Three common species of moth that we see as pests in the home are the clothes moth, the brown house moth and the white-shouldered house moth. They feed on materials containing wool or woven fibres, fur and feathers, and even fertilisers, causing physical damage as well as contamination.
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8.30am to 5.00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,
9.30pm to 5.00pm Wednesday and 8.30am to 4.30pm Friday.
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What is the difference between these moths?
The clothes moth is the smallest of the three, being pale beige or straw coloured. There are no spots or marks on the wings. Clothes moths do not often fly; they tend to move by running or occasionally jumping.
The brown house moths are mottled and darker than the clothes moths, commonly found in food stores and homes. They prefer kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms and any place where adequate food supplies can be found.
The white shouldered house moth is paler than the brown house moth, but can be distinguished from the clothes moth by its obvious white head and "shoulders". These moths do not often feed on fabrics, but they are attracted to dust and debris that is collected under carpets.
Is it the adult moths that do the damage to clothes and carpets?
No, it is the larvae (caterpillars or grubs) that cause the damage. When you see a number of moths; this is a good indication that there is an infestation but it is the larvae that we will treat. The larvae are usually creamy white with a darker head. The moth has a four-stage life cycle: egg, larva, pupa and adult. The larval stage can last up to six months, but adult moths only live for two to three weeks.
What attracts them?
Moths are attracted to woollen fabrics, and carpets stained with food, perspiration or urine.
How do I get rid of them?
Ideally we would recommend you seek professional help if you do have an infestation. Our Pest Control Officers will be able to locate the source of the problem and treat as necessary. You may also treat your carpets yourself with residual insecticides specifically made for this purpose, please ensure that you follow the instructions on the product. You may find moth grub damage to carpets under heavy furniture, and spraying with the insecticide here every six months or so should help.
What to expect from a visit?
Before the visit, there are certain procedures that need to be carried out in order for the treatment to be effective. Please ensure that the areas affected have been vacuumed wherever possible. Please remove any trailing wires or electrical appliances that may be in the way. The officers will need to have clear access to as much floor space as possible for the treatment to be effective.
Pets should be removed from the area, fish should be covered up and tanks switched off. They should remain out of the house for several hours after the treatment. Please read the General advice leaflet for further details.
Once the officer has confirmed these prior preparations have been carried out, the officer will speak to the customer to find out where the problem areas are. The officer will look for confirmation of the pest, and if confirmed, treatment is carried out by applying a mist spray, covering the floor and under furniture etc.
You will be advised not to vacuum for as long as possible to prolong the effectiveness of the treatment.
An information advice sheet is given; providing information about the poison used and contact details should you need to contact us again.
How can I prevent an infestation?
wash clothes regularly, and make sure they are clean before replacing them in cupboards and drawers - by doing this you should also reduce the risk of damage by moths
woollen items should be sealed in plastic bags or stored in closed cupboards
dispose of contaminated foodstuffs correctly, keeping all food waste tightly sealed in bags or bins
thoroughly clean up any spilled foods and regularly clean storage cupboards
Vacuum on a regular basis in dark places and nooks and crannies.
Air clothes, blankets and easily removable furnishings outside on a sunny day, giving them a good shake and brush before putting them away.