How to get rid of Clothes Moths

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.

Control Methods

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

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Moth damage on a woollen carpet:

 

Think Wildlife Campaign

We are a registered member of the CRRU Think Wildlife campaign which is committed to protecting wildlife and reducing to a minimum harmful effects of irresponsible and unnecessary rodenticide use.  We carry out stringent risk assessments and will only use rodenticides in accordance with the CRRU code of practice for responsible rodenticide use.  We are committed to reducing to a minimum potential harmful effects to wildlife.

 

Cluster flies & Harlequin ladybirds

Infestation of cluster flies and Harlequin lady birds.  Cluster flies and other overwintering insects such as Harlequin ladybirds can be a real problem in the autumn as they enter buildings looking for a place to overwinter. They often choose roof spaces, window frames and cavity walls and can build up in large numbers.  If you would like a free quotation to deal with these pests please call 07852 485053

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Why suffer with flea bites when you can call in the professionals. We were called out to treat a property in Tunbridge Wells today where the occupants had been suffering considerable discomfort with flea bites for a while.  They had tried to control the fleas themselves which had been unsuccessful.  The fleas had been brought into the house by a friends pet dog and the heatwave had created the ideal breeding conditions for fleas and they had spread throughout the house.

When the technician arrived at the house he encountered fleas jumping onto his overalls as soon as he entered the front door. We carried out a comprehensive insecticidal spray treatment in all rooms of the house and to all floors, carpets, skirting boards. soft furnishings, applying the spray into cracks and crevices where the flea eggs and larvae dwell.  We advised that a customer may need to have a second treatment, the eggs, larvae and pupae stages of a flea remain in the carpets and the flea can remain as a pupae stage for up to 5 months, an adult fleas can survive for up to 3 months.

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Pest control Tunbridge Wells

Pest control Tunbridge Wells

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Eco-Trap Services offer full pest control solutions, including fast and effective wasp nest removal, safely carried out by a fully qualified Pest Control technician.

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We cleaned up the pigeon guano applied a biocide to contaminated surfaces we fitted anti-perching spikes to all potential perching and roosting areas and fitted netting underneath the fire escape to prevent further problems.

 

 

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We received a call today from a lady in Tunbridge Wells where rats were being seen in a back garden. The rats had been climbing the bird table and feeding on the bird food.  We recommended putting the bird food in a rat and squirrel proof bird feeder and advised the customer to avoid leaving any food accessible and available for the rats.  The rats were found living under the garden shed and traps were concealed in tamper proof boxes around the shed.  In garden situations to help protect wildlife it is advisable to avoid using rodenticide baits and we used rat traps in tamper resistant boxes to avoid any risk to wildlife.

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We carried out a rat control treatment in Tunbridge Wells today where rats were reported scampering around a school playground.  We found rats burrowing under a fence to reach the waste bins; they were found to be living in an outside gas cupboard. A number of Traps were laid around the School and we will be returning to do follow up visits. The cold weather has caused our furry friends to move indoors.

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