*A moth is a dangerous insect especially if you are a knitwear designer with a room stacked high with gorgeous, highly desirable to moths, cashmere knitwear.. If we were blighted by moths it would a little like a farm being infected by foot and mouth. We cannot let it happen and have consequently spent much time finding the best cure and prevention.
These are our suggestions for preventing moths, but sadly none are fool proof.
LOVELY BUT INEFFECTUAL
Lavender or cedar balls smell delicious but are not potent enough against the mighty moth.
‘Doom’, the brilliantly named moth spray, is now outlawed by the EU.
SIMPLE ORGANIC ADVICE
The more the knitwear is, either moved or preferably worn the better. The moth takes awhile to tuck into that cosy armpit of a cashmere cardigan so if its occasionally worn the moth is less likely to take a grip.
REFER TO THE EXPERT
There is supremely informative website which will tell you EVERYTHING you need to know about the breeding cycle of a moth as well as selling some excellent sprays and traps. The premise is to break the breeding cycle of the moth. Bob Childs, a conservationist, runs www.historyonics.com and will help out with any problems.
SIMPLE BUT EFFECTIVE
Large moth traps can be bought from www.manufactum.co.uk for £8.60 each. This is a company, based in Germany, that sells all manner of useful things and although the instructions for setting up the trap are in German its fairly obvious what to do.
DESPERATE MEASURES FOR MOTHEATEN KNITWEAR
If the moths have already savaged your knitwear, here are a few (none too exciting) ideas. First of all using some similar colour thread sew the hole together. Unlikely though it may seem the result is often neater if sewn on the reverse side of the hole. Then handwash your cardigan, dry it, then pop it into a plastic bag and put in the deep freeze for a week. Washing alone will not kill the moth lavae but the freezing should.
You could make a feature out of the hole by blanket stitching around the hole in a contrast coloured yarn (a little like bullet holes?).
Or buy an adorable small bag of 5 iron on moth patches from the ingenious website www.twistedtwee.co.uk .
FINALLY, IF ALL ELSE FAILS, YOU COULD BUY A REPLACEMENT CARDIGAN FROM MUIR AND OSBORNE.