Here's a question....Who are tiny, greedy, can make you cry, loves vintage just as much as you, and can live in your wardrobe for up to 2 years? The bastardy clothes moth!
Yes, the absolute worst has happened; moths have invaded our little home and seem to have set up camp for the long haul. We first noticed them flittering about last Spring, but they seemed to disappear, but in our ignorance, we didn't relaise that the larvae can live for up to 2 years in your clothes, happily nibbling away and destroying your precious vintage! We've tried a few things... a noxious spray that makes you choke like your lungs are on fire, cedar wood hanging things and have just invested in anti-moth strips. The annoying and upsetting thing, is knowing that the larvae is there and that you can't see it, while your lovely clothing is getting slowly destroyed.
It feels like you have tiny burglars invading your home and privacy and there is nothing you can do about it. We have been reading up on the little buggers and it seems we are not alone, with the moth population increasing rapidly, pest control have seen the number of houses they have been fumigating rise quickly over the last couple of years. This is no doubt due to a number of factors including warmer weather throughout the year, an increase in the number of clothes that we own (especially women), the 'trend' for vintage and second hand clothing, but also, and most disturbingly, the decrease in the standards of housework that would have been traditionally done methodically by stay at home housewives, with the time to continually hoover under wardrobes, empty cupboards and beat carpets.
We are about to embark on a major project of emptying drawers and wardrobes, dry cleaning or hot washing *everything*, storing things in moth proof or vacuum sealed bags, and crossing our fingers and hoping for the best. I have to say that I have fared much better than my other half in the moth war. He has some lovely fair isle 40s knits and sweaters that look like they have been attacked with a cheese grater, and thats the worse thing about this whole situation, that its the vintage thats being left for dead. If it was modern clothing, whether bought on the high street or expensive designer clothing, I'd still be annoyed, but knowing that they could be replaced but lessen the blow. But the fact that its clothing that has survived maybe 50, 60 or 70 years before it entered my house, makes me feel like I am responsible for its demise!
If you have any clothes moth related stories or tips, please share!