The moth caterpillar can inhabit any home, and is not a sign of poor domestic hygiene! The egg-laying adult moth, attracted by a light source, can enter homes via an open window. Once the eggs are laid and larvae newly hatched, they feed on the wool fibres. Jerseys and sweaters, unworn during summer, subsequently develop holes making them un-wearable.
Mothballs are available as a pungent deterrent, and can now be bought in an odourless format. One form of defence is to keep wool sweaters and jerseys in polythene bags when they are not in use. Plastic is an item not on the moths' menu. Another good preventative is lavender, which has a more pleasant perfume and loads of other benefits too.
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