Moth infestation

Moth treatment and control London for businesses and residents

Moths are one of the very few domestic pests that pose no risk to the human health. Moths usually enter a property through opened windows and doors, second hand furniture and clothes, infested luggage or contaminated food. Moths are considered pests because their larvae eat different kinds of natural fabrics attracted by keratin, which is a protein, present in some organic materials. An infestation started by the caterpillars can seriously damage clothes, carpets, fur and leather made of natural fibres.

There are species, however, that feed on grains, seeds, flour, nuts and dried fruit such as the Meal moth, the Warehouse moth and the Mill moth. These species are capable of chewing through packaging to get to a food source where, after feeding, the moth would usually leave traces of silky webbing and excrements. The regular Clothes moth as well as the stored product moth species can reproduce with high rates and in cases of developed infestations it may be very hard to get rid of them.

Prime Pest Control offer integrated moth control and targeted treatments with guaranteed high success rates. With time our BPCA-trained moth exterminators have attained profound knowledge in the moth pest control, successfully eradicating all sorts of domestic and commercial infestations across East, West, South and North London. Moths can cause trouble and damage to a lot of fabrics in your home, but when it comes to commercial infestations of textiles and stored products, a moth infestation could have a significant impact on your business. If you notice unusual holes in fabrics and organic materials or packaging that may be a sign of a moth infestation. You may also be able to spot larvae, eggs, silken tubular-shaped cases and silk cocoons.

Moth treatment

When professional moth pest control is required, there are a few steps that we follow prior to any treatment. Firstly and most importantly, the pest technician will carry out a detailed inspection, trying to find the source, type and level of the infestation. During this stage some of the most probable hiding spots will be located and a targeted treatment will be carried out using methods in accordance with the best practice codes for moth control. Usually, the Clothes moth is hiding in wardrobes and drawers, where clothes and organic fabrics are available, which are the main food source of this species. The other species that causes nuisance in residential and commercial premises, the Meal moth, is often associated with invading and contaminating food supplies, especially seeds and grains. This moth will chew its way or enter through tiny holes to reach its preferable food source.

After the inspection our moth specialist will assess the situation and advise you on the most appropriate treatment to be undertaken. Our moth removal methods include chemical and non-chemical solutions such as spray and fumigation, also proofing, which is a universal best practice for all sorts of pests. As a population growth deterrent we use pheromone trap dispensers, which are non-toxic and ensure long-lasting moth control. These traps work as they attract male moths and prevent them from mating with the females, thus greatly decreasing the level of infestation.

Some of the best practices for moth prevention and control also include:

  • thorough vacuuming on a regular basis of all possible hiding spots and areas
  • use of curtains or fly screens to prevent moths from entering your property through windows
  • keeping food sources properly stored and sealed most of the time, especially cereals, seeds and grains
  • washing and cleaning all textiles, clothes, bedding and curtains in the premises affected
  • putting all washed clothes in bags and sealing them until we get rid of your problem permanently

About moths

Moths are flying insects, cousins of the butterflies. There are more than 150 thousand species known in the world, most of which are nocturnal. Flying in the dark, these insects are very often attracted to lights, which has not been explained yet. In London and the UK’s urban areas there are primarily two types of moths that are considered pests and these are the Clothes moth and the Meal moth. The Clothes moth nests in storage places, where clothes, carpets or other textiles and fabrics are kept, unlike the Meal moth, which prefers to settle within organic food sources.

Unlike the adult moths, which can fly and feed on nectar from plants’ blossoms, their larvae feed on natural fibres and fabrics, seeds, grains and others. The larvae or the caterpillars of some species are invasive pests, posing risk to forests and agricultural crops. Moths in urban areas usually try to settle near their preferable food source, depending on the species.

Moths reproduce with high rates and eradicating developed infestations is a challenge. Usually, the fertile female releases pheromones to attract the male and mate. The development of a newly-hatched moth to a fully-grown adult happens in several stages. Firstly, the moth will lay eggs, which will usually hatch within 15 days. The following larvae stage may take from 2 months to 2 years for some species to develop into a cocoon. The last stage is the pupae (cocoon) and it lasts between 15 and 60 days before they become adult moths. Fully-grown adults can live up to 30 days.

As part of our moth pest control we also offer targeted treatments and extermination solutions tackling other textile pests, such as the fur, the leather and the carpet beetle.

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