Aug 01, 2013 - 09:47 PM
That is a really unusual problem. Normally, I would think that the armpit areas, and other areas where perspiration occurs would be suspect than a belly button area. And unless you find some sort of insect activity, then you could practically rule them out.
There are some things you can try if you think it has to be insect related.
1) Carefully inspect the clothes after cleaning, and then either place them in a zippered clothes bag or a sealed plastic tub. This is the normal and customary routine for clothes moth or carpet beetle infestations. You have to seal off the clothes from the insects and then see if the damage still occurs. If so, and they are sealed up, and there are no signs of insects, it is something else.
2) Forget cedar or repellent woods, they won't work. Don't waste good money.
3) Treat the entire closet with a residual chemical such as Demand Cs. This product kills moths, beetles, silverfish, cockroaches, etc, and only needs to reapplied every 4-5 months. It is a concentrate and you will need a good hand sprayer.
Clothes Moth Traps only attact and trap moths, they don't affect the population, kill larvae, eggs, etc that actually propogate the infestation and cause damage. Adults don't eat the clothes either. Moth traps can be an effective monitoring tool, but can also attract moths from outside areas that aren't actually causing any problems.
If you haven't treated the home with any pesticide, then maybe it is time to start. Demand CS can be sprayed on baseboards, in corners of closets, under shelving, etc, around the entire home. It can also be sprayed outdoors around the perimeter foundation, doors and windows. It will kill a lot of different insects.
The only other thing I can think of, is that you or your GF are rubbing against something and causing micro tears that can be perpetuated by washing and drying. The only thing I can think of would be the side of a truck, as you are putting things in the back of it.
Maybe try washing the clothes inside out? Switching dry cleaners? Anything to break the cycle.