Any pest control expert can tell you that moths in all their many varieties are among the most common pests to invade British properties. There are several reasons why moths, in particular, appear to be so numerous and can survive for so long unchallenged. Not only are they mesmerised by artificial light, flocking towards it as few other insects do, moths are also notorious for eating their way through clothes and fabrics. However, while they might all look like the same ugly bug, the moth family actually comprises numerous members, each of which has a slightly different pathology and behaviour.
Other than eating your favourite clothes and damaging furniture fabrics, most moths aren’t harmful. The sight of the occasional moth in your property shouldn’t concern you in the same way it does for mice and rats, for example. However, if you notice more moths or moth-related damage to your fabrics than normal, it might be time to get concerned.
Dealing with a moth infestation yourself can be relatively simple, but it requires you to know precisely what sort of moth you are dealing with. Some more species are very distinctive and easy to pick out, but others are more elusive. Damage to clothes and fabrics often indicates a moth infestation, but it alone isn’t enough to diagnose the issue. If you can’t see any adult moth specimens, alive or dead, that makes it much less likely that you’re dealing with a moth problem.
Moths also leave behind larvae, which look like grains of rice. These larvae cause all the damage, but some resemble maggots, so make sure you double-check. Whether you use a DIY solution or a pest control professional, you need to be certain that any carpets and other fabrics likely to harbour months are cleaned very thoroughly. Don’t leave textiles undisturbed for too long, and ensure you keep your kitchen and dining areas clean.