I stopped working on the machine yesterday and started cleaning like a mad woman. The dust and bugs in my studio had to go!
There has been an explosion of bug activity in this area because of the heat and humidity. Apparently, according to the TV news, the conditions are favorable for a bug population explosion. My daughter has had lots of brown recluse spiders in her house and has put out stuff to kill them. I didn't think bugs were a problem for me until yesterday.
I happened to pick up a wool batting scrap that had fallen onto the floor. I saw a couple of dark spots in it and wondered.... what the heck is that?
|Barely noticeable bugs in the batting|
I looked over the batting and found more dark spots. Barely noticeable except it's a light cream color wool batting. The dark spot is actually inside the batting. At first I thought it was a bit of dirt or something left in when it was made.
|Bug down inside the batting|
I got out a pair of scissors to cut out the offending dark spots. What did I discover? Bugs and egg sacks!
|Batting cut away to reveal the bug and egg sack|
The darned things look like a type of black beetle and the egg sacks are brown.
|Batting cut away to reveal the bug|
I looked at every batting package I have stored under my quilting machine. There were bugs in only the wool batting. Nothing in any of the other ones. The plastic package did have air holes so the bugs could have gotten in through those.
|Bug sack inside the unopened package of wool batting|
I threw away 6 packages of wool batting. Three king, 2 queen, and 1 twin sized. I hated throwing money away like that but it had to be done. No way do I want a bug haven in my house! I did call Quilter's Dream just to check to see if there had been any complaints. They were very concerned but there have not been any complaints. I have also had the wool batting for over a year. The bugs could have come from anywhere.
I hate creepy crawlies! Thinking about them make my skin cringe. So, instead of finishing a quilt, I cleaned and cleaned. I will check carefully every batting before using it until all the batting has been used. I don't plan on storing batting anymore. It's easier to just order as needed because there are so many types these days.
If anyone reading this post has any older packages of Quilter's Dream wool batting please check it before using it. If you do find bugs in your batting, please give Quilter's Dream a courtesy call so they know.