How to get rid of Clothes Moths.
Clothes Moths can be serious pests in the home as they chomp their way through your best clothes, carpets and rugs! They can live undetected for months; causing serious damage before you notice bald patches in your carpet or holes appear in your favourite jumpers.
There are three species of clothes moth which commonly infest our homes and feed on natural fibres such as carpets, upholstery and clothes. The commonest of these is the aptly named Common Clothes Moth which regularly infests carpets, wardrobes and clothes draws. The rarer Case-bearing Clothes moth is a serious pest of carpets and the Brown House Moth will feed on upholstery and natural clothing. It is extremely important to identify which moth you have before an effective solution can be found.
The adult female moth can lay up to 50 eggs which hatch out into tiny caterpillars and munch their way through natural fibres such as your carpets and clothes. The caterpillars can live anything from a month, to a year in your carpets until they pupate and hatch into an adult moth. The adult females release a pheromone which attract the males who then mate with the females and seek new places to lay their eggs and the cycle continues.
The most effective solution for controlling moths is through good housekeeping by thoroughly vacuum cleaning carpets, including under and behind all furniture, removing clutter from floors and wardrobes and keeping clothes draws and wardrobes regularly emptied and cleaned.
Pheromone traps release a unique scent that attracts and captures the male moths; therefore preventing them breeding with the females and the population will rapidly die out. Pheromone Traps can be purchased and used, both as a way of monitoring the moth activity and controlling populations by removing the males. Each species of moth releases a specific pheromone so it is vitally important to identify which moths you have and using the right trap for that species of moth.
If none of the above methods work and the moth infestation persists, you may need to seek professional assistance and contact us to carry out a thorough treatment which might include the application of an insecticidal spray.
For professional pest control services, please contact Eco-trap Services on 07852 485053
Moth damage on a woollen carpet: