Moths in your wool or fiber? How do you store your prized fleeces?

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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?

woo - fiber moth

Yup, that’s a wool moth right there

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!
Peace, Annette


  1. Thanks,Annette. Great info just when I needed it most.

  2. Someone on facebook just suggested storing it in calico bags. Apparently, the moths don’t like the fabric. I admit, I don’t know what they are so I looked it up… According to Wikipedia “a plain-woven textile made from unbleached, and often not fully processed, cotton. It may contain unseparated husk parts, for example. The fabric is less coarse and thick than canvas or denim”

  3. If you suspect you have moths (or eggs) place wool fibers in a large freezer bag, expel all the air, zip tight and place in the freezer for anywhere from a day to weeks. This works for removing odors as well

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