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Friday, 5 June 2015

Moth Removal & Control in Kent

Moth Removal & Control

There are some pests, according to scientific studies and data that could be making a re-appearance in greater numbers, the moth being one of them. But why is this and what can be done about it?

Do you have moths?

The damage caused by moths is very similar to carpet beetles and thus, before you take any kind of action, it is important that the infestation is identified as being that of the moth.

Signs to look for…

·       Some of those cobwebs in the corner of the wardrobe or in the attic may not actually be cobwebs, but a type of hammock created by moths – this is not always apparent, but can be a sign moths have been in situ for a while
·       On opening wardrobes, cupboards etc. exposing the inside to light, moths may flutter out towards the light!
·       Old cocoon cases, left behind as the moth emerges from it pupae – it is this emerging moth that causes the damage in clothing, soft furnishing and so on

How do moths get in to my property?

They fly in, through open doors and windows. Moths are attracted to light and thus having windows open and lights on at night time, is an open invitation for moths to make their way in. if undetected, they will seek places to lay eggs and these pupae will start to develop in to moths. As they grow, they will eat what is around them from the jumpers stored in the attic, to the underside of sofas and so on, where they can chew away on the soft furnishings or carpet, quite happily.

Natural materials

There is no doubt that the moth prefers the delights of wool, silk and so on – in other words, natural materials rather than synthetic, man-made ones. This was the reason why at the start of the 20th century, moths were a common problem – hence the penchant for mothballs! – but, as our use of synthetic materials increased, moths became less of a common infestation.
However, this has come full circle and once again, with many of us trying to live better and more organically, we have started to buy items that are either made entirely of natural fabrics or are a mix with synthetic ones.
The bad news is, moths will chew away at any fabric that contains natural material; in many cases as little of 25% natural fabric or material is enough for a moth to lay eggs on it, providing a ready meal for the emerging pupae.

Prevention is better than cure

Storing items that are clean, but also in sealed plastic bags are key factors in preventing moths but, if you do find you have a moth infestation, it may be worth calling in the services of a professional pest controller.

Moths have a habit of being widespread in a room, and knowing where to look – as well as treating with the right insecticides etc. – is something that the professional pest controller is adept at doing.