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[personal profile] mellusions
In other news, I have a wee teeny tiny problem with my yarn stash.
Oh, not to do with it's size - I already *know* I have too much, hence it's not a 'problem'. It's only a problem if I'm in denial about it. *ahem*
No, the problem is....




MOTHS! Wool-eating moths. *skeered* So far, I haven't really wanted to deal with it so, up until last week, every day when a new little moth would just 'happen' to be flying around the living room, I would steadfastly ignore it, even though somewhere deep down inside my head, it was going DANGER! DANGER WILL ROBINSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have yarn stash in the living room in an old video cabinet (VCR TAPES, REMEMBER THOSE???????????) and, well, I have yarn in multiple places but there is a goodly amount of the not-at-all-cheap 'good' stuff in that cabinet. And I thought I would die if I went poking around in there and found moths. So I finally fessed up to the hubby and just laid it out on the line: I am too weak to go hunting for the problem myself so could he possibly do it for me while I sat in the other room with my fingers in my ears going LALALA IGNORING YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU? So he did. And he thinks the cabinet stuff is fine. Though he double bagged it in a garbage bag for the time being so we can see if anything, uh, hatches. But still the moths were coming and he thinks he narrowed it down to one of the scrap ball bags I have in my knitting, uh, thingy by the couch. (It's a soft-sided container that holds my scrap balls, needle cases, etc.) He found a dead moth inside one of the 3-4 ziploc bags of leftover balls I have in there. So I threw that out - it's just leftover stuff anyway and hopefully that does it. I saw one moth last night though so maybe not. *sigh* I should probably bag up the stuff in the bedroom too because that stuff is just out on shelves and stuff, not even in a cabinet. I'm not at all emotionally ready to deal with a moth infestation eating my yarn up, people! That shit could BREAK ME, I'm telling ya RIGHT NOW. lol

I really have no idea how it started. The windows all have screens so how did one sneak in and start laying eggs? BUGGERS!@!!!!!!!! So, for all the yarnies out there, bag up your yarn more carefully than I because those moths are devious and they get in somehow and cause troubles. I'm going to look for a somewhat stylish wicker hamper/basket thingy in the meantime and maybe I can use that to store all my yarn. Like those tallish ones with a removable top? I think I've seen them at Target. It wouldn't look out of place on the side of the armchair in the bedroom and I can put some cedar stuff in there and that should take care of any future problems. Hopefully!

Date: 2009-10-19 07:10 pm (UTC)
twotone: A toy figure in a penguin costume is dismayed. It stands next to a mug with a penguin illustration and a broken handle. (Default)
From: [personal profile] twotone
Eeeek! Good luck! I don't think I've seen any moths in my house yet (which is good, given the number of open containers of yarn I have). Most of our insects seem to come in either when we're carrying groceries into the house or... well... I think there's some basement entrance, because we keep finding dead wasps and other things that I would DAMN well notice if they flew into the house with me.

Silver lining - I think the weather is now cold enough that you can just stick the bags outside overnight to make the eggs die?

Date: 2009-10-19 07:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] marz

I don't think we have any wool eating moths in these parts, but you make a very good point about protecting "the stash".

Date: 2009-10-19 10:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sometimes they come in WITH the wool :/

The freezer is your best bet. There is some number of days it has to stay in there to kill the eggs. But I do not know what that specific number is.

Date: 2009-10-19 10:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That is my worst nightmare. And it would totally break me as well. I have most of my yarn in plastic containers and I am starting to use lavender sachets as well. I'm paranoid.

Date: 2009-10-20 09:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] marz
Lavender keeps the moths away? Hmmmm I have a huge ziploc of lavender buds I got from the MIL years ago that I never did anything with.

Date: 2009-10-20 09:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I believe so... My mom seems to think so and I think Twotone said so once too.

Date: 2009-10-20 10:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] marz
I googled it and the allmighty Google says Cedar, Lavender and mothballs don't kill moths, but mask the pheromones of the moths so they don't procreate and then lay eggs. AND I found Lavender farms on Saltspring Island! Mmmmmmmmmm . . . I might have to increase my Lavender stash.

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