: the time when we take out our winter clothing and bring out last years yarn to finish that project. Also the time when we spot the damage that these little winged blighters have caused! Not only do they munch copious amounts of wool, but they love any protein fibre, including silk, fur, feathers, and even leather if they're really hungry. I’d wager that when unpacking your winter things, you have also unpacked some very unwelcome holes surrounded by wool. Moths seem to particularly enjoy merino skivvies, the finer the better.
Clothes moths are more active in warmer temperatures, traditionally spring and summer (when woolens are in storage), but now that houses are warmer, they often start their nibbling much sooner.
Sadly, we are very familiar with moth damage in fabrics donated to us at Stitch Kitchen, which have often been tucked away in quiet dark spaces (moth's favourite hang out) for several months. Avoiding inviting moths in; getting them out if they have gatecrashed; and dealing with the damage are regular battles we face.
Here are a few strategies to help you win your battle and save your woolens!
1. Avoiding bad dinner guests
2. Turning the tables
If you find evidence of moths, in traps, or on your clothes, or find holes they're left behind, it's time for further action:
3. Turning a flaw into a favourite feature
Don't be deterred from keeping and wearing a moth damaged item with pride. Yes, it has holes in its character - don't we all. But that's what makes us interesting.
How we can help
We'd love to hear from you about things you've tried and found effective! And if you don't find any of these effective, at least we might see you at one of our Stitch Kitchen workshops or at Mend & Make Awesome :)
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