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Topic: How effective is cedar at repelling moths and vermin??  (Read 687 times)
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« on: June 05, 2012 09:51:44 AM »

I have access to some cedar woodworking leftovers and am wondering how much is needed to protect a given sized garment/piece of cloth. I have seen large plastic totes sold that have a small cedar block attached to the lid that's supposed to protect all the contents in the tote, but am not sure if that only works because the tote is sealed and relatively air tight. Huh

 For example, if I had some 1" cedar rods made and rolled cloth around them, would that offer sufficient protection for several yards, even if the outside layer was 2"-3" away from the cedar? What if the outside layer was 5"-6" away?

Or if you left a knitting project on cedar needles and put it away for a while, would the needles be enough to protect your project, if it was around maybe 1-2 square feet?  How about something larger?
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2012 06:43:21 PM »

It's the volatile oils in cedar that both give it that yummy smell and repels bugs. I just toss in some cedar balls with my sweaters during summer storage and forget about it. I should think that unless you already have a moth problem, or are storing your stuff where moths can get to your goodies (like a crappy shed), it shouldn't even be a problem. That said, the stronger the smell, the more effective the piece of cedar will be. A couple small chunks of freshly cut cedar in your stash/WIP storage area should be a decent deterrent for a year or so. Fresh cedar might get bits of bark all over your goodies, but would be just as effective.

If you're worried anything might have moth eggs in it, double-garbage-bag it and huck it in the freezer for a week.

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