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Old 02-22-2012, 09:01 PM
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Has any one heard that if you don't wash quilt or scraps after using starch it will attract bugs?
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:07 PM
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Yes, it's been discussed on here several times and the opinions go both ways. My Granny and Mom both used starch and I don't recall every seeing bugs get into them.
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:26 PM
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From the research I did on-line these kinds of bugs love humidity. We have very low humidity, so I don't worry about them.
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:46 PM
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Being in Arizona I won[t worry about it then.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:20 PM
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What I heard is that it is silverfish that eat starch. They also like to eat books. Surprised they're not everywhere in my house.
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Heard it, never had a problem even when I lived in the state of New York where it is damp..... Been doing it for 25 years. I have more problems with moths and wool.
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:52 AM
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I have had problems with silverfish in my books and old photos but never my starched fabrics. Weird.
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:15 AM
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If you have a bug problem then starch may attract them to your fabric or clothing. I doubt starch will draw the bugs to your house if they aren't already there.
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:48 AM
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I live in Arizona, we have low humidity. I do not worry.
When I was a kid, I remember my grandmother making embroidred doiles, pillow cases, table clothes...etc. She heavily starched them and I can't remember her ever having any bugs
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:51 AM
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I've heard the theory, but I believe that if you don't have a problem with silverfish or other bugs BEFORE you starch, I don't see that you'll have a problem AFTER you starch. I starch and have never had a problem.
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