Moth Control & Extermination
Moths vary in colour and size, according to the species. House moths are small and are usually grey or brown in colour. The majority of moths have little impact on human lives. They are the prey of many small mammals and birds. Some moths are agricultural pests and a few are bloodsuckers that prey on livestock. The most common moth pest is the clothes moth whose larvae eat natural fabrics like wool and silk.
Clothes moths are lighter in colour, more beige than brown and 25 – 50 mm in length. They like dark, humid places and congregate in attics or in clothes or linen storage areas. Eggs laid within the folds of clothing or fabric hatch into larvae that eat through the fabric and cause the damage, which makes them unpopular with most humans. The clothes moth larvae prefer natural fibres but also like natural fibres combined with manmade fibres, such as cotton-polyester mixes.
How moths get into your home
Moths or caterpillars enter the home through doorways or open windows or via humans, pets and packages taken into the home. Check all packages and clothing brought into the home for moths or their caterpillars. Signs of moth infestation are the presence of adult moths on walls, furniture and clothing. Holes in clothes or upholstery are a sign of clothes moth larvae.
The most effective way to combat moth infestation is to identify the moth species and its breeding habits. Removal of the breeding material is the most effective way of controlling a moth infestation.
Life cycle and prevention of moth infestation
The moth’s life span is relatively short but they can lay up to 300 eggs during a lifetime. The clothes moths’ typical life cycle is less than 90 days.
The right habitat and sufficient food is essential for a female moth’s egg production. So removing the habitat and food source is a way to prevent infestation.
- Securely package clothing and stored fabrics, preferably vacuum pack to prevent moths laying their eggs on the contents
- For clothes in daily use, dry cleaning chemicals deter the female moths from laying their eggs
- Vacuum the affected areas to remove larvae and pupae
- Trap adult moths, to prevent them from laying more eggs
DIY Moth Extermination
There are various DIY solutions to remove moth infestations:
- Powders that you apply to the affected areas to kill eggs, larvae and adults
- Impregnated containers that kill moths at all stages of their life cycle and don’t damage clothes, a similar idea to moth balls, without the danger of tainting the clothes
- Insecticidal paper to trap and kill adult moths
- Insecticidal spray to kill moths at all life cycle stages
Professional Moth Extermination
To keep your home moth free and ensure you have completely removed all moths use a professional pest control company, like Speedy Pest Control. We will:
- Identify the moth species
- Offer advice on prevention against re infestation
- Provide appropriate moth extermination solutions:
- Chemical treatment spray
- Fumigation of the infected area
- Heat pods for non-washable delicate fabrics
For more information about our moth control and extermination service please contact Speedy Pest Control on 0800 690 6920. Our pest control services cover Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, London, Leeds and Birmingham.
Moths Pest Control
Moths are a group of insects related to butterflies belonging to the order Lepidoptera. Most lepidopterans are moths and there are thought to be approximately 160,000 species of moth, many of which are yet to be described.
Most species of moth are nocturnal, but there are also crepuscular and diurnal species.