‘Freaked out’ teen told to burn jumper after finding dozens of moth eggs covering it – The Sun

A "FREAKED out" teen was told to burn her jumper after finding dozens of moths eggs covering the edge. 

Jessica Paternoster, 19, from Norfolk, discovered the "little white specks" scattered across her grey knit.

Unsure what the gruesome spots were, the teen took to social media to ask for advice.

Posting on Facebook, she said: "Does anybody know what these are? Boyfriend bought in the washing earlier and these were stuck to my jumper.

"It was not mud or sand…I'm thinking spider eggs…"

Friends soon flooded her page explaining the disturbing specks were moth eggs and social media fans squirmed at the "freaky" find.

One person "freaked out" and wrote: "Omg burn it. this is why I don't put my washing outside."

Another added: "Moth eggs. Burn it!"

A third joked: "That right there, is a whole lot of nope. Not today Satan."

Moths are known to chomp through wool and natural fibres and can lay up to 100 eggs over three weeks – enough to devastate a wardrobe of clothes.

Jessica explained how her boyfriend had taken the clothes from their garden washing line before putting the basket at the end of the bed.

What do moth eggs look like and how do I get rid of them?

Clothes moths can lay up to 100 pinhead-sized eggs on clothes and fabric over a three week period.

The eggs look like little white or yellow specks on clothes.

Once hatched, the pests can chomp through knits and any clothes with natural fibres such as cashmere, tweed, sheepskin, fur, hair and feathers.


There are a number of ways in how you can get rid of moths which could be lurking in your wardrobe. Here are some of the best ways to get rid of them.

  1. REMOVE your clothes from the affected wardrobe, drawers or cupboard and vacuum thoroughly in the rooms affected by moths.
  2. CLEAN clothes that may be affected and consider spraying your more valuable clothes with anti moth spray to repel moths and eggs.
  3. KILL moths, eggs and larvae using killer sprays.
  4. MONITOR AND PREVENT moths by placing moth traps close to affected areas to help break the breeding cycle.

The teen said the washing had been out on the line for two days thanks to the rainy weather last week.

Jessica only found out about the disturbing spots after she'd hung the chunky pullover in her wardrobe.

But the moment the pair discovered the spots were moth eggs, they dumped the jumper in the outside bin.

Jessica told The Mirror: "I calmly asked him if he had dropped the jumper on the floor by accident as it looked like mud initially.

"Then it clicked that these were eggs of some sort! Once I realised they were eggs – I was in a panic.

"I've never been a fan of insects and honestly I just handed the jumper to my boyfriend as quickly as I could and asked him to take it outside!"

Thankfully, the rest of the teen's washing was spared.

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