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How to protect wool?

Posted by: Colleena (IP Logged)
Date: July 30, 2009 03:23PM

Okay, I put the Marino wool yarn in a baggie with cedar balls and started my project. Sealed shut bag and left it for about 3 weeks while working on other projects. Opened the baggie and there were WORMY THINGS EATING THE YARN!!!!

I can't do moth balls because of cats and allergies. I'm about ready to swear off any natural fiber because it seems that no matter what I do, it gets EATEN!!!

Help!!!!

Also, is alpaca bug resistant?

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Posted by: KT (IP Logged)
Date: July 30, 2009 03:40PM

Cedar balls, lavender, bay leaves, etc., are repellents -- not bug killers.

Do you have problems with moths/carpet beetles, etc., generally in your home? If yes, then they need to be cleared out of your home or none of your wool will be safe.

If you don't have problems in your home, then where did you get the yarn? If you have frequently had problems from a common source for your yarn, try to avoid that store or source.

If this is an occasional problem that may be seasonal, try storing your wool and other yarns subject to these little critters in the freezer. It will at least put those pests into hibernation until you can get to your project and find them out before they do damage.

Posted by: Colleena (IP Logged)
Date: July 31, 2009 06:00PM

It must be from the source. I don't have the bugs in my home - got rid of all carpeting.

I guess they are larva.

So what do I do to KILL these critters? I took the skein of yarn and rewound it into a ball and didn't see anything at that time, so thought I was safe. Sigh.

What about alpaca yarn? Is it more resistant?