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Joseph 17.04.2010 20:07

Moths; but clothes moths this time!!
 
Can anyone enlighten me, do clothes moths exist in Switzerland? I am sure they do but the only thread I can find is all about food moths.

Anyway if they do exist here how can I keep them away from my nice new suit?

Anthony1406 17.04.2010 20:10

Re: Moths; but clothes moths this time!!
 
mothballs like everywhere I would suggest

and some other tricks

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...6133700AAQOYBG

http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/50093

Guest 17.04.2010 20:10

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Some good answers here. :)

SimonHicken 17.04.2010 20:18

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Oh yes, they definately do as some of my tailor made suits found out!

You can get anti moth articles at Coop and Migros

Mrs. Doolittle 17.04.2010 20:43

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Originally Posted by Joseph (Post 779836)
Can anyone enlighten me, do clothes moths exist in Switzerland? I am sure they do but the only thread I can find is all about food moths.

Anyway if they do exist here how can I keep them away from my nice new suit?

It's helpful to keep them out in the first place. Put something on your windows, (mesh, etc). This can be done even if you are in a rental unit. I don't use mothballs but prefer cedar in the closets.

Guest 17.04.2010 20:48

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Originally Posted by Mrs. Doolittle (Post 779876)
It's helpful to keep them out in the first place. Put something on your windows, (mesh, etc). This can be done even if you are in a rental unit.

... and just to prove she's not joking, here's Mrs Doolittle's house:

http://blog.silive.com/latest_news/2007/09/0920seal.jpg

She's not had any problems with moths, mosquitoes, ants, cockroaches or visitors for years.

JennifromSC 17.04.2010 22:31

Re: Moths; but clothes moths this time!!
 
Last fall I bought "Mottenpapier" at Aldi to put with my off season clothes. (Hope it worked!) It comes in 4 X 8 sheets.
I also saw it at Migros. Not sure if is only available seasonally. I've also had great luck with blocks of cedar in my storage boxes.
Best of luck you!

Higa 17.04.2010 23:09

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Originally Posted by Mrs. Doolittle (Post 779876)
I don't use mothballs but prefer cedar in the closets.

So do I ! For the closets, mothballs were not too bad as long as you areated your clothing long enough for the smell to disappear but in my kitchen the food moths became a real plague and of course I couldn’t use mothballs there

I have never seen anything like it. They larves were crawling all over the kitchen cabinets even those that only contained clean glasses ! I had to throw lots of food away too.

I have an open kitchen and I found them on the nearby book shelves in the living room trying to eat my books. It was absolutely disgusting.

Then I tried cedar - not just the blocks but also the oil. Every two weeks I pour a few drops of cedar oil on the blocks and also on certain absorbant stones you can buy for this purpose. You could also use these stones for pouring any other oil on them for instance lavender oil but I use them only for the cedar oil.

I haven’t had a single food moth or larve since - touch wood !!

Higa 18.04.2010 00:08

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Originally Posted by Mrs. Doolittle (Post 779876)
It's helpful to keep them out in the first place. Put something on your windows, (mesh, etc).

Sorry, but that doesn't necessary help with food moths. Sometimes they come in with the food you buy. The cereals may look ok, but the stuff may already be infected and after a short time you have a little zoo in your kitchen cupboards.

Mrs. Doolittle 18.04.2010 00:51

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Originally Posted by Higa (Post 780058)
Sorry, but that doesn't necessary help with food moths. Sometimes they come in with the food you buy. The cereals may look ok, but the stuff may already be infected and after a short time you have a little zoo in your kitchen cupboards.


The OP was asking about moths that attack his clothes. I've never even heard of food moths. After they finish in the kitchen do they head for your wools?

Guest 18.04.2010 00:53

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Originally Posted by Mrs. Doolittle (Post 780096)
I've never even heard of food moths.

:eek: Don't tempt fate!

Food moths are the evillest buggers to ever flutter round the Earth.

Evil, I tell you.

Evil.

Mrs. Doolittle 18.04.2010 00:57

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Originally Posted by JennifromSC (Post 779982)
Last fall I bought "Mottenpapier" at Aldi to put with my off season clothes. (Hope it worked!) It comes in 4 X 8 sheets.
I also saw it at Migros. Not sure if is only available seasonally. I've also had great luck with blocks of cedar in my storage boxes.
Best of luck you!

It looks like this.
http://www.leshop.ch/leshop/Main.do/...anguage=German

It last 6 months and while it has no odour, you must be careful to keep it out of reach of pets and children.

Higa 18.04.2010 01:05

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Originally Posted by Mrs. Doolittle (Post 780106)
It looks like this.
http://www.leshop.ch/leshop/Main.do/...anguage=German

It last 6 months and while it has no odour, you must be careful to keep it out of reach of pets and children.

That's why I stick to my cedar blocks impregnated every two weeks with a few drops of cedar oil. I am too lazy to roughen the surface of the blocks with sand paper. :D

Mrs. Doolittle 18.04.2010 01:20

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I once interviewed an entomologist in Basel. I learned a lot about bugs, but moths weren't part of the discussion.

Apparently there are two types of domestic moths, Clothes moths are one type, the other are Meal, Flour and Wax moths. Lots of good pictures here. :eek:
http://www.kendall-bioresearch.co.uk/domestmoth.htm

Mrs. Doolittle 18.04.2010 01:21

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Originally Posted by Higa (Post 780111)
That's why I stick to my cedar blocks impregnated every two weeks with a few drops of cedar oil. I am too lazy to roughen the surface of the blocks with sand paper. :D

I've been using the sandpaper method but the oil sounds better. Where do you buy the cedar oil?

amaraya 18.04.2010 01:23

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ew. food moths are the nastiest. but i'm with the cedar for clothes moths and for good measure i add drops of lavendar as well, it's another good repellant and smells good with the cedar...

Higa 18.04.2010 01:35

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Originally Posted by Mrs. Doolittle (Post 780124)
I've been using the sandpaper method but the oil sounds better. Where do you buy the cedar oil?

I used to buy it in Germany from Waschbär, a mail order firm that has also four shops, one in Freiburg im Breisgau a city I love !

Now they opened a branch in Switzerland, www.wachbaer.ch and you find it here: http://www.waschbaer.ch/Cedernholz-O...ery=Zedern%F6l

Don't buy any perfumed cedar oil, I doubt whether it works and it stinks !

Higa 18.04.2010 01:37

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Originally Posted by amaraya (Post 780125)
ew. food moths are the nastiest. but i'm with the cedar for clothes moths and for good measure i add drops of lavendar as well, it's another good repellant and smells good with the cedar...

Do you mean you impregnate the same block with both cedar and lavendar oil ?


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