While moths do not pose a health risk, they are a pest in homes because of the severe damage their larvae cause to clothes, fabrics, furs, leather and carpets.
This damage may continue for many weeks after moth caterpillars have hatched – serious harm may have been done before numbers of flying moths are seen and so prevention of a moth problem is important.
While a minor infestation of moths can be dealt with using DIY products, an established moth problem is likely to require professional assistance.
Often the first sign of a moth problem will be damage to fabrics but there will usually be other indicators:
There are four common species of moth infestation in the home:
It is difficult to keep moths from entering an open window or door, although it is advisable to draw the curtains or use a fly screen when windows are open at night when moths will be attracted to lights.
Once inside, moths lay eggs in dark and rarely disturbed areas where clothes or other textiles are stored.
High risk areas include spare rooms, under beds and infrequently used cupboards or wardrobes. Lofts are also at risk because moths are attracted to bird nests that may be in the eaves of the house.
Dirty or soiled clothing is particularly attractive to moths, so always clean clothes before storing them.
Where textiles are to be stored for a period of time, keep them in sealed plastic bags or suitcases.
Ensure hidden areas such as under furniture are regularly vacuumed to remove moth eggs before they hatch. This is particularly important if there has been a previous infestation or if you have noticed increased levels of moth activity.
Rentokil technicians have a range of powerful insecticides to deal with moths and provide the reassurance that the problem has been fully dealt with.
Rentokil Pest Control offers a call-out service to treat moths or any other pest problem in the home. The service is fast, effective and affordable.
If you would like further advice or to arrange a range a visit from one of our service technicians, call us on (65) 63478138.