HELP US PROTECT OUR HISTORIC PROPERTIES FROM CLOTHES MOTHS
English Heritage today launches Operation Clothes Moth to protect our historic furnishings and fabrics from damage caused by clothes moths.
English Heritage is calling on the public to join Operation Clothes Moth and help protect its historic furnishings and fabrics from the household pest.
The number of clothes moths recorded at English Heritage sites has doubled in the past five years and a new species has appeared on its traps for the first time. These insects can eat through centuries-old carpets, rare tapestries and period clothes in a matter of months.
Operation Clothes Moth will help conservation scientists to get a better picture of the scale of the problem across the country.
From today, anyone visiting a staffed English Heritage site will be able to collect a free clothes moth trap to use in their own home and monitor the presence of clothes moths. Participants can post their results on our website and the resulting information will map the spread of clothes moths across England. It will then help the Charity decide where and how to concentrate its conservation efforts.
Amber Xavier-Rower, Head of Collections Conservation for English Heritage, said:
'At English Heritage we regularly monitor insect pest activity to ensure our collections get the best possible care. Clothes moths are a conservator's worst nightmare. We want to know why numbers are rising so that we can continue to keep them under control.
'Many people already know the exasperation of finding a much-loved jumper or coat destroyed by clothes moths. We now need the public's help to get a better picture of the clothes moth threat. Come to our sites, pick up a free trap, take it home and leave it for a couple of months, and then share your findings with us on our website.'
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