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Thread: Has anyone ever found insects/bugs in fabric that was starched?

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    Senior Member carol45's Avatar
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    Has anyone ever found insects/bugs in fabric that was starched?

    Has anyone ever found insects/bugs in fabric that was starched?
    Everyone says it happens, but I'm wondering if any folks here had it happen to them.

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    Never had that happen.
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    no, and i have some really old stuff

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    I've never found any bugs in my starched fabric. Even some I've had for several years. Hope I never do.

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    Me neither.... I think it depends on the humidity in your area also. The higher the humidity the more chance of getting bugs.

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    No bugs here!! And I am a starcher from way back!!

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    Nope never found bugs in my fabric, I do not think it is true that bugs will get into it, Not unless it has happened to someone here, Have never heard of it except on the internet.

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    Silverfish are the usual suspects....I have found them in old books (they love the glue in book bindings and also the paper), seen them in other people's linen closets, but so far not in mine.

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    No have never had that happen. I have heard that silver fish love stach though.

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    I think years ago it wasn't easy to keep bugs out of homes as it is now. I have never seen any bugs in my fabric, not even moths in my closet.
    Got fabric?

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    i've been sewing and starching for 48 years- i have never had a 'bug problem' but i use, move my fabrics around regularly- i don't know if that has anything to do with it- but it's never been a problem for me- it could be a 'location' issue -- more apt to happen if you live somewhere where bug infestations are a common problem- or if the fabrics are stacked up & left (unchecked) for a long long time-
    i've had boxes of fabrics out in my garage for a year- and still---no bugs.
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I think years ago it wasn't easy to keep bugs out of homes as it is now. I have never seen any bugs in my fabric, not even moths in my closet.
    I don't use starch but want to avoid it for this reason.

    I thought I never had moths in my closet until DH took out his suit to wear to his mother's funeral. During the after-event, I tried picking at what I thought was lint. Turned out he had moth holes on his good suit. We found quite a few after looking carefully.


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    We don't have these kinds of bugs with our low humidity levels here.
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    My mil starched all her fabric after washing and then stored it in her damp basement in carboard storage boxes. After she passed, going through her stash we had to dispose of all of it because of the silverfish. I didn't want to bring any of it home. I do not wash and iron and starch my stash, I do that after I have put together a grouping ready for a project.
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    I've had silverfish.
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    I've had to throw out vintage linens and fabrics (along with irreplaceable books and scrapbooks) from two family estates because of silverfish. It's not just an urban legend.
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    I starch my fabric as I cut and piece my quilt. After the quilt is done it gets washed so no problems for me.

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    When i started quilting more than 30 years ago, I used starch on a regular basis, have neve found bugs inmy fabric . About 20 years ago I moved my entire house hold from WI to south texas, no bugs in either place.

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    I'm one that learned the hard way - silverfish and moths.

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