How do we combat moths and silverfish without using toxic chemicals to fumigate them and us in the process? The answer lies in Aromatic Red Cedar Wood. It had been used for centuries in closet (wardrobe) making to protect against moths, silverfish and mildew. Cedar chests and cabinets were once used to store clothes and important paperwork. Closets, drawers and bookshelves were often lined with Cedar Veneer. Cedar wood is now making a comeback. You can freshen up your closet with one U.S. online store, greenboatstuff.com They sell the brand Cedar Fresh which makes cedar hanger rings, cedar balls and cedar blocks.
Cedar hangers are great too for hanging your clothes on. You can find cedar wood closet fresheners on Amazon. Every six to twelve months just lightly sand the cedar to release the oil. This will help to permeate (spread throughout) the smell of the cedar through your closet.
Clothes! They are a commodity that we humans cannot do without. They help us to keep warm in winter and cool in summer. So you would want to protect your clothes as much as they protect you. You would think that by hanging them in your closet would be protection enough; however musty (damp smelling) dark closets and pesky silverfish/moths will ruin them in a short span of time. In truth, it is not the moth that destroys your clothes but the larvae (maggots, grubs, worms) that hatch out of the eggs they lay. Moths lay around fifty eggs within a three week period. Those eggs take ten days to hatch into larvae in warm weather.
The metamorphosis (changing) of larvae into a cocoon then moth and laying eggs once more takes around six months. Even though the moth dies after laying the eggs, you can see that it is a ratio of 50/1 which means it is a never ending cycle. Silverfish mature from egg to juvenile (young) adult within six weeks. Talk about having to grow up fast! They run fast too! Silverfish love eating fabric, paper and glue but will extend their appetite to eating flour and oats.
Tip: Give your clothes spacing in the closet for air circulation. Having poor ventilation will only harbor moths, silverfish and mildew. Vacuum regularly.
Quote: Our clothes are too much a part of us for most of us ever to be entirely indifferent to their condition: it is as though the fabric were indeed a natural extension of the body, or even of the soul. – Quentin Bell
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