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Although the expression goes ‘Like a moth to a flame’, moths are attracted to a lot more than light and flame. One can find moths and their larvae inside the pantry or in the closet feasting on expensive materials such as silk, leather, or heirloom garments and carpets. Moths are harmless to human health, but they can cause a lot of emotional damage. Meanwhile, the presence of moths in commercial buildings can lead to reputation damage, failed inspections, fines, and even shutdowns.

There are more than 2,500 species of various moths in the UK. They are important due to their vital role as pollinators and in the food chain. However, some moth species are considered nuisance pests when they infest residential and commercial properties.

Simply known as food, clothes, and carpet moths, they can be quite annoying, and removing a moth infestation on your own isn’t an easy task. Professional pest control services will help deal with moth infestations, deter them completely, and prevent future pest issues.

 Moth extermination methods vary on the type of building. Moth Fumigation is an effective solution for large-scale commercial buildings while heat treatment can be suitable for residential issues.

All methods consist of chemical-free and eco-friendly treatments that pose no threats to humans and pets. At the same time, they guarantee that all moths, larvae, and eggs are completely removed from your property.

What are moths?

Moths, close relatives to butterflies, are nocturnal insects found all over the world except for the poles. It’s common knowledge that light attracts moths, but they are more attracted to the darker spaces of your house, which happen to be the same places where goodies are kept.

There are about 160,000 moth species, but those that one can encounter inside the house are just a few. They gather at night around outdoor lights and wait for the chance to make their way inside a property and ruin someone’s clothes, textiles, or food staples. Once moths enter a home, they will make a home in dark places where they can lay eggs and have enough food sources. What they eat makes the distinction between moth pests.

Common moth pests

There are three types of moths that can destroy a lot of stuff you hold dear including that valuable wedding dress that was passed down through generations.

Clothes moths

This is one of those moth species that prefer darkness over light. They are tiny and can be confused with food moths. Thus, they are commonly found in closets, as well as attic areas where they are seldom disturbed. There are two types of clothes moths, casemaking and webbing.

Like all other moths and insects in the Lepidoptera family, their life cycle consists of the same stages, egg, larvae, pupa, and adult. When it comes to cloth moths, it’s the larvae that makes all the damage. The larvae create feeding tubes out of the cloth material. They feed on anything of keratin or animal origin, such as wool, silk, fur, feathers, cashmere, alpaca, leather, etc.

Cloth moths larvae are difficult to spot as the feeding tube they make is often the same color as the fabric. Besides clothing, they can feed on blankets, quilts, chairs, curtains, tapestry, and more.

Cloth moths don’t prefer new or freshly cleaned materials. They prefer their meal a bit seasoned. Thus, human perspiration, bodily fluids, and food stains are high on their list of favorite snacks. Hence, it is important to clean clothing properly before storing it for the next season. Moreover, it is important to check well any new piece of second-hand or vintage cloth or textile that one brings home. The webbing moth larvae create irregular holes. The eggs and the larvae as well are cream-coloured. Meanwhile, the holes made by the casemaking larvae are more regular. Another peculiar trait of cloth moths is that they can be seen around walking or crawling instead of flying.

Carpet moths

This species is quite similar to the clothes moth although they are smaller. The carpet moth larvae are not limited only to carper fiber dishes. It can feed on anything made of natural fire including upholstered furniture, cushions, and curtains. They also use these items as hiding places. They also can hide in air vents with or lint ducts.

Food pantry moths

This is one of the most common species found in moth infestations. They are attracted to a wide range of food staples such as oatmeal, flour, cereals, and any type of dry goods that can be stored.  The moth lays the eggs in the food. Even though they don’t pose a threat to human health the simple thought of eating moth eggs or larvae is disgusting.

Identifying a Moth Problem

Moths are different but they share some signs in common when it comes to property infestations. The best would be to avoid any moth-related issues, however, you can look out for the following signs:

  • Small maggot-looking larvae in your dry food, flour, oat, rice, etc.
  • Uneven holes in your clothes or textile materials
  • Silky tunnels, tubes, or cocoons close to your natural fiber garments
  • Adult moths flying or walking around
  • Shedding garments, upholstery, or carpets
  • Visible threads on carpets

How to prevent moth infestations

Moths can be as persistent as other types of pests. They can hide their eggs well in places that one can never think to look for. However, experts suggest some common things to prevent moth issues

  • Securely store all dry foods
  • Dust and vacuum regularly
  • Change vacuum bags often
  • Clean suitcases and other travel bags
  • Wash infested items in hot water
  • Store textiles in airtight containers
  • Use bay leaves on your pantry
  • Frequently inspect food storage areas and closets
  • Wash clothes before storing them
  • Clean affected areas, textiles, and furniture
Plane Moth on a wall

Professional moth treatment

If you have a moth pest issue in your house or commercial building, you’re likely looking for a fast and effective solution before they damage your garments or contaminate your food. However, other pests can cause the same damage as cloth or pantry moths. A professional pest control expert can easily tell the difference between various pests and define the best treatment method. If you need assistance with a residential or commercial pest infestation issue, the experts at BioActive Pest Control can help you with effective pest-proofing solutions

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