|The paintbrush drawer|
toothbrush ... and something that looked like evidence of ... moths ... frass ... moth droppings.
Sure enough, one of the neglected brushes was about half eaten, others less so.
It makes sense - clothes moths like to be in dark places, like rarely-opened drawers, and they eat protein fibres, which include the bristles used in brushes.
All the loose brushes are now in a plastic bag in the freezer. The drawer was emptied and thoroughly cleaned, and the wrapped and boxed brushes checked for damage and frass, just in case.
|Protected and inedible items|
For completeness, one more photo - the container holds the brushes that I've actually been using -
Tineola bisselliella) hate the light; the the larvae like to be dark and undisturbed while munching on sweaty fabrics and food stains, so these brushes, which sit on the shelf and get regular washing, are safe from them.