The majority of moths in the UK (approx 2,400 species) are harmless, however a few are seen as pests due to the damage their larvae cause to materials, textiles and stored products. Unlike other pests, moths pose you no health risks.
The presence of moths in your home can be frustrating. Not just because of the damage they can cause, but it’s likely to be damage to clothes and fabric that you may have an emotional attachment to – nobody wants to find damage on their carefully stored wedding dress, or holes in a quilted throw handed down from a beloved grandmother. The damage these pests can cause to carpets, curtains and upholstery can also become very costly.
Follow these tips to help reduce moth larvae in your home, whilst our team treat your moth problem:
Preventing moths in your home or business must always include ways to deny them entry indoors. Once inside moths will lay eggs in dark and rarely disturbed areas such as wardrobes or cupboards, where clothes or other textiles are stored and could be damaged.
Use fly screens - or draw curtains at night to prevent moths entering your home through doors and windows.
Vacuum regularly - ensure hidden areas such as under large furniture or sofas are regularly vacuumed, to try and remove moth eggs before they hatch.
Keep stored textiles in sealed bags - if you plan to store textiles for a long period of time, keep them in sealed plastic bags or suitcases to prevent moth’s access to lay eggs.
Clean clothes - moths are attracted to dirty or soiled garments, so always clean clothes thoroughly before storing them.
It is very common to see Brown House moths in your home.
The Common Clothes Moth larvae is responsible for making irregular holes in fabrics.
The Case-Bearing Clothes moth makes more regular holes in fabrics.
Similar to the Common Clothes moth.
More rare than the Common Clothes moth. Check imported goods such as hides or objects of animal origin.