Are the contents of your wardrobe under attack?

23 Nov

The common clothes moth

Summer 2016 provided the ideal conditions for the breeding of moths. Millions of homes in the UK are, therefore, likely to have moth larvae hiding away somewhere. As the weather gets colder people will be reaching for their winter woollies and may well find that moth larvae have had a field day chomping through their precious clothes. It’s the larvae that will munch through your best woollies – the moths themselves don’t eat fabric.  And it’s not just clothes the larvae eat. They will munch holes in any natural fibres: carpets, clothes, fabric, even leather.  The damage these pests create can be very costly.

It is this time of year that we generally start to receive calls about moth-related problems and after such favourable breeding conditions this summer and a mild autumn we expect this year to be no different.

At Abate Pest Management we have a range of professional treatments we can use to eradicate your moth problem quickly and effectively. We don’t recommend the use of moth balls containing paradichlorobenzene and naphthalene as there is evidence to suggest these may be toxic to young children.

Tips to help reduce moth larvae in your home

At the same time as calling in the professionals there are also some actions you can take to reduce the number of damage causing moth larvae in your home.

1.    Areas that are not regularly reached by the vacuum cleaner are the most likely places for the larvae to be found. Deep cleaning should be carried out in infested rooms, paying particular attention to wall/floor junctions, carpet edges and soft furnishings.  Change the bag in your vacuum often – this will help remove larvae and eggs from your property.

2.    Wash all fabric in the affected area – moth larvae will also munch through soft furnishings, towels, linens, curtains etc. Any infested clothing should be washed on as hot a temperature as possible to kill eggs and larvae.  Alternatively, any small items not suitable for washing or dry cleaning can be placed in an air-tight bag and stored in a freezer for 3 days to kill all life stages.

3.    Clean and wash furniture – wardrobes, cupboards and drawers should be checked and cleaned. As well as the underside of furniture as larvae sometimes pupate on these surfaces. Pay particular attention to cracks and crevices where eggs might be hiding.

4.    Clean any bags or containers – such as suitcases as eggs and larvae might be hiding there.

These pests not only affect homes but can be a major setback for clothing or soft furnishing manufacturing and storage facilities, museums and shops. Having a favourite jumper damaged by moth larvae is one thing, having a warehouse full of expensive designer garments damaged is a large financial problem – especially if contaminated stock has also infected a customer’s premises.

It’s important to take action as soon as you notice signs of a moth infestation. Call Abate Pest Management if you need to get rid of moths from your property.

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