Bothersome Moths

June 22, 2020 11:15 am

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Do you have an infestation of moths? Are you wondering how to get rid of moths in your wardrobe, on the carpet or in your kitchen?

Clothes moths have seen a rapid increase in number, with English Heritage stating they had doubled in the last five years. The charity has even found a new species feeding on ancient fabric under their care. So now more than ever, fabrics and furniture are under threat from this pest. For help from Pest Control Essex, visit a site like BPC, a leading Pest Control Essex firm.

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We’ve all noticed that the majority of flying insects seem attracted to light. However, moths that attack clothing would much rather hide themselves in dark, quiet and undisturbed areas such as closets, cabinets and boxes. They also like to live near their food source.

Adult moths do not have a mouth so the holes in clothing are actually caused by moth larvae. Signs of damage on your clothing will show you where the eggs have been laid. You should look out for webbing and cocoons in the corners of your wardrobe and closet.

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Moths have a very strong sense of smell, and it is how they communicate, find a partner and detect food. Moths are attracted to the smells of sweat, body oil and hair that is left over on clothing, especially those made of natural fibres such as wool, fur, feathers or silk. Therefore, it is important to wash your clothes before you store them – especially if you are putting them away for a long period.