I recently acquired a beautiful, brand new designer dress that's much nicer than anything I've had in my wardrobe before. I've worn it once and have been hanging it up to air out. Is it better to get it dry cleaned before storing it, or will it be easier on the fabric to put it away in its worn-once state? I don't want to put unnecessary stress on the fabric from the dry cleaning process, but I really, really
don't want to find moth holes in the dress several months from now, either. [more inside]
posted by Orinda
on Apr 26, 2014 -
My local dry cleaner sells what they describe as moth proof plastic clothing bags. They're blue colored and have a slight chemical smell. You're supposed to twist-tie the tops closed. The dry cleaner says he has no information about them. Anyone know anything about these bags and what the chemical is?
posted by Jackson
on Aug 26, 2013 -
My brother and I explored an old mine and found these moths with white spiky protrusions
lining the walls. At first I thought they were some kind of extending water-gathering device (they are covered in condensed drops), but then I realized that these moths were all dead. The place was a veritable mautholeum. The stuff now appears to me to be some kind of fungus — could it be the dreaded Cordyceps
in our back yard? Or is it something less exotic?
posted by BlackLeotardFront
on Aug 8, 2013 -
I want to make some large moth-proof bags out of Tyvek. What should I seal the seams with? How do I make an re-sealable opening that I can open easily as needed but thwarts the little buggers when closed.
posted by Jackson
on Jul 9, 2013 -
I have a MAJOR infestation of clothes moths. I've read advice on here about how to get rid of them and how to keep them away, but I still have some questions. Please help before all of our beautiful clothes are ruined! [more inside]
posted by joan_holloway
on Sep 13, 2012 -
[Worcester, MA filter] What type of caterpillars/moths make their cocoons on trees like this
? I see them every year and always forget to ask!
posted by Draccy
on Aug 20, 2011 -
Last year, tiny (moth?) larvae ate all my giant sunflowers. What can I do to prevent this from happening again this year? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph
on Jul 13, 2011 -
While tubing down the Green River in western NC, I came across this
curious caterpillar floating in the water. This is the largest caterpillar
I've ever seen, and I'm baffled by it. Mind helping to identify it
posted by moonbird
on Aug 30, 2010 -
What would YOU want to say to a clothes moth? (to keep those dang clothes moths away from my wool and my fur.) [more inside]
posted by custard heart
on Aug 7, 2010 -
How do I get people to respect my phobia? How do I make them stop antagonizing me by showing me the thing I'm afraid of? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain
on Jun 28, 2008 -
What non-toxic substance can I add to boxes of clothes to prevent moths from eating them? [more inside]
posted by alms
on Jun 5, 2007 -
What are these little worm-like things? They're crawling all over my kitchen ceiling (I keep my kitchen clean) and it's grossing me out. [more inside]
posted by sa3z
on May 12, 2007 -
I am looking for images/art/photos of moths suitable for stencilling and/or tattooing. Google is the first place I looked, and while there's a lot of material out there, I'm hoping the human element can help me narrow my search. [+] [more inside]
posted by Jairus
on Feb 12, 2005 -
how can we protect a wool wall hanging from being eaten by bugs? we bought this in mexico a couple of years ago, and it's been hanging on the wall in our bedroom. looking at it now, after moving house, it has "bald" patches and holes. we can probably repair the holes to keep it in one piece, but how do we stop further degradation? thanks.
(there's not much point in suggesting commercial chemical solutions by name, as we probably won't be able to find them; we'd like to continue to display it on the wall; also, since it's only been on the wall, it's relatively clean - googling seems to suggest this means it would not be damaged... - and we haven't seen a particularly large number of bugs near the hanging).
posted by andrew cooke
on Apr 4, 2004 -