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Old 06-08-2008, 10:26 PM   #1
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How to store/moth proof yarn
Hi everyone...I am seeing some moths in my spare room where I "store" my yarn...alot of it (yarn) is just in "plastic bags"...I do not want to use "moth balls" cause then the yarn will smell like those so what do you guys use???? any thoughts?
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Old 06-09-2008, 07:30 AM   #2
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you can use mint and lavender. I think there is something else but can't remember. Also moths normally eat wool, I know this first hand, since I lost one of my sweaters due to being eaten. FYI it is the larva of moths that eat your wool not the moths themselves. Also moth balls are toxic in general.
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I use Cedar blocks and it seems to be doing its job of keeping the moths out. No feast in my wool so far.


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Yes, cedar wood is a natural moth repellant. You can get cedar chips in pet stores - it's used for like bedding and stuff, I believe. And of course, there is always the old-fashioned cedar chest that our grandmothers used.

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oops forgot, I put the blocks around the plastic bags not letting the blocks touch the wool. I don't want it to smell of the cedar if at possible. This seems to work for me.


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whole cloves are supposed to work as well. i never bother as i have 5 cats and they think chasing (and eating) moths is fun....
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I've heard that storing them with a strong scented soap works as well.
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Great tips on "moths" what about the larvae
Thanks for all the tips....I am going to go thru and make sure there is no larvae....does the "cedar" chips kill the larvae too????
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I've read that nettle is naturally pest-repellent. I want to get some nettle yarn to mix in my other in my stash.
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I don't think that the cedar kills the larva of the moths. It just keeps the moths away so they don't lay the eggs.
Although I might be wrong, but so far so good with my wool yarns. I always check for the buggers and they aren't anywhere around.



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