Either my wash machine has a personal vendetta against my wool and cashmere sweaters, or I have the closet equivalent of Mothra.
Because I am lucky enough to have laundry with my apartment, I wont be switching machines any time soon. Thus I figured demothing was the only logical step.
I had no previous experience with the winged pests, but the internet was a good friend.
What I learned
- moth balls are tiny balls of stinky poison (so I opted not to use them)
- cedar and lavender seem to be common deterrents
- the moth larvae are the culprits for eating holes, not the winged adults
- a wash cycle or dry cleaning will kill the moths at all life stages
- cedar needs to be sanded every 2 years or spritzed with essential cedar oil sprays every 6 months to keep it fresh
- clothing must be cleaned before being stored for long periods of time
While I wont know for sure if the holes are wear, machine, moth or material quality related, I at least have a very clean closet.
*an in-depth article about how to handle moths
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