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Easily $2000 those malevolent moths have stolen.

Cashmere robe, $300, multiple holes.

Persian carpet, $3000+, devalued by at least $1K (actually discovered this last winter and fixed, but I guess they migrated! grrrrr)

Favourite and only truly vintage sweater acquired on The Drive, $50 (but value much higher), a chunk taken right out of it.

Cashmere scarf, $150 on 50% off sale, riddled with holes.

Pashmina, a gift, likely $250, pretty much destroyed.

You get the idea!  Yes, there’s more.

NASTY, VICIOUS, WOOL-EATING BUGS! They’re not even the pretty moths.  They’re ugly.

It’s my own fault:  I noticed them in the summer and was too preoccupied to deal with it.   But the 0C weather has arrived and suddenly the full scope of the damage is painfully apparent.

I’ve read the options online for natural moth extinction (lavender, cedar etc.) but if anyone has real-world success stories, I’m listening.

Bummed out in Yellowknife,


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  1. Cyndi

    The best way that I know of is to put all the affected natural fibre yarn(clothing)in the freezer for several days, then take it out and leave at room temperature for several days, then freeze it again. The first round in the freezer kills any moths and/or larvae, then when at room temperature, any eggs left will hatch, then freeze all those little suckers that hatch. Depending upon the severity of your infestation, you may need several freeze/thaw cycles. Hope this helps! 🙂


    Nancy (aka Moneycoach) Reply:

    Thanks Cyndi. That’s actually what I did w/ my carpet and it worked (benefits of living in the NWT!). I don’t know though that I’ll have the stomach to wear the clothes again, and that’s even assuming they’ll repair, which is doubtful. I think a big garage bag may be what’s called for.


    Oct 14, 2011
  2. Maggie

    Hi Nancy,
    Ugh! I hate those months! I’ve found multiple cedar shingles in the closet has helped me. A friend once put all she could into the deep freeze. Her couch was down-filled and to battle the moths she wrapped it in heavy plastic, possibly stuffed with mothballs. One last thing – take everything out of the closet, dresser, drawers and wipe them down ceiling to floor – maybe use lavender water. You’ll be surprised & grossed-out how many larvae are coocooned there.


    Nancy (aka Moneycoach) Reply:

    well the good news is, in about a month I won’t have to use my freezer. I’ll just put it all outside… Ah man, I kinda don’t even wanna look. I’ll make some lavender water; hope it doesn’t put my off lavender forever 🙁


    Oct 15, 2011
  3. Carol Lusher

    Hi Nancy, I sympathise and hope they didnt travel home with you in the summer from our lovely visit. I have discovered the beasties have attacked my lovely rug too! it was pushed up with the edge under the hearth where of course it would be dark . I didnt think of that! eek …. Im keen to stop them doing more damage but with a titchy english sized freezer putting it in there isnt an option. Also the weather here is totally bizarre at the moment ……….seriously, I was gathering autumm leaves the other day and found a flowering primrose underneath! The roses are still out too……….but I guess it could freeze over tomorrow? so I am on the hunt for ideas to beat the beasties too.
    Do try not to be put off lavender Nance, you will remember my garden is full of it and I really hope you will be spending time here again


    Nancy (aka Moneycoach) Reply:

    nah, I don’t think they came back from the UK! regarding your rug, the one thing I know is to keep the rugs underfoot which scares the moths away. A flowering primrose? In October? under the fallen leaves? There’s poetry in that …


    Oct 18, 2011
  4. Using a combination of treatment products works effectively to get rid of moth infestations – a single product on its own may not yield the same successful results. The best approach to moth control is recommended, as follows:

    1 – Clean Thoroughly
    Keeping your home and clothing clean and tidy is key to maintaining a moth-free life.
    2 – Prevention is better than cure
    If you are worried about control of moths, have natural wool carpets or a great collection of wool and cashmere clothing you should be thinking about moth deterrents. Placing scented products around your home and in your drawers, wardrobes and cupboards will help deter moths. Drawer liners, scented sachets, hanging units and sprays all do a great job.
    3 – Monitor
    Make sure you keep an eye on your home and in particular, clothing and carpets, watching out for signs of moth damage. The best way to monitor these tiny moths are pheromone traps.
    4 – Fast action
    If you see signs of moth damage or find moths in a moth box or trap, there are a number of fast-acting moth killing products available that will take effect on eggs, larvae and adult moths, stopping your problem immediately.
    5 – Maintain
    If you have had moth problems in the past, or if you are keen to prevent any happening in the future, it is best to maintain moth deterrent products to protect your clothing, carpets and food from moth damage.

    Natural moth repellents include moth pheromone traps, scented anti-moth products, natural moth sprays, cedar balls and drawer liners. More helpful advice can be found at http://www.mothprevention.com/. Good luck!


    Jul 31, 2012
  5. Daniel

    I can recommend you using lavender to repel moths from your wardrobe. Last year those ugly insects destroyed my wardrobe while I was abroad. I tried many different ways to extinct moths and this was the only one that helped!
    Daniel´s last [type] ..Health Care Resource BeHealthy24


    Nancy (aka Moneycoach) Reply:

    Thanks Daniel – I tried it, but it didn’t seem very effective 🙁 although in principle I love the idea.


    May 14, 2013
  6. Hi Nancy,

    I’ve had similar problems before with moths eating all of my favourite dresses 🙁 not good. However I came across this site which lists useful moth control advice for clothes – http://www.mothkiller.co.uk/clothes-moth-control-advice-14-c.asp

    It’s expert advice and really helped me to treat my moth infestation. I hope this is helpful!



    Nancy (aka Moneycoach) Reply:

    very belated response – thanks for the tip! I’m desperate as winter (ie wool clothes) is approaching and the problem still isn’t freaking solved. Thanks Paige.


    Sep 20, 2013

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