Moths are a pest in homes, not for being a health risk, but because of the severe damage they cause to natural fibres in clothes, carpets, fabrics, furs, even leather. Serious damage can be caused when moth caterpillars eat the protein ‘keratin’ which is in natural materials such as wools, cottons and silks.
Our BPCA certified technicians have a variety of solutions to quickly resolve moth infestations. These range from insecticide and fumigation methods to chemical free heat pod treatments that will deal with your moth problem quickly and safely.
The first thing most people notice is the damage caused to clothes, fabrics or carpets but there are other indicators of a moth infestation. These include small maggot like larvae and silk cocoons.
Another cause of carpet or fur damage can be fur or carpet beetles rather than moths. These textile beetles along with house moths are often referred to as textile pests.
In the UK there are 4 species of moth often found in the home.
Preventing moths entering your home through doors and windows is difficult. The use of fly screens or drawing curtains at night can help. Once inside moths will lay eggs in dark and rarely disturbed areas such as wardrobes or cupboards, where clothes or other textiles are stored. Other high risk areas include:
Moths are attracted to dirty or soiled garments, so always clean clothes thoroughly before storing them. If you plan to store textiles for a long period of time, keep them in sealed plastic bags or suitcases.
Ensure hidden areas such as under large furniture or sofas are regularly vacuumed, to try and remove moth eggs before they hatch.
DIY moth products such as sprays and moth repellents can help with smaller problems, but for larger or repeated infestations professional treatment is needed to eliminate moths. To treat very delicate items we offer a ‘chemical free’ heat pod treatment to get rid of moths, eggs and larvae safely and effectively.