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Operation Clothes Moth Now For REVENGE

Clothes Moths
Clothes Moths
English Heritage declares War after 5-fold increase in Moths!

It's the downside of Spring, and moment we all dread seeing the first Clothes Moths fluttering out of our cupboards, then spotting those fatal tiny holes. Yes, April is the cruelest month as far as cashmere is concerned. From now until November, it's open season for moths. Eggs that lay dormant all winter are hatching into tiny larvae, whose one purpose is to munch their way to adulthood, preferably on your and your readers' most expensive garments.

We all know the damage and the heartache. We're pretty sure that the problem's been getting worse. But now it is official: this nation-wide infestation is 5 times worse! English Heritage has detected a 5-fold increase in the moth population in the rugs and furnishings of their 400 properties. And they are giving us a chance of revenge.

Trap Them
English Heritage have had the brilliant idea of giving away free Moth Traps at each of its 400 properties. Pick one up, set it up in a cupboard or under a sofa - wherever you feel the moths may be hatching out -then wait and count the casualties. These flimsy traps really work - there's a sticky strip, infused with the female pheromone but be warned, you only catch the males. And of course it is the females that lay the eggs (in clusters of 50 to 200).

Attack the larvae
By the time you spot a fluttering moth, It's already too late: the damage has been done, by the horrible little larvae that have probably been eating your clothes for days. Spray or squash any adult as soon as possible, before mating and egg-laying can get going, but see our 10 Tips for how to attack the larvae.

The Lemongrass Trading Company has added a revolutionary ingredient to their chief Weapon of Moth Destruction, their 100% Natural Lemongrass & Cedarwood Anti-Moth Spray. The new addition is not exactly an insecticide but has what's known as anti-feedant properties. It stops the larva from feeding, and hey presto, even if it hatches it can't do damage. It's really new, and totally plant-based and eco-friendly. (www.lemongrasstrading.com)
Ten Tips
Here are 10 Tips To Help Save Our English Heritage (and your Sweaters) from the 21st Century Moth Invasion, brought to you by "green" and eco-friendly people who really understand how to deal with moths the natural and non-chemical way:

1. By the time you spot one of these tiny moths (Tineola bisslliella) fluttering from a cashmere sweater or silk pashmina, it's already late in the game. Embark on a cleaning frenzy now.

2. Moths love every speck of dirt, every splash of food, every trace of sweat. The adult female lays up to 200 eggs, and she'll choose any spot of dirt or bodily traces where the larvae (tiny caterpillar-like creatures that do the actual munching) can feed. Check garments as you take them off, sponge off any splashes you can see. Wash frequently and thoroughly.

3. Dry cleaning is expensive, but essential for suits, coats and jackets before you store them away. But even dry cleaning does not destroy the eggs which the female likes to lay in dark, warm, undisturbed havens like seams, turn-ups, crotches, armpits, Turn inside out and brush seams fiercely. (Do this over the bath, or onto newspaper - you do not want the eggs to hatch later in your carpets or bedding).

4. Moths hate the light; so hang clothes by an open window in the sun. If you possibly can, take your clothes out of doors, and beat them briskly with an old-fashioned carpet beater, an old tennis racket or even a ping-pong bat! You are aiming to dislodge any remaining eggs.

5. Storage: once every item is clean, wrap individually in plastic bags (clear ones are best, so you can see what is what) then seal. Keep each sweater or cardigan or scarf in its own bag - this is a terrible bore, but then if some nasty little larva does unfortunately hatch out, it can only bore a hole in one item and not the whole pile.

6. Now embark on the floor and furniture (I know, but try it in one great blast of energy). Moths lay their eggs on dust balls, fallen hair, old sticky bits of who-knows-what, and single socks! Vacuum every inch of carpet, under rugs and sofas, in dark corners. Vacuum the cracks between floorboards, wash out the dusty corners of wardrobes, wipe shelves, shake empty drawers. (And throw out all those things you thought might some day come in handy!)

7. The Freezer is Cashmere's Best Friend! The same rules apply - clean and well wrapped in plastic. To avoid condensation, enclose a tea towel. Freeze in a normal household freezer for at least 3 weeks, and then allow to thaw out gently. (Add a Label showing the date - it is easy to forget how long it's been there).

8. Now things to get: The small tent-like cardboard Pheromone Traps, with sticky strips that give off a female scent and trap the males, are now being given away at English Heritage properties. Pick one up and join in Operation Clothes Moth.

9. Buy Insect Sprays that are Natural, ‘Green' and Environmentally Friendly. Many of the insecticides you can buy are effective but heavy with man-made chemicals. They smell harsh and unpleasant, and some of them have toxic fumes that you continue to breathe for many hours, even days. That is the reason The Lemongrass Trading Company uses only Natural Essential Oils (such as Lemongrass, Cedarwood and Eucalyptus) and other plant extracts that are traditionally anti-insect, anti-bacterial, anti-feedant and smell divine.

10. The revolutionary new formula of our best-selling Lemongrass & Cedarwood Anti-Moth Spray targets the larvae as well as the adult moths. The Spray comes in 3 sizes (200ml, 125ml. 50ml) and this is where you find it: www.lemongrasstrading.com.

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