Pest Control News

Monday, 30 March 2020

Moths

Moths


There are over 2000 species of moths in the UK but only a few of them are considered pests. This is because clothes or carpet moths in particular lay their eggs on natural fibres like cotton or wool or even stored food products for their larvae to feed on. Which in turn can cause some considerable damage. Moths in general do not pose any risk to our health unlike some other pests, but they are important to our ecological system. 

What they look like

The most common moth you are going to see in your home or business premises is the house/carpet moth. They are typically brown/grey/yellow in colouring and approximately 7mm in length. Interestingly, adult moths usually prefer to scuttle across surfaces compared to flying. The adults’ main purpose is to reproduce. Once they have mated, the females will lay eggs (up to 200 of them at one time) onto a suitable food source. The eggs hatch into extremely small larvae (they look like very small caterpillars) and it is the larvae that cause all the damage to items of clothing, bedding and carpets. 

What they eat

These types of moth larvae are attracted to the keratin present in natural fibres such as cotton and wool which means there are few items in the home that are safe from these pests. Stored bedding, duvets, rugs, clothing, upholstered furniture….the list could go on. 

Signs of a moth infestation

·      Holes in items of clothing or upholstered furniture
·      Small caterpillars on fabric items
·      Silken web-like cases
·      Adult moths crawling on items

Where can you find them

Moths like locations that are dark and undisturbed to lay their eggs. Stored clothing are prime targets for moths to lay their eggs. So places like lofts, under beds, in the back of the wardrobe are all great places for moth larvae to feed without interruption. Cleaner items are less likely to be attacked, so if you are thinking or storing any fabrics, then it is good practice to wash, dry them and place them in an airtight sealed container. Try and keep your home clean and tidy by hoovering regularly and keeping any stored items to a minimum where possible. 



Remember, if you think you have a moth problem in your home, just give us a call. We can help!