Oh crapshit. The whole thing just makes me itchy when I think about it. I’m scratching right now. Ugh. I noticed a few silvery-beige moths in the house last summer, but I figured it was just because we leave the backdoor open sometimes when it gets hot and, well, bugs get in. Bugs don’t normally bother me that much. I escort them outside, or to buggy heaven, whichever suits the situation. So swatting at a few moths in the bedroom seemed par for the course. Then I noticed a small hole in one of my handknit socks. Ah well, I thought, it’s probably just because I dropped a stitch or it snagged on something last time I wore them. It wasn’t like I was totally attached to this pair or anything. Fast forward to about a month or two ago and I’m suddenly seeing moths flitting around in our bedroom again. Whilst trying to get my life more organized, I pick up this same pair of socks from under my dresser. And what do I see? This…..
Holy Schnikes! We are in deep shizzle here my friends. So I bought a bunch of cedar blocks and clear storage containers from The Container Store. I’ve started freezing the yarn that was in our bedroom in ziplocs, and then it will go into a tub with cedar blocks. But from what I’ve read, that might not even solve the problem :( You supposedly need a sub-zero freezer or you might not kill the damn things. I decided they can have an extended stay in frigidaire siberia anyway, it can’t possibly hurt. Most of the problem seems to be concentrated in our bedroom right now and I don’t really have that many woolens or yarn stored in there. Luckily, I haven’t seen any moths upstairs yet (where most of my lovely stash lives), though I have seen 1 or 2 in the living room, which has a vaulted ceiling that basically goes all the way upstairs. But the stuff upstairs is all in sealed storage tubs so I will just pop in a cedar block or two and cross my fingers. I also read online that moths tend to favor things that have been worn vs. brand new stuff, so I’m hoping that will help keep my lovelies safe too.
Anyone ever been through anything like this? Advice? I saw some totally grody pics online of a major infestation in someone’s home where they pulled back the carpet and there were billions of eggs under there! Nasty. I’m having nightmares about it.
In other (good) news, Little Mister is doing really well now that we are about 2.5 weeks out from his surgery. Thank you so very much to all of you for the kind wishes and good thoughts! They mean so very much to us :) I’ve also finished a few new projects and am working steadily to finish up a couple more. Hope to share those with you soon :)
Meanwhile, keep your fingers crossed I can obliterate the flying horde!