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Carpet Moth and Clothes Moth Control
The common cloth moth hides away in dark areas of the home and often the only sign of moth infestation in the house is clothes or carpet damage. Damage caused by common cloth moth to clothes can be identified with small pin prick holes and in carpet the damage can be more severe particularly under beds, sofas and furniture. Environ pest control offer a FREE site inspection on both residential and commercial premises so that we can provide you with an accurate diagnosis of the extent and source of moth infestation followed by an emailed report and proposal to reflect what we need to do to guarantee our treatment programme.
Moths in the house eating clothes and carpet?
Do I need to treat the moths?
The common cloth moth (Tineola bisselliella) is a serious pest control problem to residents in London and cost the textile industry millions of pounds in lost revenue each year. Although they do not pose a serious health risk, they are a pest in homes and businesses because of the severe damage their larvae cause in particular to clothes, fabrics (including pashmina and cashmere), furs, leather and carpets. The damage caused by moth can continue for many months which is why it is important to get a thorough fumigation and residual treatment implemented straight away. Unfortunately due to the fact that moths hide in out of the way places the damage moths can cause may have been done before numbers of flying moths are seen and so prevention of a moth problem at the source of infestation is important.
How do we treat a house moth problem in London?
While a relatively minor infestation of moths can be dealt with using DIY products, an established moth problem in the house will require the help of experts, Environ are committed to providing this service to the residents of London. As members of the B.P.C.A we care trained and qualified in the safe use of effective residual applications which are both nonrepellent and odourless. Moth monitoring traps are also placed in key discreet areas of the property to help us control adult moth on the wing.
We implement a free site survey prior to full fumigation, heat treatment programmes and moth extermination.
Often the first sign of a moth problem will be damage to fabrics and patches on carpets but there will usually be other indicators:
- small pin-prick holes in clothes
- bald patches on carpets
- adult moths (either crawling or on the wing)
- maggot-like larvae (moth caterpillars/wax-worms)
- the silken tubes or cases in which moth larvae live
- pupae (silk cocoons) which the larvae turn into moths
Unfortunately, due to the entomology of the species, an infestation can occur rapidly due to the harbourage of the moths in and out of the way areas such as:
- Under beds particularly where the bedroom is carpeted or stored goods are kept
- Under antique or woollen rugs
- Attics spaces where off cuts of carpet and old clothes may reside
- Cellars and basement areas particularly where there is carpet
- Boiler cupboards as they are very warm, damp areas ideal for common cloth moth
- Cupboards where towels and linen is being stored
Danger signs and things to look out for when trying to identify an infestation and its extent include:
- Dead moths around windows, lamps & lights (golden beige moths and not larger house moth
- Damage to textiles, rugs, carpets & clothes including visible signs of eggs and larvae are present
- Birds nest in or near the property usually in the attic space above a bedroom
White shouldered house moth in London
The Indian meal moth (Endrosis sarcitrella) is a particular problem that is located primarily in the kitchen area of your property, the main identifiers for this particular species is the dark mottled appearance and white flecking on the shoulders, they do not pose a risk to your clothes. Indian meal moth is usually brought into the kitchen through infested organic food stuffs as they are not treated with pesticide out in the fields. A thorough investigation, removal of infested food and residual application followed by fumigation will control Indian meal moth in 2 visits to the kitchen.
Infestation can be controlled with a complete site survey to identify the main source of infestation followed by a fumigation /fogging service in order to eradicate the species.
Environ are happy to implement a FREE site survey to all residents of London.
Effective moth control will include a variety of control techniques which includes effective fog fortification (fogging) residual application and heat treatments of clothes to ensure the complete control of the species in the various stages: