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    Default Alternative to Mothballs ???

    So I've seen all of the posts where people are talking about losing their feathers and fur to the little creepy crawlers and how they should use moth balls, so.......

    My fly tying area stinks to high heaven. There has GOT to be a better way to keep the bugs away. I currently store my tying items in 2 - Sterilite 3 drawer plastic containers on my tying desk. I don't want to store my stuff in sealed boxes or anything that would make it less convenient. Is there anything less odoriferous???

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    Default Re: Alternative to Mothballs ???

    You may use natural lavanda

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    Default Re: Alternative to Mothballs ???

    Cedar Balls are supposed to do the same job as Napthalene???,however they do smell better.

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    Default Re: Alternative to Mothballs ???

    Maybe it's just me, but i've been tying for ten years and have never had a bug problem. Granted I think it's just a matter of time.

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    Default Re: Alternative to Mothballs ???

    ceder chips

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    Default Re: Alternative to Mothballs ???

    I guess I'll give cedar chips a try.

    Thanks,
    WD

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    Default Re: Alternative to Mothballs ???

    Quote Originally Posted by whalensdad View Post
    I guess I'll give cedar chips a try.

    Thanks,
    WD
    it's the reason they make ceder bottoms on older clothes drawers.

    We used to make small ceder Christmas trees in the boy scouts for our parents to put in with clothes or hang in a closet.

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    Default Re: Alternative to Mothballs ???

    Cedar chips won't kill moth larva:

    Does Cedar Actually Repel Moths?

    Does Cedar Repel Clothes Moths?

    Purchased materials should be OK. Store them in separate zip lock bags.

    For harvested materials like feathers, I freeze then for about a week to kill the larva and adult bugs. Then take them out of the freezer for about 3 weeks to let any eggs hatch and refreeze for another week. Do a second cycle and you should have no live larva, bugs or eggs left. No nasty chemicals either.
    Regards,

    Silver



    "Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought"..........Szent-Gyorgy

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    Default Re: Alternative to Mothballs ???

    Can't you keep all of the materials in the containers with the mothballs except the material you are tying with?
    This has worked for me for a long time including the past 10 years of living in the south where bugs have a LONG season to find stuff to eat. Truth-be-told, I also keep them in sealed zip lock bags inside of the containers. Better safe than sorry as the old saying goes.

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    Default Re: Alternative to Mothballs ???

    Quote Originally Posted by lancer09 View Post
    Maybe it's just me, but i've been tying for ten years and have never had a bug problem. .
    You are the first

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