Clothes moths are well-known fabric pests in the home. Carpet beetles are just as destructive and are more abundant than clothes moths in many areas.
Carpet beetle larvae do not spin webs and have a tuft of long brown hair at the end of the body. Clothing moth larvae leave behind a silken web as they feed.
When the moth is in its whitish worm-like larva stage, it eats wool and furs and does its damage. The moth also likes dimly lit areas so much damage can be done before it is even seen.
Use Effective Preventive Measures
Practicing good housekeeping habits is an important step to protect your clothing against fabric insect damage. Use the vacuum cleaner for most of this cleaning. Spray the vacuum bag with CEDAR-AL cedar spray prior to vacuuming and dispose of the bag contents promptly; it may include eggs, larvae, or adult insects.
Purchase woolens or woolen synthetic blends that have already been treated by the manufacturer with a moth-resistant compound. Brush woolen clothing often to remove insects and their eggs.
Although we recommend spraying it on an inconspicuous area prior to treating the entire carpet, you can spray your carpeting safely with the CEDAR-AL cedar spray as it is color safe for most fabrics.
For temporary storage, protect woolen articles by placing dryer sheets sprayed heavily with the CEDAR-AL cedar spray or pieces of cloth in the container or closet in which the articles are stored.
To hold the vapors, the container (garment bag, chest, box or trunk) must be airtight. If storing woolens in a closet without placing them into containers see that the closet is tightly sealed. When you spray, avoid breathing the spray and wash your hands afterward. Dry items thoroughly before packing.
The CEDAR-AL cedar spray soaked dryer sheets or pieces of cloth should be placed in a shallow container on a shelf, or suspended from a clothes rod or hook in a thin cloth bag or perforated container.
Cedar Closets and Chests
Heavy and tightly constructed cedar closets and chests can be the ultimate luxury in storage. If they are thin and loosely constructed, they can smell good and still be worth no more than cardboard boxes.
The concentration of volatile oil in the heartwood of cedar kills moth larvae, but the smell does not repel them as the cedar spray does. A cedar chest or closet must have at least 3/4-inch thickness of heartwood and must close tightly to keep the oil from evaporating to be effective against moths. The value of a cedar chest lies in the fact that it will kill newly hatched or young worms. It will not kill eggs, worms after they are half grown, as the cedar spray does or deter the adult moth as the cedar spray does. To be effective, the cedar chest must be kept tightly closed and the garments stored must be clean and free of moths.
Although they may smell good, herbal potpourris are not an alternative to deter moths. The United States Department of Agriculture has proved that many herbs are ineffective including allspice, baking soda, camphor, cayenne pepper, eucalyptus leaves, and lavender flowers.
The herbal potpourris do have pleasant fragrances and can be useful in reducing mothball odor. Suspend them in small cloth bags in the storage containers. The scent does wear off, but can be preserved if you add some orris root or calamus powder as a fixative.
Dry cleaning is also an effective way to kill moth life.
Back in the early 80’s Glen Orr was taking a leisurely lunch break in a lumber yard when he saw a deer rolling in a pile of cedar chips. Curious, he asked his boss if he knew why the deer was doing this. He learned that deer instinctively know that cedar keeps off tics and fleas off, and are known to roll on fallen cedar trees for this reason.
Glen set about extracting cedar oil from the Northwestern Red Cedar tree by putting shavings into a steam distiller made from an old hot water heater. He worked closely with a chemist from a lab in Seattle to blend the extracted oil with water to make it safe to use on humans and pets, while keeping it strong enough to be an effective natural bug repellent. The chemist also blended the cedar oil in a natural baby shampoo formula and it became as popular as the cedar oil. In 1985 CEDAR-AL, Scandinavian for cedar oil, was born. The same lumber yard and laboratory still work together to provide CEDAR-AL customers with the same cedar oil they have come to love.
Eddie Bauer stocked CEDAR-AL cedar oil and pet shampoo on every shelf of every one of their stores for over a decade, until they discontinued most of their outdoor items to become a clothier instead. Glen Orr walked off into the woods never to be heard from again. His partner, Roberto Martinez was left holding the remnants of Glen’s dream.
CEDAR-AL remained dormant until 2005 when Roberto met, fell in love, and married Elise Crawford. With her children nearly grown, she gladly hung up her nurse’s cap and worked alongside Roberto to nurture CEDAR-AL back to life. Since then, a new label was created for CEDAR-AL, two new products have come on board, cedar oil carpet shampoo and an enzyme cleaner, Triple Action Plus, and an online store was created. When a photo of the original label was posted on the website, former Eddie Bauer customers flocked to the website, so relieved that CEDAR-AL wasn’t lost to them forever.
"We use the cedar shampoo for our dog and our son's dog. We use the cedar spray for the bedding, small amount under his bedding. Plus I spray in our musty cellar. I also spray around the door ways and windows to help keep bugs away. I spray in my cedar closets to freshen them up also. I put on cotton balls under furniture and in cupboards to freshen those places. It is sprayed on cotton balls and I make little scarves for my pets, with that oil and lavender that I grow to repel fleas when he is playing outside. I use it actually everywhere. Also in my blanket chest to store seasonal clothes and blankets. Soooo much better then moth balls. Spray my screens with it. I love the stuff, as you can see. It is simply a wonderful fresh smell. Some goes in my wash water every once in a while to wash floors also, just a tiny amount. There are many uses for it. I dilute it in a spray bottle with water to spray around my house and closets. So as not to be too strong or irritating to the nose or skin if comes in contact, plus it helps to go further for me as I do use it a lot!!! Thank you for your wonderful products. I always tell people about you, keep up great smelling products!"
Roberto and Elise Martinez
Ma and Pa CEDAR-AL
Mother Nature’s Pest Control Since 1985
Welcome to cedaroil.com the home of CEDAR-AL products. We are a family-based business since 1985. You may remember our products sold at Eddie Bauer before they switched to an outfitter store. The same product you love and remember is sold here. Our mission has always been to provide natural and environmentally safe products. We pride ourselves in that we give customers another choice, a safer alternative, rather than one with long term risks in comparison to systemic risky topical flea treatments and DEET products.
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CEDAR-AL cedar oil is colorless and safe to use on most fabrics.