There are many different species and types of moths; they are all colours and shades, some bright in colour and others more drab but the moths commonly found within the home are smaller, around 2cm and are often grey, brown or reddish brown.
But why do they infest out homes?
Moths are considered in agricultural terms, as a major nuisance and pest but their life cycle is usually completed with little impact on human activity. The female moth lays around 40 eggs in a 3 week cycle which, if the moth is in your home, fluttering about your designer clothes or stored blankets etc. can create a problem than can be expensive to eradicate.
A welcome food source for many animals including birds, other insects and reptiles, the moth encountered within the home is the insect responsible for ‘eating’ natural fabrics.
Wool, silks, felt, fur and feathers are all welcome foodstuff that the webbing moth finds within the home but it is the larvae that causes the damage. As it grows it devours the natural fibre leaving gaping holes, ruining clothes and scarves.
These small, buff coloured moths are no fan of the light preferring the dark corners where we store our clothes; they can remain their undisturbed for a long time… until you come to shake out those clothes only to find them full of holes!
Moth infestations – how do you know you have a moth problem?
The signs depend on the type of moth your have living within you property but…
Even though the life cycle of the moth is short, it takes no time at all for them to do the damage to your fabrics and clothes, with some species capable of laying over 300 eggs in one life time. Despite this shortness in life span, their development and activity is rapid. Typically a moth lives between 65 to 90 days, although other species can live for a lot less.
Shop bought remedies or professional help?
There are a variety of shop-bought remedies and treatments available to buy and use around the home, as well as a variety of ‘alternative’ or preventative measures, such as lavender sachets around the home, as well as ‘moth balls’, that harbour a distinctive, some say, unpleasant smell!
However, unless chemicals and treatments are applied correctly and of a high strength, shop bought remedies are not always sufficient to deal with the problem.
The shortest way to success is to call in SOS Pest Control – we identify the moth species and then apply the right treatment, leaving you and your home moth-free!
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