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Tuesday, 8 March 2022

Moths In Your Home?

 Moths In Your Home?

Moths are a very common sight in the UK, especially around this time of year. Moth season on a whole tends to last from May through to October. Spring is the time of year when moths will lay their eggs. So being in the know about moths now is key to making sure you can keep them at bay as the year goes on.

There are many different species of moth in the UK. Moths found in the home are usually much smaller than those that are more inclined to remain in their natural habitat. The colours of moths vary from black, grey, white or brown. They are prey to an array of predators so these colourings allow them to remain easily camouflaged. The two species you are most likely to come across are the brown house moth and the common clothes moth. They are similar in colouring but the clothes moth is much smaller and slender in wingspan compared to the brown house moth. 

Contrary to popular belief that all adult moths are destructive, it is in face the larvae of moths that actually cause those little holes you find on fabrics. When moths lay their eggs, they do so on ideal food items for the larvae when they hatch. Within your home that is typically jumpers, blankets, bedding, carpets, just to name a few. Natural fibres are a favourite so cotton, wool, silk, linen and fur are all at risk.

Most moths are attracted to light so you will likely see adults fluttering around lamps and TV screens. Interestingly, clothes moths do not enjoy the light. They prefer much darker locations like your wardrobe or loft space. 

If you have noticed signs of a moth infestation like quite a few adult moths flying around, holes in stored items like cloths, furniture and carpets then it may be time to call in a pest controller. There are a few things that you can do though to help. Clothes for example can be removed from their location and washed on a high heat, then giving the storage area a good clean. If only some items seem to be affected, it is always advisable to wash any items within the same area just to be safe. A top tip to stop them coming back is to place lavender in with your stored items as moths really do not like lavender. 

As always, we recommend calling in a professional to deal with your moth problem as we have the skills and expertise to identify the species and treat it accordingly. 

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