Moths are a common problem in many households. They are quite small, and can seem to enter through the most insignificant of spaces. This makes controlling them difficult. There is reported to be over a million homes in the UK which suffer from some kind of moth infestation, and when you think about that number, that really does give the scale of the problem.Moths tend to love and ‘home’ in certain places. The most likely one is of course clothes and wardrobes – we will deal with this later. However, moths also love carpets and food sources can also be a tempting attraction too.
How can you tell
Moths are familiar to most people, yet there is no standard type or style of them as such, and these can vary in both size and species. Most moths you find inside a typical house are smaller than a few centimetres and are likely to be a brown colour as pictured in the image.
Moths tend to like and be found in dark places and avoid been visible if possible. That said, we have all seen them madly attracted to light bulbs when one is loose and you turn a switch on.
Moths and the home
One of the main problems people worry about with a moth infestation is their ability to damage clothes by eating away at the
fabric of them. Despite what many people think it is not the adults but the larvae that are responsible for wrecking clothes. Obviously there is unlikely to be one without the other, thus all traces of the insects need to be avoided to be pest free.
Moths can enter the home in a number of ways. The most likely is through a door or window being open. This is even more likely at night when you have lights on which attract them in. Moths can also come into the home in a number of other ways such as on clothing, or items outside which are transported into the house.
You can tell whether you have a problem with moths by your clothes. This is could manifest itself in a number of ways such as:
* Holes in the garments
* Clothes which look like they are dusty.
* Fabrics which seem to have a musty smell.
How to deal with moths
There are a number of ways you can deal with small scale problems of moths. Larger infestations may require intervention from an expert pest solution team.
* Set moth traps – this is a sheet which is hung in your wardrobe and attracts the moths. The sheet has a sticky substance on the outside which means once the moths land on it, they can’t escape.
* All clothes should be cleaned and washed to not only destroy any traces of moths but eradicate eggs and larvae which will not survive at washed temperatures.
* Cupboards should be regularly cleared and cleaned out. This allows you to wipe the surfaces, gives chance for you to inspect clothes, and gives the opportunity to store ‘vulnerable garments’ in special clothes bags which keeps the moths out.
* Keep areas well ventilated with cool air circulating, as moths are attracted to warm and humid places.
* Hang more specialised products which can be purchased from shops that repel and kill moths or alternatively make a natural remedy yourself.
If none of the above solutions work, you may have a more serious underlying problem and should contact an expert.
To speak to us about any aspect of pest control, find details on our contact page. Moths are a common problem in many households. They are quite small, and can seem to enter through the most insignificant of spaces. This makes controlling them difficult. There is reported to be over a million homes in the UK which suffer from some kind of moth infestation, and when you think about that number, that really does give the scale of the problem.