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Saturday, 7 September 2019

I have a thing...

about things!

Moths are my all time foe.  Old cottages seem to harbour them, they lurk in the ancient timbers, they munch on my clothes.  My body goes into spasms of evil as I spy them innocently sitting on the bedroom wall.  I sidle up in super sleuth mode, my finger quivering with the anticipation of splat.  
My technique has been honed over years of experience on the killing fields.  Gently, ever so gently I press my finger on them before they’ve even had time to think lambswool to the slaughter.  My walls are a testament to their demise, Salvador Dali would be proud.
As I prepare to unpack my clothes and put them away in my super new fitted wardrobe, my thoughts obviously turn to a moth moat, a moth exterminate system.  Being a chemical free ageing hippy I only want to kill them kindly, you understand?  
Any surefire ways would be gratefully received.


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  1. I pick a bunch of lavender and just leave it in the bottom of the wardrobe; seems to do the trick for the moths altho not sure if its just chance that our moths seem to have all but disappeared after several years of invasion.

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  2. I do have a huge bag of lavender so I will apply liberally. Thanks for the tip.

    LX

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  4. The lavender idea is a new one and will be easy to try, thanks for that suggestion Gillian.
    I was thinking about moths just yesterday when I wore a top which now has little flowers stitched to hide three holes produced by the little horrors. I squash them into nothing if I catch them, spiders we catch and release outside.

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    1. Yes, a good idea. I am the same as you, spiders and all other insects including moths which don’t eat clothes we catch and set free.

      LX

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  5. This is not a boast but I've never in my life had a moth eat any clothing! I always thought it was an urban myth to be honest. I don't mind moths at all and find it hard to kill anything, I even hate it when I accidentaly stand on a snail and let me tell you they have munched their way through my garden this year much to my annoyance. Perhaps like wasps they are releasing some kind of pheromone when you kill them thus attracting their friends and relatives, perhaps you should try catching them and putting them out for a while and see if things improve. Our dog loves chasing them so perhaps you could set Ellie on the task? Good luck x

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    1. Oh dear MG I hope the clothes eating moths don’t read my blog, otherwise word will be out...All round to yours for a Scottish feast. I never kill wasps or bees. I was a beekeeper in the Highlands. I used to say even if you couldn’t harvest the honey their life is a marvel. We do seem to have inherited a healthy colony of moths, due in no small part to the moth eaten wool stair carpet, which sadly we can’t afford to replace... at the mo!

      LX

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  6. I've heard that moths aren't keen on horse chestnuts

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  7. I have not advice, but wish you success. I've never had a moth problem, and lived for thirty years in a house in the woods. We did have a mouse problem. Little bastids.
    A thought. Do you actually have a problem, or are you taking on non-wool eaters? I wouldn't know a wool-eater from a wooly bear.

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    1. Oh dear me no, they are very easy to identify. We don’t have too many brown, black or woolly bears around these parts.

      LX

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  8. I too have a moth problem. About July/August I begin to see small grey/black moths on the bedroom walls and I have a slipper at the ready, because when the light goes on, they tend to run for cover behind pictures. Splat! Splat! as many as I can catch. I Googled (as you do) and found that pieces of cedar wood hung in the wardrobe is a moth deterrent. I bought some. Still get the moths. Hopefully, someone will tell us of a sure-fire way to get rid of the blighters. - Rosemary

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    1. Yes I have cedar wood hanging things, which I spray with a cedar spray to refresh the off putting moth odour. If you miss the first splat they disappear as if by magic, clever little blighters!

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