Clothes Moths & Carpet Moths Treatment
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All you need to know about Clothes Moth And Carpet Moth Treatment
If you have clothes moth and carpet moth problems use this article as a guide to help eliminate these pests. The first thing that should be done is set out a program of cleaning and disinfecting to prevent the problem from getting worse.
This will minimize the risk of contamination spreading throughout your home due to the moths’ feeding habits, which leaves small piles of feces (frass) wherever they land as they crawl around looking for food or through their wool-like body covering.
Also keep in mind that if clothes moths get into one piece of clothing they can often infest an entire wardrobe so it is essential to do some detective work if you buy second hand clothes or if you come into possession of an item which may have been damaged by moths.A regular and thorough cleaning will help minimise the risk of clothes and carpet moth larvae infestation.
What Do Carpet Moths And Clothes Moths Feed On?
Carpet moths are the type commonly found in homes. There is also a larger version of this moth called the Case making Clothes Moth which prefers to live outdoors on trees and shrubs, but occasionally enters houses looking for food.
They like to feed on natural animal fibers such as wool and hair (including human), fur, feathers, cashmere, silk, leather and other animal products. If you have large collections of these items at home it is important that you treat them with care especially if they are old or second hand because a clothes moth infestation can have devastating results for your fabrics and materials even when no damage is visible yet.
They will eat through all types of fabric very quickly causing red stains and small holes in clothes or carpets. When the larvae are very young they can also eat through plastic, which means that even cardboard boxes and polystyrene packaging can potentially become infested by these pests.
The adult moths do not damage fabrics and their job is to lay eggs throughout your home. The white eggs are about 1 mm in length and look like tiny grains of rice.
It takes around 4 days for them to hatch into larvae and start eating your items, so it is important to remember this when doing a treatment because they will only be visible from their frass left behind after they have eaten before you spot any holes or damaged areas on your carpets or clothing.
Often when a piece of furniture is moved you will notice damage to fabrics or carpets that were hidden from view. The same can be said for clothing, perhaps stored away dependent on the season.
Clothes Moth And Carpet Moths
A common cause of Moth infestation is when people store off cuts of carpets or bags of clothes in loft spaces or cupboards. Moths much prefer dark, little used areas. However it would seem they have an ‘anywhere’ attitude toward choosing where they lay their eggs since many times these places are well lit and fully accessible. It appears that fragrance attracts them as mothballs and cedar drawers have long been sources of interest to them.
Moths are not just a problem for clothes and fabrics. Many moths eat carpets, drapes, dry food products, grain cereal and even chemical based materials! So it is vital that you know what to look out for in order to get rid of the pests before they can cause damage or spread to your other belongings.
The most common culprits are carpet moths and clothes moths – these feed on natural fibres such as cotton wool, soft furnishings and cashmere coats. Clothes moth larvae also like woolly jumpers, hats and pet bedding. The larvae don’t have mouths so will chew through these items until they find their way onto your skin or into your mouth – yuck!
If you suspect you have an infestation of any type of moth, this is where Bon Accord Pest Control can help you professionally and efficiently.
Prior To Moth Treatment
All areas in and around the suspected infestation should be thoroughly cleaned and vacuumed. Ensure that furniture is moved in the process in order to clean deeply and properly.
If an infestation is known or suspected, the contents of the vacuum cleaner should be disposed of immediately. It is important this is to an outside bin to prevent transfer between rooms.
Clothes Moths And Carpet Moths Treatment
Are you worried about clothes moths and carpet moths?
Are they eating your family’s wardrobes or rugs?
Get help with our clothes moth and carpet moth treatment.
What you should know:
Our professionals will visit your home to inspect it for clothes moths and give you detailed information on the best way to treat them. We will use state-of-the-art equipment to locate all areas where there are infestations so we can eradicate them quickly, safely, cost effectively and without causing damage to your property.
Our technicians will use a residual insecticide that will be sprayed onto carpets, wardrobes and drawers in the infested and surrounding areas.
After The Treatment
Do not wash down or vacuum treated areas for at least one month. When vacuuming it is important to be extremely thorough, this will help prevent re-infestation in the future.
All areas, including carpet areas under standing furniture, must be vacuumed on a regular basis following the one month pause after treatment.
Bedding places for pets should be kept clean.
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Our team of RSPH & BPCA-certified operatives offer quick, safe, effective and responsive pest control solutions to protect you and your property from pest infestations and associated risks.
Call us on 020 3369 6965 to book an appointment regarding clothes moths and carpet moths, or any other pest problem you may have. Clothes Moth And Carpet Moth Treatment Extermination And Prevention
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Pest infestations should be addressed as soon as possible, since if left unchecked, they might spread rapidly and cause structural damage to your house, health risks, lots of stress or even a fire danger.
At Bon Accord, we provide a full range of home pest control services as well as the Bon Accord Helpline, which allows us to deliver our clients with the level of service they require when dealing with rodents, ants, cockroaches and other infestations.
We offer a full range of services from basic to expert, ranging from a self-service solution with all the tools you’ll need to DIY treatments, supported remotely by one of our technicians to our premium service in which one of the specialists performs the whole treatment