Moths

Moth Control

The common cloth moth (Tineola bisselliella) is a serious pest control problem and cost the textile industry millions of pounds in lost revenue each year. Although they do not pose a serious health risk, they are a pest in homes and businesses because of the severe damage their larvae cause in particular to clothes, fabrics(including pashmina and cashmere), furs, leather and carpets.

The damage that they cause can continue for many weeks which is why it is important to get a thorough fumigation and residual treatment implemented straight away. unfortunately due to the harbourage of moths in out of the way places the damage moths can cause may have been done before numbers of flying moths are seen and so prevention of a moth problem at the source of infestation is important.

How to treat a house moth infestation?

While a relatively minor infestation of moths can be dealt with using DIY products, an established moth problem in house is likely to require the help of experts.
Often the first sign of a moth problem will be damage to fabrics and patches on carpets but there will usually be other indicators:

  • small pin-prick holes in clothes
  • bald patches on carpets
  • adult moths (either crawling or on the wing)
  • maggot-like larvae (moth caterpillars/wax-worms)
  • the silken tubes or cases in which moth larvae live
  • pupae (silk cocoons) which the larvae turn into moths

Unfortunately, due to the entomology of the species, an infestation can occur rapidly due to the harbourage of the moths in and out of the way areas such as:

  • Under beds
  • Under rugs
  • Attics
  • Cellars
  • Boiler cupboards
  • Cupboards

Danger signs and things to look out for when trying to identify an infestation and its extent include:

  • Dead moths around windows, lamps & lights
  • Damage to textiles, rugs, carpets & clothes
  • Birds nest in or near the property

The Indian meal moth (Endrosis sarcitrella) is a particular problem that is located primarily in the kitchen area of your property,the main identifiers for this particular species is the dark mottled appearance and white flecking on the shoulders,they do not pose a risk to your clothes.
Infestation can be controlled with a complete site survey to identify the main source of infestation followed by a fumigationary/fogging service in order to eradicate the species.

Effective moth control includes effective fog fortification(fogging) and residual application to ensure the complete control of the species in the various stages:

  1. Egg
  2. Larvae
  3. Pupae
  4. Adult

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