Expert Moth Control Fife – Elysium Pest Control
At Elysium Pest Control, we have over 20 years experience and training in pest control. We have the knowledge and equipment to deal with moth infestations, quickly and safely.
Moths often cause issues in the food and textile industries.
They contaminate many types of stored food products or damage natural fibres, especially wool.
They will also damage leather, silk and cotton, as well as other materials making Moth Control a necessity.
How Do Elysium Pest Control Deal with Moths?
Over the years of dealing with moths, we know how to safely and effectively ensure that the moths will not return by carrying out the following:
1. Identify where the moth infestation originates.
2. Check darkened cupboards or gaps under heavy furniture as well as under skirting and carpet edges.
3. Treat with an appropriate insecticide.
4. Monitor the situation for further signs.
5. Also check for bird nests which are a common source of moth infestations.
6. And in warehouse situations, moth traps can be used.
Why Should You Control Moths?
There are 4 main reasons why you should control moths:
1. Textile moths prefer to feed on any woollen goods but may damage any other kinds of fabric.
2. Proofed carpets are not always resistant to insect attach and can live up to 2 years.
3. They can be found in dark, quiet and undisturbed areas.
4. Moths reduce the effective life of fabrics and cause stress too householders.
Tips to Help get Rid of Moth Larvae.
Follow these tips and advice to help reduce moth larvae in your home, whilst we treat your moth problem:
- Change vacuum bags often – to make sure you remove larvae & eggs from your property, emptying your vacuum outside & carefully double bag the content before placing in outside bin.
- Wash all fabrics – soft furnishings, linens, rugs, blankets, curtains & towels in the affected area – moth larvae find these as tasty as clothes.
- Keep clothes clean – female moths like to lay eggs on fabrics stained with sweat or urine as the larvae gain more nutrients from these. Always clean clothes before putting them back in your wardrobe.
- Clean and wash down affected furniture – wardrobes, cupboards and drawers, especially cracks & crevices where moth eggs can be hidden out of sight.
- Clean suitcases – bags, storage boxes & containers as these might be hiding more eggs or larvae.
- Check vintage – purchases whether vintage clothes or antique linens & soft furnishings should be dry cleaned or treated before being placed with existing fabrics.
- Be vigilant – keep a constant look out for holes in garments & keep rooms dry and well-ventilated.
The clothes moth has good taste: luscious cashmere is its favourite dish, followed by a host of natural fibres including silk, lambswool, shearling, feathers and cotton.
So how do you protect yourself against infestation?
Deep clean your wardrobe!
Moths like undisturbed corners that are dark and warm.
Remove everything from your wardrobe, hoover all the corners and drawers, and wipe all your surfaces with a detergent-soaked cloth to kill off larvae.
Adult clothes moths don’t feed, but females can lay between 40 and 50 eggs onto fabrics which can hatch within 10 days if warm enough, but can take longer to hatch at colder temperatures.
It’s this larval stage of clothes moths that feed on the ‘keratin’ within natural fibres, causing surface damage and generating holes in the fabric.
Sometimes the larvae can be seen crawling slowly, moving from the material they hatch on, particularly Case-Bearing Clothes Moths which can travel a considerable distance from the originally infested area to find secure cracks and crevices in which to spin cocoons to develop into adult moths.
Carpet Moths are also known as Tapestry Moths.
They are a similar size to Clothes Moths and their larvae have the same taste in fabrics, furnishings and garments.
They happily munch their way through wool carpets and silk rugs.
The adult moths live only a few months, but females can lay up to 200 eggs in this time – in quiet, dark, undisturbed areas.
Favoured locations for the moth larvae are:
· Under sofas
· Behind heavy curtains
· Along skirting boards
· Beneath heavy, rarely moved furniture
The larvae can live for up to two years eating away at the natural fibres leaving balding patches at the corners or edges of carpets and rugs.
Often the larvae will be the same colour as the carpet fibres they are consuming, as they have digested the dyes in the carpet pile. In ambient temperature they can produce several generations in one year.
If you find small bald patches at the edges or corners of carpets and rugs – containing natural fibres like wool and silk.
Any damage is much more likely to be caused by Clothes Moth larvae or Carpet Beetle damage than by Carpet Moths.
Contact Elysium Pest Control
As experts we are able to quickly:
· Identify – the specific moth species and the extent of the infestation
· Recommend – the most appropriate moth treatment for your property
· Implement – effective, targeted treatments to get rid of moths quickly
· Advise – on actions you can take to help prevent further moth problems.