How do you store your wool fiber? There’s nothing worse than walking into your fiber room and seeing a small, tan colored moth flying around. What do you do?
You know the saying… An ounce of prevention. Obviously, the best choice is to not get them in the first place. Wool moths prefer dark areas so keeping your fiber or wool in a light and airy space is best. Plastic storage bins are great but usually the lid does not fit tightly enough to prevent moths from getting in there and nesting.
How about moth balls? You know, those things your grandmother kept in her attic? Strong smell… you either love it or hate it. Those will work to prevent wool moths from infesting your fiber but they are made from oils so it’s really difficult to get the smell out of your fiber.
I prefer a combination of cedar and dryer sheets. Yup, plain old dryer sheets from the grocery store. They do have a strong smell but I have found that this tends to dissipate. Having said that, if you store fiber for a long time, you will need to replace the sheets occasionally. Cedar wood has been used for a long time to store wool items and repel moths. People have closets lined with cedar.
Already have moths in your prized fleeces? Come back in a few days…. I’ll have some ideas for you.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of you!