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Brits Experiencing Moth Trouble With Their Cashmeres

Pest control experts in Britain have claimed that the popularity of cashmere, which is cheaper and more readily available than ever has meant more and more people are experiencing trouble with moths .

Pest control company Rentokil was quoted by Scotsman as saying that the number of calls received to deal with moths has risen by 25 per cent over the last year.

"We're currently receiving a high number of calls about moths. There is a real problem which appears to have been caused by the warmer winter and greater use of central heating. Cashmere has become particularly popular recently and moths love it," a company spokesman said.

However, environmentalists such as Sir David Attenborough say moths are under threat and 53 species have been listed as a priority for conservation.

Naturalists say moths are the recyclers of the natural world, breaking down fur, wool and feathers in the wild. Only two of the 2,500 species in Britain are known to eat clothes.

Here are ten ways to keep your clothes from becoming a moth meal.

Moth Balls: Soaked with a noxious cocktail of chemical insecticide and deodorant, mothballs are the traditional way of dealing with the household moth. Soaked in naphalene they emit a gas poisonous to moths and their larvae.

Freeze your Cashmeres: Keeping your cashmere in the deep freeze may seem extreme but many believe it is the best solution to moths. Moths cannott survive in sub zero temperatures so freezing is a sure fire way to make sure your cardie stays hole free.

Hang your clothes: Dropping your jumpers and cardies on the floor can be a disaster if you want to avoid moths. The little blighters love to lay their eggs in carpets - so leave clothes lying round and they are likely to end up full of holes. Hanging them up is better.

Zip up your Cashmeres: Cashmere shops like Belinda Robertson in Edinburgh sell all their jumper
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