On clothes moths and other assumptions

Another draft-folder post. I’m guessing from May or June this year.

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Today, I wore one of my favourite T-shirts to work.

It’s a mottly grey colour with silver stitching. It’s made of viscose and, at least in my opinion – which doesn’t count for much when it comes to clothes – is well cut, in a very casual kind of way.

Anyway.

During lunch my colleague, WorkD, points at me and asks me what I’m going to do about my moth problem.

“Um..”

Until then I wasn’t aware I even had a moth problem*.

“..I..”

He told me I had little holes in my shirt and that I should do something about the moths if I wasn’t already.

“Well,..”

He told me that I have the option of lavender or cedar wood, or something chemical. He doesn’t recommend the chemicals, but he’d go for them over doing nothing.

“Yeah?”

Definitely.
Or you could get wasps. There are varieties that eat moth eggs, and varieties that lay their own eggs in the grubs. Either way, they get rid of the moths.

“Madness.”

Or there are pheromone traps…
But you should definitely do something about them immediately – you don’t only have cotton T-shirts, and when they eat their way through your good stuff, you’ll be upset.

“Mmm..”

I tried to remember ANY piece of clothing in my wardrobe which isn’t made of cotton (or viscose), and couldn’t think of a single thing. As far as I’m aware, I’m not missing out either.

Not that I said anything – I was still thinking about why ‘good stuff’ can’t be made of cotton. And what ‘good stuff’ even is. How is it defined? How are you supposed to decide whether something is ‘good’ or not, other than based on whether you like it and whether it fits. Looks are a matter of taste, what I think looks good on someone, might be thought of as hideous by someone else.

“They prefer leather and wool and natural animal based clothing, but they’ll eat through cotton to get there.”

I don’t wear wool because it makes me itch. I have one pair of leather walking boots and a couple of pairs of not-real-leather shoes. I don’t wear polyester because it usually either makes me sweat like crazy, or squeaks, or just feels unpleasant. I don’t have any silk, but not for any specific reason, I just don’t.

I pity any creature who would choose to eat my walking boots.

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I’m on my way home to pick lavender and sprinkle it in the wardrobes. I think I noticed a very small hole in one of DB’s T-shirts while hanging up the washing, I wonder if he’ll appreciate his lavender-scented clothing….

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*Actually, that’s not quite true. I know I had a major moth problem in my old house, but they were too busy eating my food to be worried about my clothes.

That was 1 1/2 years ago and I’m glad it counts as history.

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