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Re: Mothballs to protect fly tying materials?

2011/6/16 0:22
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My vote is for Cedar. Love the smell. Forget about the chips though. Go to Lowes or any local lumber store and they sell cedar boards and sheets. I still keep mine in sealed containers but also keep a piece of cedar on the bottom of the container as a safety net. It is particulatly nice for materials that are fleshy and give off a little odor sometimes like deer tails and some skins/pelts.

Posted on: 2012/12/5 22:12

Re: Mothballs to protect fly tying materials?

2011/9/27 20:41
From Central PA
Posts: 1

FrequentTyer wrote:
Moth crystals and moth balls are chemically the same, and since the vapors are what kills the critters there is no real benefit to using the crystals. You don't need to have the direct physical contact with the material for these to be effective.
Mothballs are toxic (especially to kids and pets) , and long term exposure to the vapors can be neurotoxic. There is probably not a great risk if you use them carefully, but I personally don't do it. The best way to protect material is to properly store it in sealed containers. The one time I had an infestation was with some inherited material, and borax powder cleared that up very quickly.

+1 on the borax. i harvest ALL of my natural material...

1) soak feathers and fur in water
2) wash is bucket with dish soap
3) rinse with water
4) ring out water
5) pin on cardboard and cover with borax and put in a cool dry place
6) when it starts snowing take fur and feathers, put in ziploc back and in your storage box/desk.

i never had a bug issue.

also, to restore feathers to their original/wild condition soak in coleman white gas and dry with a hair dryer. be careful that none of the fuzzy fibers get blown off the feather and sucked into the back of the hair will have an instant redneck blow torch and will have to go out and kill another bird! yea, i speak from experience :)

Posted on: 2012/12/5 22:46

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