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Moth Pest Control

Moth Pest Control in Essex & Suffolk

Moth Pest Control & Removal

Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions offer a full range of moth 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 moth pest control service and can arrive in unmarked vehicles if required. Emergency moth pest control appointments are available on request and we can guarantee our pest control 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.

Facts 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 wingspan of 9 to 16 mm. It has two pairs of wings which are 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.

Do you have clothes moths multiplying in your wardrobe? If you do, it is vital to call on the moth pest control services of Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions – the pest control experts of Colchester, Chelmsford, Witham, Braintree, Manningtree, Ipswich, Stowmarket, Felixstowe and all areas of Suffolk and Essex – before your moth problem spirals out of control.

We all cherish the clothes in our wardrobe, so it can be hugely upsetting to find moths have munched their way through some of our much-loved outfits and accessories. Clothes moths not only feed on wool fibres but also on silks, cotton, linens, furs and rayons (usually blended with wool). In the worst cases, they can cause hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds worth of damage. And, it’s not just clothes that are the target of these pests – clothes moths can also attack carpets, rugs, curtains and upholstery.

There is no doubt about it, it is devastating to put on a favourite jumper, T-shirt, suit, trousers, dress, skirt or scarf to find that clothes moths have feasted on the fabric, creating holes in the most obvious of places. Unfortunately, it isn’t the cheapest fabrics they go for. Moths have expensive taste and your favourite woollens, cashmere, silks and vintage clothing are, sadly, generally the ones that fall victim.

Once you have moths in your home, they can be very difficult to get rid of. While it is possible to repair some moth holes (by taking them to an experienced clothes menders), more damaged items, particularly woollens, can be impossible to mend. And if items have to be thrown away or replaced, this can prove extremely costly.

So, if you are worried about clothes moths, for complete peace of mind it is vital to call in the experts.  Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions are the moth pest control experts of Colchester and Ipswich and will help rid our home of clothes moths, their eggs and larvae. And, as an untreated clothes moth problem can prove expensive, we offer a cost-effective solution, which could save you valuable money in the long run.

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.

Professional moth treatment

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 moth pest control customers to vacate their property for a few hours while the treatment is carried out to allow any residual insecticide spray to dry.

Contact us now for friendly and effective assistance with moth pest control.

Frequently asked questions
about Moth pest control

What do clothes moths look like?

Clothes moths are quite distinct from common swift moths or other types of UK moths which have different characteristics. The most common types of clothes moths are webbing clothes moth and the casemaking clothes moth, which are similar in size. The webbing moth is gold in colour and the case-making moth is browner, with dark coloured spots on the wings; both have hairs on the top of their head. The larvae of the casemaking clothes moth carry with them a silken case, which takes on the same colour as the clothes they have eaten. The webbing moth leaves patches of silk webbing, like cobwebs, and produce excrement which contains dye from the clothes they have been feeding on, making them hard to spot.

What environments do moths like best?

Contrary to popular belief, and unlike other moths, such as the common swift moth, clothes moths are not attracted to the light. So they fester in folds, collars and cuffs of clothing; under furniture and between upholstery; in the dark crevices and corners of wardrobes, and in attics and cellars.

As these species are attracted to undisturbed places, it is often difficult to discover a clothes moth infestation until it is too late. One solution is to check your clothes regularly, including the ones that you have put away in storage, so you can take action at the earliest opportunity.

Why Do Adult Moths Eat Clothes?

No, it is not the adult clothes moths that are the offenders, but the moth larvae which are responsible for the destruction of clothes and fabric – and, depending on the conditions, they can stay in this state for a year.

How quickly can moths multiply?

Although adult moths have a relatively short life-span of up to three weeks, the female moths of both species can lay up to 100 eggs in this time. These only take a few days to hatch, after which the larvae to start to feed.

Are all fabrics at risk of moths?

Natural and blended fibres are most at risk, as moths tend to avoid fabrics, carpets and upholstery made entirely of synthetic fibres. Moths generally avoid synthetics, unless the fabric has lots of sweat, saliva or food stains. Keeping your clothes clean with regular dry cleaning or laundering will help deter moths.

Are moths a pest all year round?

Yes, clothes moths are a persistent pest all year round, and this is partly down to central heating and milder winters.

Is it possible to get rid of moths yourself?

There are all sorts of moth deterrents on the market, including chemical and natural varieties such as lavender bags and cedar balls, although there are limits to how effective these can be.

Regularly laundering your clothes and vacuuming in the crevices of wardrobes, under beds and along skirting boards can help. As can storing your woollens in the freezer over winter, hanging them outside when it is frosty, and keeping them in sealed plastic bags.

Other home solutions include moth traps, sprays, ultraviolet light bulbs and moth strips. However, if you have a persistent problem, it is vital to call in the experts.

How Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions can help with moth pest control?

If you are worried about moths in your home, call your friendly local pest control experts of Colchester and Ipswich – Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions – who will carry out a full survey to discover the source of the infestation and will treat the problem to prevent further costly damage.

We use the most environmentally friendly products and ask householders to vacate the property both during treatment, and for a couple of hours after it, to allow our insecticide sprays to dry.

Looking for free moth pest control advice? Call us on 01473 328092


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