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What keeps moths out of my old chest?

Asked by peggylou (1114 points ) June 15th, 2009

I have an old humpback trunk that I want to store wool shirts in. But how do I keep moths out of the trunk and away from the delicious wool?

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bea2345's avatar

Camphor (mothballs) is usually effective. It is toxic to small children, so do not use it on children’s clothes.

augustlan's avatar

You could try lining it in cedar, or just throwing in some cedar sachets. It smells a lot better than mothballs. Alternatively, you could pack your sweaters in those ‘space bags’, and then store them in the trunk.

Darwin's avatar

Also, cedar blocks can help repel moths, as can herbs such as lavender and rosemary. Replace blocks or sachets periodically or reactivate with drops of essential oils.

Make sure the woolens are clean before being put in the chest so no traces of food or perfume can attract moths and so you are certain there are no moths eggs on them. Also, clean the chest itself thoroughly for the same reason. Also, see if you can make the chest essentially air tight so moths can’t get in to lay eggs.

Moths like humidity so make sure the chest is not in a bathroom or other humid part of your house.

Check the contents of the chest every now and then to be sure all is still well.

Blondesjon's avatar

Greatest question ever to take totally out of context.

listen to ^^the three ladies above. they know what they’re talking about.

bea2345's avatar

@Blondesjon – how do you do that?

DarkScribe's avatar

@bea2345 how do you do that?

I know the answer but I am not going there.

Blondesjon's avatar

i double dog dare you

whatthefluther's avatar

Is this question in any way associated with the newer question:Ladies, what’s the best strapless bra?

LC_Beta's avatar

let it all hang out.

mangeons's avatar

Throw some cedar in there. Surprisingly, there’s something on earth that doesn’t like the scent of cedar wood!

peggylou's avatar

Thank you all! @Augustian: special thanks for the link. I’m going down to measure the chest bottom!

Blondesjon's avatar

@peggylou . . .stop it. you are killing me.

ratboy's avatar

I’ll bite. Try a kevlar bra.

critter1982's avatar

moth balls

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