Pest Exterminator Essex takes steps to try and prevent another infestation occurring whether it is through one-off treatments or continued maintenance.
Moths are a very common pest and with one fluttering around, many people may tend to ignore it or perhaps swat it as they are small and make little noise except for if they are crashing into a light bulb.
Generally speaking, moths are one of the more harmless pests but there is a need to remove them if you have an infestation of moths.
Why do I have a moth infestation?
Moths may be attracted to the outside of your property if there are outside lights.
From there, moths can make their way inside through cracks and gaps in the structure of your property along with any open doors and windows.
Moths are particularly attracted to clothes that are dirty, whether that is through perspiration or drink spillages along with carpets and upholstery which have had drinks spilled on them as well.
The food moth is interested in food such as flour and seeds so if any of these are any unsecured, moths will be attracted to it.
Female moths can lay up to 600 eggs which hatch after around ten days so one or two moths breeding into your property can soon lead to a full-on infestation that needs to be handled.
Signs and consequences of a moth infestation
Moths are fairly easy to spot when fluttering but clothes moths tend to crawl along the floor rather than fly although they are easily visible to the human eye.
- Most moths are interested in fabrics such as clothing and carpets where they lay their larvae which eat away at the fabric causing holes to appear in them.
- Moth eggs and their larvae are tiny and hard to spot so it is likely that you will have to look for the more obvious signs which mean damaged clothing or carpets.
That is why it is particularly important to act fast to eliminate moths before they can do prolonged damage to a single item or to multiple items of clothing.
It is also important to deal with moths in a business setting such as a dry cleaning business to ensure that the clothes of customers aren’t damaged or a carpet/upholstery business to ensure stock isn’t damaged.
The food moth can lay their larvae into open packets of food which is not harmful to eat but can cause intestinal discomfort.
How to cope and deal with a moth infestation
Moth repellents are available which will work against one or two moths but won’t be much use against an infestation.
Any clothes outside a wardrobe or drawer should be inspected for moth larvae before being placed into a closed wardrobe or drawer as long as you are sure that no damaged has occurred to the clothes already stored away.
Clothes being held by a business should be wrapped in plastic to prevent moths from getting to the fabrics as they hang up in the place of business.
Any clothes that have been damaged or start to show signs of damage should be washed at a high temperature to kill off moth larvae.
Other clothes and fabrics should be washed regularly to keep them clean to make them less attractive to moths.
All food should be stored securely to prevent food moths from becoming attracted to your property and prevent them from having a place to lay their larvae.