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Moths and fleeces?
« on: January 12, 2021, 05:48:00 pm »
I did a search but couldn't find any hard facts so thought I would ask you lovely peoples.

Do moths eat in the grease fleeces or do they stick to washed wool?

I ask because I have been killing moths in the room I keep my wool in so I know the little beggers are eating something but it would be easier to narrow down the search if I only have to inspect either or, rather than all.


  • Joined May 2010
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Re: Moths and fleeces?
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2021, 12:04:31 am »
No luck, sorry!  Clothes moths will eat both clean and in-the-grease fleece.  They will also eat silk and lots of other fibres, paper and meal. They are more likely apparently to eat holes in knitwear which has food slavers on than clean, fresh garments so only store washed clothes.  The only way to keep them out is to store the fleece in a woven bag with no holes big enough for the tiny things to get in, or to store all susceptible fibres in a freezer.  I think it's only the males that fly.  Remember to open your bags outside or they'll just be flying from one hideaway to another.

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