Moth Control

Moth Control | Eradicate Moths | Exterminate Moths – Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions

Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions offer a full range of pest control and pest eradication services to clients in Suffolk and Essex. Our clothes moth extermination service will eradicate clothes moths from your home or business quickly and effectively. We provide a discreet pest control service and can arrive in unmarked vehicles if required. Emergency appointments are available on request and we can guarantee our services.

Our work is carried out with strict adherence to current health and safety legislation and all our pest control operatives are CRB checked and qualified, to at least BPCA RSPH Level 2.

About Moths

There are many different types of moth in the UK but the main ones we are asked to deal with are the Common Clothes Moth, the Brown House Moth and the Case-bearing Clothes Moth. The body of the adult Clothes Moth (Tineola bisselliella) is between 6 and 8 mm and it has a wing span of 9 to 16 mm. It has two pairs of wings which are a buff colour and both pairs have fringed edges. The larvae, which look like small maggots, are yellowish white with a small brown head.

The female Clothes Moth lays her eggs in dark, quiet places; under beds, under furniture and in clothing or material left or open stored in loft spaces or wardrobes. It is the larvae of Clothes Moths that can damage carpets, clothes and furniture as, like the carpet beetle larvae, they will eat natural fibres such as wool and cashmere. If left untreated an infestation can quickly cause damage to clothing.

The life cycle of moths

An adult Clothes Moth lives for about 2 – 3 weeks. In that time the female will lay between 70 – 100 small white eggs. After a few days the eggs hatch and the larvae start to feed. They spin a fine tube around themselves which gets covered in scraps of material and droppings. This helps to protect her young. Once the young have eaten their fill, they pupate, forming a shell-like structure within which they develop into adult moths.

The length of time between egg and adult moth depends on a number of factors. Air temperature, quality of food and moisture in the air all play a part and the process could take anything up to a year. If conditions are right, the life cycle should take about 63 days.

The treatment of moths

It is difficult to stop moths entering the home as they fly in through open windows and doors, but a thorough survey will reveal the source of the infestation. Deep hoovering to prime locations like dark corners or under beds and furniture is required to remove the eggs and the application of a residual insecticide will eradicate the pest.

When treating Clothes Moth infestations, we endeavour to use the most environmentally friendly products. We ask customers to vacate their property for a few hours while the treatment is carried out to allow any residual insecticide spray to dry.

Moth Control – contact us now for friendly and effective assistance.

We work in the following locations: Ipswich, Felixstowe, Woodbridge, Framlingham, Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury, Colchester, Manningtree, Harwich, Clacton, Maldon, Chelmsford, Witham and Braintree. Work further afield may also be considered.

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