Fabric Pests

f-1 Shortly after the turn of the century, fumigants were used extensively to control clothes moths and carpet beetles. This man has covered his upholstered furniture with a rubberized bag and is pouring a fumigant into a built-in valve. The method of control was awkward and did not give lasting protection against further insect damage.
Saucers were part of the paraphernalia used in home fumigation of clothes in 1920. Clothes were placed in a trunk. Then the saucers, filled with a fumigant, were placed on top of the clothes and the trunk was sealed. The liquids evaporated, forming a gas that killed clothes moths and other insects in the clothes. f-2
f-3 Since 1946, the use of modern insecticides has replaced fumigants as the customary method of controlling fabric pests such as clothes moths and carpet beetles. Stored clothing can be quickly and easily pest-proofed with a 5-percent DDT oil spray. When dry, the woolens will be safe from insect damage during storage for several years.
Washable woolens are protected from insect damage when washed or rinsed in water containing a few spoonfuls of EQ-53, a recently developed product that is sold under different trade names. f-4


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