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Since most wool rabbit hobbyists have only one or two wool rabbits or may buy a

small amount of fiber at a time, it will take time to collect enough fiber for a project

.  It is very important to store the fiber that is harvested correctly.  Rabbit fiber can

felt very easily so when storing your fiber keep it in a container that will not collect

moisture but allow the fiber to breath.  NEVER over pack your fiber. The pressure

and any natural moisture will felt the fibers.  I like to store my fiber in clear plastic

bins with covers that are not super air tight but tight enough to keep unwanted pests

out and allow natural moisture to escape. I like the clear bins because it does let

light in. However, don't let them sit in the direct sunlight. Prolonged exposure to

sunlight could break down the fibers and may cause your fiber to sweat out its

natural moisture. I also like to store the bins where they will freeze and then warm

up to about 120 degrees. That area is the loft of the barn. I do that because of

Angora fiber's arch enemy, the common wool moth. Wool moths LOVE  Angora.  I

am sure they are attracted to Angora fiber because you usually don't wash Angora

fiber before spinning or storing. Moths love dark, warm humid areas to lay their

eggs. The larva are the ones that destroy the fiber by eating it. When storing your

fiber always try to disguise its natural odor.  Using a scented bar of soap ( Irish

spring ), Lavender oil, cedar blocks, peppermint, camphor basil (Ocimum kilimand-

scharimum), cedar shavings, eucalyptus (Eucalyptus spp.), pennyroyal, painted

daisies (Chrysaemum coccineum), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), santolina

(Santolina chamaecyparissus), tansy, or wormwood all provide suitable plant

material for moth-be-gone sachets . You can also use moth balls . Moth balls will kill

the moth and larva but it does have that lingering unpleasant odor and scientists are

now finding that prolonged exposure to the mothball chemical can be harmful to our

health. Cedar wood will kill small larva only. All other scents will just distract the

moth from the fiber.  If you do find that your fiber has been infected with moths it is

best it discard the damaged fibers  and any larva found.  Then treat the undamaged

fiber by placing it a week in the freezer, then removing it to room temperature for

about two weeks, then back in the freezer for a few day again.  You can also place

your fiber in your car during the summer.  The summer temperatures in your car

can  reach 106 to 120 degrees which will also help to kill the moth and larva.  Place

your fiber in the hot car for about a  week then back in the freezer.  Another way you

can destroy both the moth and the larva is to place your fiber in a plastic bag with

about a pound of dry ice.  Leave a small hole at the top so that the gas has a place

to escape so it won't expand the bag and break it. Leave the bag sit over night and

don't open it till all the dry ice  has evaporated. The carbon dioxide will kill all living

stages of the moth . Do not let the dry ice touch your skin.

It is best to fluff and turn your fiber in its storage container occasionally to

keep it from compacting and settling.



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