Moths in the carpet

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“If you have moths in the carpet, moths in clothes, moths in the kitchen or moths in the bedroom and you want to get rid of moths in the house, here’s some information you might want to know….

moths in the carpetIf you’ve seen moths flying around in your home then it’s already too late.
What do you do when the expensive pure wool carpet that had been laid just months before is ruined, full of holes and clumps of half-eaten wool
It can get worse when inspecting the wardrobes in your bedroom.
Look out for the little worms that are doing the eating. This is when they are at the larval stage.

Moths are wrecking Britain’s homes as never before

After some busy breeding for what will turn into a moth nightmare! Replacing carpets is an expensive option, not to mention the hassle!
Non-professional treatments don’t work well especially on a large-scale infestation.
The only option, call in a pest control firm.
Treatments involve a residual pesticide spray and sometimes fumigation.
At around the cost of a cashmere sweater, you would be mad not to.
Destroyer: Clothes moths are thriving because of our improved living conditions

Clothes moths, otherwise known as Tineola biselliella, quite happily spend months concealed in a dark wardrobe so they can breed in peace and let their young dine on your favourite clothes, they have expensive tastes too!
The adult females are around a centimetre long and camouflaged silvery-brown, lay eggs, which resemble rice grains, on clothes and carpet.
Females lay around 40 eggs over a three–week period, then die, although males can mate throughout their full life cycle.
It takes only a few days for eggs to hatch, they remain as larvae for up to two years, munching away at any natural fibres they can.
The problem is our homes are warm throughout the year, thanks to the central heating.
According to the National Trust — which regularly mothproofs antique textiles and garments in Britain’s stately homes — this has meant clothes moths are now able to breed in far greater numbers than before.

‘There’s usually an increase due to warmer weather, but in the old days they’d have died off in the winter. Because of central heating, moths breed all year round.’
Moths have excellent taste, silk, cashmere, sheepskin, feathers and pure wool are particular favourites

‘Clothes moths only feed on natural fibres, and these days, clothes are mass-produced cheaply in what would once have been very expensive fabric.’
The problem is particularly acute for older houses, moths can find plenty of nooks and crannies to breed in and which are often decorated with antique furnishings.

‘You need to vacuum every nook and cranny, including inside wardrobes, and then follow it up with insecticide

moths in the house‘Moths breed in dark, undisturbed places and a quick run-round with the hoover won’t shift eggs from those places, or wool carpets that are under furniture,’ explains pest expert Ian Miller. ‘You need to vacuum every nook and cranny, including inside wardrobes, and then follow it up with insecticide.’
It also means decluttering wardrobes of any clothes you don’t wear regularly. ‘If garments are pressed tightly together, it allows moths to cross-infest different fabrics,’ warns Miller.

Beware bargains

Our national love of an eBay or charity shop bargain could be contributing to the problem, as old furniture, clothes and upholstery can contain moths, or their larvae — recognisable as inch-long, silvery threads.
Keep all second-hand fabrics in sealed plastic bags until they’ve been thoroughly washed or dry-cleaned.

Shake them off

The moth life cycle is around three weeks, so if you shake out your clothing in the daylight once or twice a month, you’ll disturb them and dislodge their larvae.
Don’t ignore upholstery and furnishings either — rugs and cushions can harbour eggs, so if you suspect a moth invasion, give them a good beating and hang them on the washing line in the sun.
Boil wash

The biggest draw for a hungry moth is stained clothing. Sweat, dried-in food particles and oil from make-up or hair products are like a delicious buffet for moths, so if you’re tempted to skimp on dry cleaning, you’re asking for trouble.
When you wash items yourself, make sure the water is hotter 48 degrees centigrade — and the wash programme lasts for at least half an hour — to be certain that every stage of the insect’s life cycle has been killed off.
Seal and store

Once clean, the simplest moth-proof way to store clothes such as coats and suits is in sealed plastic storage bags.
If all else fails . . .

Call in the experts.

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call London Pest Control about MOTHS IN THE CARPET on

020 3697 1262 or email hello@london-pest-control.net