A word to strike fear in the heart of any knitter: moths.
In short, if you see this guy, panic.
Since the spring weather has finally arrived, I decided to dig around in the bottom of my closet to get out some of my summer shirts, and put away some of our heavier sweaters.
I was moving things around, and spotted a little flying thing. A little flying thing that looked suspiciously like the one above...
And then one of its friends appeared.
And I knew. We had moths. Oddly, for a wool-obsessed knitter, they're not in my stash, but in our bedroom closet. We pulled everything out of the closet, took two giant armfuls to the dry cleaners, and threw everything else in the laundry.
While this was going on, I did a bit of research, thanks to Wikipedia and University of Kentucky Entomology department. Moths are scary for a number of reasons: they eat your clothes and particularly your wool, but they can also be quite difficult to get rid of without nasty chemicals. (If it was still winter, I could have just left everything outside - freezing works well.) We vacuumed the entire closet, all surfaces, and we did use an insecticide spray.
This would have been easier if it had hit my stash, since it's easier to package things up for freezing - or indeed cooking, as 45 mins at 120 degrees F also works - but it's a little harder with actual clothes.
We've got cedar strips in the closet now, will put in traps and will continue to monitor closely.
Now I'm just looking for someone with an ironing fetish to help me with the 50+ items waiting to go back into the closet...