Monthly Q & A
Do moths really cause moth holes?
Moth holes are sometimes caused by particular types of moths (but not the type you
typically see flying around at night) , but sometimes by other insects.
Direct damage occurs when insects such as webbing cloth moths feed directly on fabrics
such as wool, mohair, fur, feathers, and down. They also damage blended fibers such
Indirect damage occurs when insects such as silverfish, beetles, and roaches feed
on leftover food, perspiration, drink spills and starch on the fabric. For this reason,
any stains should be removed from a garment before it is stored.
Using moth balls or cedar chests or chips can help prevent insect damage, but the
odors can linger and garments will need to be aired out.
Please send us your dry cleaning and fabric care questions and we will answer one
here each month.