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Attack of the tiny moths!

For spring cleaning this year, I thought I’d really get in those corners and under furniture. I moved a chair aside and was surprised to see a section of rug the size of my open hand completely denuded of wool! What the heck was going on?

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I got out my magnifying glass but could see nothing, I thought maybe something had spilled there (under a chair?) and eaten away at the carpet unnoticed. I started vacuuming and found a few more, smaller holes in the carpet. I got down to inspect and I flipped over the carpet, not much to see. It was a mystery. Just as I was getting back to work, I noticed a tiny moth crawl out from the carpet. OMG, could moths be eating my carpets?

After a thorough inspection of the whole house with a flashlight and a magnifying glass, I discovered to my horror, that I had moths eating 4 of my beautiful wool rugs.
Aaaccckkk! And Eecckkk! Why to do? Research! Turns out I have an infestation of the evil webbing cloths moth.

I called 4 exterminators, no love there – there is no spray for these babys. Rug cleaning places won’t take them. I sat down and wept – I’ve got to get rid of them! How? More research.

I find that there are only a few sure ways to get rid of them;
1) seal the moths, and the item they are eating in a dark plastic container with mothballs and the vapor will kill them.
2) dry clean the item
3) wash in hot water and dry in a hot dryer.

OK, to work! Here are my supplies,

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Each carpet got 6 to 10 little organza bags filled with mothballs.  Don’t they look like little party favors?

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Then I tightly wrapped every carpet and underpad in the  whole house up in thick black plastic, labeled it and stored them all in the garage.  Whew , what a job!

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THEN, while I was washing EVERY SINGLE ITEM MADE OF FABRIC, I vacuumed , swiftered and them washed every inch of flooring in the house.

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I washed every pillow, slipcover, sheet, blanket, sweater, pants…everything!  I’m so exhausted I can hardly move.  If I never see another moth, it will be too soon!

Here’s more information about the evil little monster –

Clothes moths are seldom seen because they avoid light. They prefer dark, undisturbed areas such as closets, basements and attics, and tend to live in corners or in folds of fabric. If you do see tiny moths flying about in the kitchen and other open areas, they are probably grain moths originating from some infested cereal, flour or stored food item. Clothes moth adults do not feed so they cause no injury to fabrics. However, the adults produce eggs which hatch into the fabric-eating larvae.

As mentioned earlier, clothes moths feed on a variety of animal-based materials, including wool, fur, silk, feathers and leather. Items commonly infested include wool sweaters, coats, blankets, carpets, decorative items, down pillows and comforters, toys and animal trophies. Synthetic fabrics such as polyester and rayon are rarely attacked unless blended with wool, or if they are heavily soiled with food stains or body oils. The larvae prefer to feed in dark, undisturbed areas such as closets, attics, and within boxes where woolens and furs are stored for long periods.

Clothing and blankets in constant use are seldom damaged by clothes moths, nor are rugs that get a normal amount of traffic or are routinely vacuumed. Edges of carpeting next to walls or underneath furniture are often attacked.  Clothes moths may also be found infesting upholstered furniture (both inside and out), and in air ducts where the larvae may be feeding on lint, shed pet hair and other bits of debris.

The little bastards!

KISMET

Interesting…today on Dictionary.com, the word of the day is KISMET.  That is how I feel about this completely insane idea I have to move.  I have fallen in love with a house with lots of light and lots of work … but it is calling to me.  Were we destined to be together? Is it Kismet?

Here she is in the summer..mmmmmm

WEA Arts Circus – extraordinary!

The WEA* Arts Circus was another stunner.   A surprise bequest topped off a great evening!                                  

Around the neck

You asked for it, you’ve got it.  I’ve had a number of requests for pictures of some Neckboards around an actual neck.  Here are a few pix.   Neckboards are small, medium and large but all of them are as light as air.  Most of the ‘boards shown here are large.  Each is made from a well-used skateboard deck, hand cut, sanded 3 times, hand painted and finished with a layer of crystal clear resin. 

UPHOLSTERY PROJECT BEGUN

I have two balloon back chairs and a settee that I picked up ages ago at an auction. They are a mess – no fabric, no springs or webbing left on them. Just a million tiny tacks and nails to remove.  They look like they have been sitting on a dirty garage for 15 years … as they have been. The wood is cracked in several places and there are many nasty scrapes on the finish. The worst part is that it looks as though they have been reupholstered a several times and so many nails have been used that the wood, in places,  is more hole than wood.  I hope they are not too far gone.

I am going to try to document and post the entire project using only my iPhone camera and WordPress app.  I have missed day one and two, when I pulled out a thousand nails – hours of work!  Then I cleaned off the grime and dirt with numerous applications of oil soap.

Today, I injected glue into several cracked and separating areas of one chair and clamped it all tight. Keep my fingers crossed that it holds!

As of this minute, they have been injected with glue and clamped tight using a band clamp and ordinary hand clamps.

I finally have my Neckboard shop working!

It took a lot of work  figure out how to get e-commerce set up on my website.  I’m testing it out with my Neckboards.  Everything seems to work well – I have actually had a sale!  Problem is… I can’t change the shipping cost.  I’ll figure it out sooner or later.