Good Questions: Are The Tiny Holes in My Shirts from Moths?

Good Questions: Are The Tiny Holes in My Shirts from Moths?

Maxwell Ryan
May 9, 2007

Hello AT,

I'm not sure if this is a question you'd address on your site, but I thought I'd give it a shot.

3 of my shirts have turned up recently with what appears to be moth holes in them. Small, uneven holes in the middle of the garment. The thing is, I haven't seen any moths or signs of moths in the apartment. I do my laundry myself, so I don't think it's happening in the wash...

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One of the shirts was brand new and had not been washed yet, so I know that wasn't the case with that one. I take pretty good care of my clothes, so I don't think I could have inadvertently ripped them myself and not noticed.

Has this ever happened to anyone before? What do people do to ward off clothes-eating moths besides those horrid smelling moth balls?

Thanks! Julia

Dear Julia,

We can't say for sure, but we do know that we have gotten moth holes in our clothing WITHOUT ever seeing moths. Somehow they can do their work and not fly around in front of your eyes. Perhaps they come in the night...

We vaguely remember that someone once told us that its the moth babies who make the holes and when they fly that is much later on.

Does anyone have more info???

Aside from that, we use CEDAR blocks in our closet which are much nicer than moth balls and seem to work well when fresh.

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