Wool upholstery is soft, warm and extremely strong, yet it can be completely destroyed by the smallest of creatures - the moth. To protect wool upholstery from invasion by moths it's important to understand the life cycle of these pests. Moths lay eggs in secluded, dark places away from sunlight. Once the eggs hatch they need an immediate source of food, and burrow deep down into the fibers of wool upholstery, and begin to consume enormous quantities of food in order to spin their cocoons. Inside their cocoons, safely insulated from sunlight, they continue to move about and consume more and more wool. When they develop into pupae the feeding frenzy ends, and they emerge as adult moths. The moths go immediately in search of a mate, so that they can breed, lay eggs, and begin the cycle all over again. One generation of moths can lay as many as twenty million eggs in one year, so it's easy to see why these pests are so destructive and how important it is to protect your wool furniture from these invaders.
The best moth protection is prevention. Brush wool upholstery thoroughly and frequently to destroy the eggs. Since the eggs need a dark, secluded place to hatch, be sure to get all the seams, corners and edges. Pay particular attention to the undersides of cushions and the bottom of chairs and sofas. Brush cushions and pillows thoroughly. In addition, you can use moth protection sprays. These sprays don't kill moths, but they make the wool taste bad, and therefore encourage these little pests to go elsewhere to breed. If damage has already begun, spray with an insectiside containing naphthalene, and then brush again. Remember, thorough and frequent brushing will enable you, and not the moths, to enjoy your fine wool furniture for years.
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