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Moths are ruining my sweaters (and life). How do I get rid of them? Add to ...

The question

Moths are ruining my life, creating holes in my favourite cashmere sweater. How do I get rid of them (without stinking of mothballs)?

The answer

Moths are much more likely to make a meal of your cashmere when it’s dirty (from sweat or food stains) because they like the moisture. So your first line of defence is the dry cleaner. When I asked Cherie Federau, founder of the vintage-fashion website Shrimpton Couture, she urged regular cleaning in addition to storing sweaters in sealable plastic bags.

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“Spend the money on cleaning and not mothballs!” she insists. As for scented deterrents that are non-toxic (and more economical than cedar closets), consider lavender. My mother makes her own lavender sachets, which she tucks between her sweaters. Another option: pesticide-free “pheromone” moth traps. These little boxes adhere to your closet wall and are intended to attract and capture moths.

Finally, freezing garments for a few days (between –18 to –25 C, Federau suggests) can kill larvae. But don’t let moths turn you into Godzilla; just let the dry cleaner do the dirty work.

Amy Verner is The Globe and Mail’s Paris-based style reporter. Have a fashion question? E-mail style@globeandmail.com.

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