Collections of the Pass: Have Vacuum, Will Travel

In my previous post, I wrote about the mess made in our clothing collections by a herd of wee, destructive moth larvae. In this post, I'll share what I've been doing to clean up that mess and make sure the party is over. We'll start with making sure the moths are dead. The biggest problem with moth larvae is that they can stay around for quite awhile. From what I've read, three years seems to be the magic number: if we stay moth free for three years, then chances are they're well and truly gone. In the meantime though, moth eggs are tiny, and larvae are equally minuscule. They're good at hiding, and may not hatch to adults for months. One way to kill the larvae would be to suck them up throu

Collections of the Pass: An Infestation

It's been a busy couple of months in Collections at the museum. I've been neck deep in caring for our textile collection, and it's been a bit of a bumpy road. I blame these little guys: Known as the webbing clothes moth, these insects can wreak havoc on clothing, especially anything made with fur, feathers, wool, and silk. They managed to get into some of our collections, and it's my job to clean up the mess. The adult moths (pictured above) aren't technically the problem. They only live for a short time, and they don't even have mouths to feed. It's due to the children that I've spent the last two months armed with a vacuum. Moth larvae weave themselves a protective blanket of silk under wh

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