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Merino Wool & Moths??

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Having sat in my cupboard for six months or so I pull on my dark Merino top last week to find it full of holes.

The only thing I can think of is moths, anyone else had the same problem? Are ye olde moth balls the solution?

Cheers,

Greg
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if you don't want your merino eaten, chuck a really expensive cashmere jumper in the same drawer and the little bu99ers will eat that instead Mad
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My best and loveliest leggings suffered similarly.

Put them on during the coldest of the recent cold snaps and was rather alarmed to find most of my left leg showing through the holes, they appeared to have been eaten. Nothing else in the drawer had been attacked; most things there are synthetic materials.

I have no idea of a cause or a solution.

Puzzled
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kitenski wrote:
Having sat in my cupboard for six months or so I pull on my dark Merino top last week to find it full of holes.

The only thing I can think of is moths, anyone else had the same problem? Are ye olde moth balls the solution?

Cheers,

Greg


Yes. Along with those clear plastic bags that you can vacuum seal.

The only downside is that for three months of the year you will smell like a pensioner.
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lots of info here:

http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview/id/201859.html

Quote:
Here's the answer in a nutshell: The worms are
the larvae of clothes moths. The best way to avoid damage is to keep
the sweater clean, try to eliminate other sources of food for the
larvae, and either use the traditional moth-balls or but a
fabric-treatment from the Off! Company called Moth Proofer. You
should be able to buy that at Walmart and similar stores.


Quote:
3. Protecting Merino Wool From Damage By Clothes Moth Larvae (Worms)
"There are a variety of preventative methods to keep insects from
attacking your wool garments. Before storing them for any length of
time, be sure to thoroughly clean them. Cedar wood is a good natural
deterrent, and wicker baskets are reputed to be excellent containers.
Ideally, your wool garments should be placed into cotton bags, which
allows the textile to breathe, and then sealed. Plastic bags and bins
are not a good idea because they don't allow air circulation. Any
moisture remaining in the container will result in a musty smell at
best, and possibly even mold or mildew damage.


Quote:
A less “smelly” alternative to mothballs is formulation of lavandin
oil, which repels clothes. An example of a product that contains
lavandin oil is OFF! Moth Proofer, which is marketed by the SC Johnson
Company. This product will protect items from clothes moths for a
single storage season. In addition to eliminating the mothball smell,
OFF! Moth Proofer also eliminates the risk of accidental poisoning
(either by inhalation of ingestion) by naphthalene or para-dichloro
benzene (PDB


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theres always some one in thelift queue that smells of moth balls..

never had an issue, but i tend to wear my merino all year round, plus the my cats a pretty effective moth control experts.
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Cedarwood or lavender will keep them away, and doesn't smell of moth balls. You can get these from Lakeland http://www.lakeland.co.uk/F/keyword/cedar
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Yep, just lost my heavyweight top to moths this year. The holes weren't right though, but I didn't want them spreading.

Now I've got to treat the rest of the clothes in case anything contains wool.
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Given that the artificial tops now have added 'anti whiff', I'm not that convinced that the extra cost of Merino gives much (if any) benefits and certainly doesn't wear as well as artificial layers.
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kitenski, i'm certainly not replacing my merino as it wears out
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Arno wrote:
kitenski, i'm certainly not replacing my merino as it wears out


yup I've come to that conclusion as well...got some long and short sleeve Berghaus Argentium Tech T tops for about £20 each I think, going to be tougher lasting that my Merino layers, similiar anti whiff properties, similiar if not better whicking and going to dry quicker.....
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and that sort of gear is good for running, gym etc year-round. merino turns into a heavy, sweaty mess if i run in it
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I swear by my Icebreaker stuff - far better than man made fibres. You just have to take care of it.
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Latchico wrote:
I swear by my Icebreaker stuff - far better than man made fibres. You just have to take care of it.


far better in what way?
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We have holey merino. We thought of moths but nothing else has suffered so just put it down to wear and tear.

Perhaps merino is a moth-magnet.
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kitenski wrote:
Latchico wrote:
I swear by my Icebreaker stuff - far better than man made fibres. You just have to take care of it.


far better in what way?


Two ways. Warmth and comfort next to the skin. I had not expected that from a woollen garment.
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Perhaps merino is a moth-magnet.

Wool is a moth magnet - but probably most of us don't have much these days, or not wool garments which are tucked away in drawers or attics for months at a time. One of my wool carpets got moth-eaten behind a wardrobe, where I don't vacuum for months on end.
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Wool and cotton beat synthetic fibres any day of the week.

My merino Helly Hensens (with maybe 10% synthetics) are bliss. Over which I wear a wool/cotton blend shirt, and a couple of thin wool jumpers if it's cold and a thick wool jumper over the top. Then ski jacket.


Rentokil sell all sorts of moth killing devices. Not cheap mind. But cheaper than new clothes...

Contrary to popular belief, moth balls do not kill moths. They repel them very effectively (and they repel that nice totty too).
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James the Last, it's a long time since I saw anybody on SHs extol the virtues of cotton for ski layers. I have a very thin merino base layer which I love, but I don't think I could be doing with any thick wool jumpers, thanks very much.
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