wool moth infestation

15 Feb

london 10.17am 10.2C mild cloudy wednesday 2017

i have read of this, the country infested with a plague of these wool moths that have been eating holes out of wool garments. quite mortifying to those affected , as wool clothing are usually very expensive and may be quite treasured keepsakes.

we here in my flat never had that problem until today when simon showed me his wool sweater completely shredded with holes. so he threw it away into the bin. then he took out another one like it, and it has some holes in it, showing it too will be doomed.

the other one had been thrown into a dark corner, so i expected that would attract the moths, but this one is out in the open. so even being out in the light, does not protect it. and even my flat where it is no central heating, (in fact no heating of any sort, which i thought was a safeguard against them is not after all).

the thing is i never see these caterpillars stages of the moths. they must be very small. there is no moth flying around even. not surprising since it is winter now. but in summer, they must have been flying around.

maybe i have seen them but not recognise them as clothes moth. come to think of it, i did see some mottled off white flying things in summer, that might have been them. but there were not many of them but then many of them could very easily fly off through the window as soon as they get out of the pupae, as we keep our windows open most days in summer.

so now moths shall be added to the pests you can find in london. actually it is the only pest to added in my case.

at this moment i cannot think of others , at least in my flat, as we never have ants, or cockroaches, (though yesterday at the ex east west club meet, some of the guys were talking of cockroach infestation in chinese restaurants. rats too). but no rats in here. no mosquitos either.

i was thinking it is great in london where we never have to deal with these pests. unlike all the creepy crawlies u can get living in a tropical place. but now moths can be put down in the list as the biggest pest in the northern countries. moths and their liking for wool. (though with so many travelling and carrying pests with them on their clothing, we can get lice, scabies, bedbugs, now.)

 so moths are the only ones in my flat. and frankly quite a minor one. simon is the only one who still wear wool. haha.

they are so well hidden and unobtrusive, if u dont have wool clothing, or carpets , you would never know they existed really.

we have spiders here, but to me they are not an infestation. they are welcomed guests. haha. i was hoping they eat moths, but obviously not. or not enough to get rid of them.

so it looks like the wool trade is doomed. after this would anyone want to bother buying wool clothes? when fleece is so much better, lighter, easy to wash, easy to dry, never smells of damp, never itches… and is 10 times warmer too (that is my opinion by the way, not a subjective one haha).

simon’s wool sweater is supplied to him by his work. my feeling is work places should replace all their wool clothes with fleece. i wonder who invented fleece? best invention since slice bread. haha. 


5 Responses to “wool moth infestation”

  1. Garfield Hug Wednesday February 15, 2017 at 12:36 pm #

    With seasons you get this problem. For me, I find that top loader washing machines tend to leave small holes in my t shirts. Miele is the best of Rolls Royce of washing machines. But they cost a bomb!! Ha ha!

    • alifesgayventure Wednesday February 15, 2017 at 12:44 pm #

      my front loading machine dont seem to make holes, so maybe they are better than top loaders. though i got a wool scarf. i got it free from a homeless people christmas party . it is my priced possession. haha. so that is an exception to my general rule that wool is not warm and is itchy. haha. and i stuff it down the sleeve of a garment when i wash it. just so it dont get torn.
      does singapore also have moth infestations too? hard to believe they live there too, these wool moths. but nature is too inventive and i would not be surprised if there is an equivalent cousin moth there too.

      • Garfield Hug Wednesday February 15, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

        Yes front loaders are gentler. Thankfully we do not have moths that go after our clothes. Maybe too hot and humid ha ha!

      • alifesgayventure Wednesday February 15, 2017 at 12:51 pm #

        when i see the blades that those front loaders have, i get the shivers. haha. that must do some damage to clothes surely, even if they are gentle about it. but does it mean u have to take the clothes out to spin dry on another gadget? with our front loaders, the spin drying is all done as a continuation of the washing. so u can just put the wash in and just forget about it until it is all finished. then u must take them out quick otherwise it will smell mouldy if left there too long.

      • Garfield Hug Wednesday February 15, 2017 at 2:32 pm #

        Top loader is full automatic to spin dry too. 1 wash, 1 rinse spin dry, wash and final rinse plus spin dry. Good thing about top loaders, I can add stuff I forget during wash cycle.

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