· Are moth infestations on the increase? Why would this be?
· Do you know what to do if you think you have a problem with moths?
· Can you prevent moths?
Mr Pesty can answer all these questions and more…
Many people think that moth infestations are once again, on the increase here in the UK. Associated with life at the turn of the century, the need for moth balls as preventative measures in wardrobes, cupboards, drawers and suitcases across Lincoln was thought to have died away but, it may be we need to once again take another look at how moths could be eating their way through strode clothing, carpets etc.
At the turn of the century, we were still wearing many items and using items in the home that were made from natural fibres. With advances in technologies and manufacturing, as well as science, some of these natural fibres were superseded by ones we made; they were cheaper and more durable, in most cases.
As we once again face the possibility that manufacturing such materials is having an impact on the earth, we are looking for more natural and organic fibres. Wool, silk, cotton and leather are fast becoming the choice of fabrics over and above synthetic, or man-made materials.
How moth infestations happen
It is not the moth itself that causes damage to carpets, clothing and soft furnishings, but the larvae. Moths make their way in to the home in a variety of ways; attracted to electric night at night time, they will fly in through open windows and doors.
Once in the home, they will search for and many find, materials that are natural – wool in carpets, woolly jumpers, cotton, silk and leather goods too and they will lay their eggs on these materials. They will, of course, favour dark places, where they will be undisturbed by humans, animals and any predators.
The egg will ‘hatch’ developing in to larvae which, in order for it to develop into a fully-fledged moth, will slowly and methodically chew its way through the natural fibres.
By the time you discover the larvae, the damage has been done!
How to treat a moth infestation
The best course of action, that will cause minimum stress but maximum impact, is to call Mr Pesty. With many years’ experience in pest control, we know where to look for eggs and larvae, and how to chemically treat them, quickly and safely.
Prevention is better than cure in all cases of pest control issues, and moths are no different. Vacuuming in the corner of dark cupboards, under items etc. is a must, as is closing windows and doors as soon as dusk falls to prevent the moths from entering the home or property.
If you are storing items, make sure they are clean before you pack them away; sealing them in air tight, vacuumed sealed plastic is the best way to ensure that all your prized winter woollies are kept damage-free from moths.