Sexually confusing moths might not seem the obvious solution to protecting your cashmere but it could be the most effective way to prevent insects from destroying clothes.

Moths have become increasingly difficult to control since a ban on pesticides which were blamed for the decline of bees.

But keepers at the National History Museum in London have come up with an ingenious solution after suffering a four year moth infestation which is threatening the fur and feathers of some of its most prized exhibits.

Now they are using a system which tricks male moths into thinking that other male moths are actually females in a bid to stop them mating and producing eggs and larvae.

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