Thursday, February 24, 2011

Moth Infestation

Have you ever laundered every single item in your closet - in one day? That's what I did on Monday after letting a moth infestation get out of control.


The little buggers are the size of a large mosquito and when they're in the larval stage, they can wreak havoc. They ate holes in about 10 sweaters - five of them cashmere, one of them lowly cotton - and a wool scarf.


I emptied my closet, did eight loads of laundry (two in gentle cycle), took nine sweaters to the dry cleaners (they're giving me a bulk discount) and filled my cedar chest with other clothes and a "Moth Away" chemical bomb that looks (and smells!) like a urinal cake. I also bought new plastic storage drawers and zip bags for sweaters and dresses. And the exterminator is stopping by tomorrow.

Oh, but doesn't my closet look nice?

2 comments:

Michelle said...

Your closet looks fab! But I am mourning the cashmere sweaters. Can a tailor help? Moths ate my fave wool jacket once and a needle whiz did a fairly good job of darning.

Margie in Oakland said...

So sorry, what a hassle. I am impressed by your organized closet...