Moth Pest Control

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Once inside your home or business, moths can severely damage natural fibres in carpets, clothes, fabrics, fur and even leather. Moth caterpillars cause the damage by eating the protein (keratin) found in natural materials like wool, cotton and silk.

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.

Signs of Moths

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.

How To Get Rid of Moths

Follow these tips to help reduce moth larvae in your home, whilst our team treat your moth problem:

  1. Change vacuum bags often - to make sure you remove larvae and eggs from your property.
  2. Wash all fabrics - soft furnishings, linens, curtains and towels in the affected area – moth larvae find these as tasty as clothes.
  3. Clean and wash down affected furniture - wardrobes, cupboards and drawers, especially cracks and crevices where eggs might be hiding.
  4. Clean suitcases - bags and containers as these might be hiding more eggs or larvae.
Moth Prevention

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.

Moth Species

  • Brown House Moth

    (Hofmannophila pseudospretella)

    It is very common to see Brown House moths in your home.


    • Adult — 8–14 mm long.
    • Brown in colour with three or four darker spots.
    • Larva — up to 20 mm long.
    • Larvae feed on animal textiles like wool, leather and feathers.


    • Normally one generation per year.


    • Larva may wander considerable distances prior to pupation.
    • Generally regarded as a scavenger.
  • Common Clothes Moth

    (Tineola bisselliella)

    The Common Clothes Moth larvae is responsible for making irregular holes in fabrics.


    • Adult — 6 – 8 mm long.
    • Straw coloured wings with no markings.
    • Trailing edge of the wings is strongly fringed.
    • Larvae — up to 10 mm long. Creamy white with a brown head.


    • Egg to adult is usually about 6 weeks. May reach 10 to 18 months if the food is poor or temperatures are cold.


    • Adult does not feed. Runs rather than flies, avoids the light.
  • Case-Bearing Clothes Moth

    (Tinea pellionella)

    The Case-Bearing Clothes moth makes more regular holes in fabrics.


    • Adult — 6 - 8mm long.
    • Dark buff forewings with three faint spots (may appear as two).
    • Larvae — up to 10 mm long.  Creamy white in colour.


    Similar to the Common Clothes moth.


    More rare than the Common Clothes moth. Check imported goods such as hides or objects of animal origin.