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millcreekforge
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 2:24 pm    Post subject: moths in wool Reply with quote

I bought two 100% wool blankets from the Chech Rep. that apparently has moths in them as there are places where the knap is gone, any thoughts or cures? Thanks, Niles
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Put them in the freezer.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you suspect live bugs, I would seal the blankets in an airtight container with moth crystals (not moth balls) for a month, then take the blankets out and let them air. Moth crystals are made from paradichlorobenzene, which is quite different from moth balls, which are usually made from napthalene. Paradichlorobenzene evaporates completely when your blankets are aired out, and leaves no lingering odor like napthalene.

Both chemicals are toxic, but I think the paradichlorobenzene is probably safer because of a shorter half-life. We used to use it when I kept bees, for storing honeycomb after extracting the honey. It would keep the wax moths out. We could take the old honeycombs out of storage and let them air for a day or two and put them back on the hives. The bees were not harmed, nor was the honey contaminated, as there was no toxic residue.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have read an article about moths. They stop breeding as soon as the temperatures drop. You can put your wool in a room and open the windows to air. During summer, you place your wool in a plastic and this will help to prevent.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had really good luck storing my wool items along with a dryer sheet folded up in them. Moths can't seem to tolerate them (at least I've found zero damage since beginning to do this) and they leave none of the stench associated with moth balls.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I second freezing the wool item. Place it in a plastic bag and freeze for several days, take it out for half a day or so to warm up and refreeze for another day or two. Whether I see moth damage or not I do this as a preventative measure with any new wool item I get. It works and and as an added benefit it reduces any smells the cloth may have
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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2015 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The fiber folks say not to store wool in plastic bags because of moisture.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2015 1:28 pm    Post subject: moths Reply with quote

put in air tight plastic bag, fill with cedar chips.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use cedar chips like nwtradegun.

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