Most moths are seen as pests due to the damage their larvae cause to materials, textiles and stored products. Unlike other pests, moths pose you no health risks.
Once inside your home or business, moths can severely damage natural fibres in carpets, clothes, fabrics, fur and even leather. Moth caterpillars cause the damage by eating the protein (keratin) found in natural materials like wool, cotton and silk. This puts your delicate items at particular risk of damage.
How to Get Rid of Moths
First the good news: moths aren’t a health risk. Now the bad news: they can cause unsightly damage to clothes, carpets and other materials in your home. Take action as soon as you see the tell-tale holes, or spot small maggot-like larvae or silk cocoons.
There are a number of things you should do immediately to help get rid of moths:
Find out where the heart of the problem is. It might be in a wardrobe, chest of drawers or cupboard. It should be fairly obvious because you’ll see the most signs of damage in that particular area.
Start to get rid of the moths by using moth traps to catch the adults, and vacuuming regularly in the affected area to remove all the larvae.
Thoroughly launder all your clothes and other fabrics in the infected area, such as bed sheets, linen and blankets.If you’ve done all this and still can’t get rid of the moths, you should call in our expert technicians.
How we Can Help
Our experts can recognize the type of moth that is causing your problem. They’ll then use the most effective method to get rid of them, such as a spray, fumigation or heat treatment.
We can offer an effective chemical free ‘heat pod’ treatment. This is particularly useful for getting rid of moths, eggs and larvae in delicate items that can’t be laundered.
Signs of a Moth Infestation
The presence of moths in your home can be frustrating. Not just because of the damage they can cause, but it’s likely to be damage to clothes and fabric that you may have an emotional attachment to – nobody wants to find damage on their carefully stored wedding dress, or holes in a quilted throw handed down from a beloved grandmother. The damage these pests can cause to carpets, curtains and upholstery can also become very costly.
The first thing most people notice is the damage caused to clothes, fabrics or carpets.
Other indicators of a moth infestation:
Small maggot like larvae (moth caterpillars).
Silken tubes or cases in which the moth larvae live.
Pupae (silk cocoons) from which larvae emerge as moths.
Adult moths often crawling rather than flying.
White shouldered house moth larvae scavenge on a wide range of food, so are a little less damaging to textiles
More Tips for Getting Rid of Moths
Follow these tips for the best chance of getting rid of moths in your home.
Change vacuum bags often to make sure you remove all larvae and eggs from your property.
Wash all fabrics, soft furnishings, linens, curtains and towels in the affected area – moth larvae find these as tasty as clothes.
Clean and wash down affected wardrobes, cupboards and drawers, especially cracks and crevices where eggs might be hiding.
Clean suitcases, bags and containers as these might be hiding more eggs or larvae.