Get Rid Of Clothes Moths Infestation

Get Rid Of Clothes Moths Infestation

 

So how to Get Rid Of Clothes Moths Infestation?

How Do I Know I Have A Clothes Moth Infestation? 

If you have seen small holes in your clothing or woolen fabrics, there’s a very high chance you’ve got a moth infestation. However, the actual pest responsible for creating this damage can vary depending on where you live and what sort of environment it is exposed to. Moths are winged insects that belong in the order Lepidoptera, which also includes butterflies and skippers. However, while butterflies only eat plants and flowers, moths are actually pests that can do quite a bit of damage to our homes. 

Why Should Clothes Moths Be Treated?

Clothes moths, also called fabric moths, are the type of moth whose larvae feed on natural textile fibers. The larval stage can grow to about a half an inch long and they can cause damage to the clothing that is in your home.

 

Although clothes moths do not pose any direct threat to people, it is still important that you get rid of them as soon as possible if you find that they have set up camp in your home. Even though these pests may not injure humans directly, there is still a lot reason for concern as many things can happen if left untreated such as:

 

1) If clothing infested by adult clothes moths are worn during the day, they can cause considerable embarrassment to those who don’t want their clothing to get moth eaten or torn.

 

2) Aside from ruining your clothing, these pests are also known to damage furniture and other items that are made of natural fibers in a household environment. The reason for this is because they tend to stay hidden even though they have already caused extensive damage to pieces of furniture and clothing inside a home. Removing moths from such areas once they hide out will prove impossible since you wouldn’t know where the pests are hiding until it is too late.

 

Clothes Moth Treatment

We treat your property carpets, wardrobes, drawers etc in the infested and surrounding areas with surface spray and ULV space spray. All insecticides are biodegradable, almost odourless, non tainting & do not corrode or stain. They are not highly toxic towards mammals but are extremely so to all forms of crawling and flying public health pests.

 

When it comes to removing moth infestations from your property there are a few things you can do to reduce the amount of moth larvae from your home, such as:

 

  • Clean all areas: Vacuum woollen carpets thoroughly and vigorously, paying particular attention to the areas of the carpets that are regularly missed during routine cleaning – the areas of carpet under and behind furniture, and along the skirting.
  • Wash all vulnerable fabrics: Natural materials and soft furnishings in the vicinity of the infestation.
  • Thoroughly clean all furniture: Use a soap and vinegar solution to clean surfaces, including wardrobes and drawers that have been affected, paying close attention to any cracks or crevices. Moths are likely to nest and settle in areas that you leave untouched because they know that they can nest and feed here.
  • Wash everything: Don’t forget to wash your old luggage cases, bags you haven’t used in ages or containers and trinket boxes that larvae may be hiding in.
  • Empty out your vacuum regularly: If you’ve managed to collect the larvae in your vacuum, empty it into a bin bag outside and pop it straight into the bin. Emptying your vacuum is a good start to reducing your pest infestation and, not to mention, will ensure your vacuum has more than enough room to collect the dust and debris tomorrow – after another thorough clean.
  • Set up moth traps
  • Vacuum your home regularly: Get rid of any larvae that may be present in your home before the infestation grows.

These steps alone, however, will not be enough to tackle the infestation and you should enlist the services of a specialist pest control company to completely eradicate all of the moths and larvae on your premises. It is unlikely that thorough cleaning alone will remove all of the eggs, larvae, pupae and adults, and any missed will continue to develop and multiply again resulting in more damage to your fabrics and soft furnishings.

 

A professional service, such as the one we offer here at Bon Accord Pest Control, will ensure that 100% of the problem is tackled; furthermore, we can offer you expert advice on the best way to prevent the infestation from reoccurring.

Call for free help and advice on 0800 211 8868

 

There are four common species of moths in the UK that we see as pests in the home are;

 

The Common Clothes Moth – Get Rid Of Clothes Moths Infestation

 

The Clothes Moth, (Tineola Bisselliella), is one of a number of species in the genus that are frequently cited as pests because they do damage to fabrics commonly present in homes such as woolen rugs or clothing. Their presence is usually detected by the silken webs on walls, ceilings and other surfaces.

This species has a wide range throughout Europe and North America, with many closely related sister-species worldwide. The adult clothes moth has brown scales on top of its head, while the larvae (caterpillars) have six yellow tufts of hair along their dorsal side; it is this characteristic which gives them their name.

The mother moths lay anywhere from 30-160 eggs at a time, with each egg having an incubation period from 10 to 14 days. The larvae are quite hairy and usually light brown or tan in color; they can be found on natural fibers such as wool, fur, hair, dried flowers and paper goods (as well as on synthetic fabrics).

During the first three instars of their life cycle, these caterpillars consume mostly fabric fibers but also mites. When they enter their fourth stage of development, they begin to eat other insects present in infested areas such as moths and carpet beetles; this is when people often find out about them because the damage done by the larvae begins to show up more noticeably. This species takes 2 months (30-45 days)to complete one life cycle.

 

The Brown House Moth (Hofmannophila Pseudospretella)

The Brown House Moth is a pest of woolens, furs and carpets. It was first recorded in the US in 1904.

The commonest of the so-called clothes moths, with characteristic golden-bronze wings, flecked with black, folded flat along its back. The adult is about 8mm long and prefers to run rather than fly.They grow up to 18mm long, feeding on wool, hair, fur, feathers, cork or debris from food such as dried fruit or cereals, and are common scavengers in old birds’ nests, from which they may enter buildings.

The brown house moth is a small species with a wingspan of about 25mm. The color ranges from light-brown to dark-brown or greyish-brown. In some specimens there are dark spots on the forewings and transparent fringes in front of them which makes it look like they have stripes. There are also white scales on its back.

The abdomen has black bands that widen towards the rear part of the body near the legs. This gives them their scientific name: “Hofmannophila pseudospretella”. Their antennae are feathery and tan colored,and the caterpillars have a brown to reddish-brown head and pale bodies with dark spots.

They live in old fur coats, carpets and woolen clothes. They also like to build webs on artificial fibers such as: carpets, cotton, wigs and stuffed toys. It is found mostly in regions that have cold winters or mild summers. They are usually seen between July to October, but there were some cases when they appeared during March and June.

The White-Shouldered House Moth (Endrosis Sarcitrella)

The White-Shouldered House Moth scientific name “Endrosis Sarcitrella”, is a species of moth in the family Centropomidae Light Brownish grey with darker lines on the forewings, which are marked with white dots. Antennae are dark brown with pale bands at the tips and spots along top of abdomen.

It is a common species that belongs to the same sub-species as the brown house moth. The white shouldered house moth is now found worldwide due to its close association with human environments which creates plentiful food sources.

Unlike the webbing clothes moth and carpet moth, the white shouldered house moth is attracted to light and due to its constant all-year round breeding cycle can be found in houses, outbuildings and factory environments where dried food sources such as grain maybe found.  However, it is omnivorous, eating foodstuffs such as grain, bran, flour and other cereals, but also feeding on wool and other animal based fabrics.  Bird nests are a particularly ideal environment and, if any are located nearby, a risk for them entering the house.

Consequently, the white shouldered house moth as a pest is a risk to stored food in the same way as the pantry moth species, as well as to clothing and carpets, particularly when humidity levels are high.

The larvae are similar to other house moths, being a creamy white small caterpillar, and in the same way as the case-bearing clothes moth and carpet moth, they spin small cases in which they ‘hide’.  The adult female white shouldered house moth, when mated, lays up to 200 eggs near to a suitable food source for the larvae that hatch within 1 to 2 weeks and start feeding immediately, feeding at night and hiding in the day.  The adults live a shorter life than other similar moths, typically less than 3 weeks. Get Rid Of Clothes Moths Infestation

Case-Bearing Clothes Moth (Tinea Pellionella)

The Case-bearing Clothes moth is by far the most common of the Tineidae family. It feeds on natural animal fibers such as wool, cashmere and alpaca. This pest can be found in homes, businesses, institutions and warehouses that contain these products. The Moth’s larvae are typically found in furs, carpets and blankets.

 

Adults are approximately 3/8″ long, oval shaped, brown with tiny hairs on their wings and a small tuft of hair at the end of their abdomen. They can be seen flying around windows during the summer months seeking other moths to mate with. Females lay whiteeggs, which can take up to six weeks to hatch, on material that contains cocooning materials. The larval stage is the damaging stage.

 

The larvae will eat through and destroy clothing in search of food (i.e., wool). They will also feed on carpet and other natural fibers such as horsehair, down and feathers.The larvae prefer the dark but will travel during daylight. They are very active and have been seen crawling on the backs of chairs and couches. The larval stage can last up to several months. Get Rid Of Clothes Moths Infestation

 

The number of cases varies throughout the year, peaking in fall and spring when buildings are heated or cooled, respectively. Overheating isa major factor in the growth of this pest as well. The larvae prefer 70%-80% relative humidity and temperatures ranging from 60-85ºF, and can produce up to an estimated 150 larvae per year. Because of their size it is difficult to kill or remove them when found inside a home, for example, so it is imperative to monitor any materials that are considered a possible food source (i.e., wool, carpets, blankets, upholstery etc.).

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