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Key facts about moths

The clothing moth is a species of Moths from the Tineidae moth family. The caterpillar (larva) of this moth is recognised as a serious pest. It can derive nourishment not only from clothing – in particular wool – but also from many other sources. The presence of natural fibres is what attaches clothing moths and what causes carpet moths in the home.

The clothes moth is a significant pest, the larvae feeding on a wide variety of material of animal origin such woollens, angora, cashmere and furs. Damage from larval feeding can be severe and the larvae are often difficult detect as they shun the light. Outdoors, adults are on the wing from May to September. Indoors, adults are found all year round.

Were will you find them?

In domestic properties obvious signs of infestation are damage to clothes and carpets especially around the edges. Moths are in the same family with butterflies but have a poor reputation of being serious pests.

Whilst there is no difficulty in controlling these moths, it is essential that a thorough treatment be carried out and that every possible larva development site is treated. They may be found in association with birds’ and mammals’ nests, therefore these possibilities should be checked when tracing the source of the infestation.

How do you know if you have moths?

There are different types of moths, but the clothes and carpet moths are the most destructive kinds for our homes. We have tips on preventing clothes moths on our blog, but you need to recognise the signs of an infestation first. The following are signs of a moth infestation.

clothing moth in London home.
  • Moths are known to damage knitwear, cotton, and silk garments. Therefore, you can tell that moths have invaded your home when you notice irregular holes in your clothes. The size of these holes depends on the duration the larvae has been in contact with the garment. Clothes moth larvae are often seen in wardrobes, drawers, and cupboards, especially when you store unwashed items.
  • An infestation may persist during the cold weather although their activity is low key and dormant. The more extended larvae stage is the most damaging part of their life cycle.
  • Carpet moth damage may be discovered in a carpets and rugs. They tend to target silk rugs and wool carpets at their larvae stage. You may notice moth damages in locations such as along the skirting boards and under furniture.
  • Moths lay eggs in the dark, infrequently used and undisturbed areas of the house. However, these may be hard to detect. Preparing your home for spring insects like moths can involve cleaning and vacuuming everywhere to remove these eggs as far as possible.
  • Food moths are also a problem They can be seen flying in the kitchen. You may also find small white larva with a dark head in packets of flour, grains, or cereal when you open them.

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How do we control moths?

Our treatment programme for moths consists of three visits. Our technician will initially talk through the problems you are experiencing and explain what our initial treatment entails. He will then carry out a thorough inspection of your premises prior to any treatment and assess the level and extent of the infestation.

Treatments consist of tracing the source of infestation, removing and destroying any infested materials and then applying a residual insecticide to infested areas. Additionally, we would also treat with an ultra-low volume application of insecticide.

Our follow up service

Please note that before any treatment commences the property has to be prepared for treatment and full instructions are giving at the time of booking.

We continue to support our customers on an ongoing basis. Our follow up visits are carried out at weekly intervals after the initial treatment and are exactly the same as the first visit.

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