In the UK alone, there are around 2,500 moth species. The most common types of moth found in the home are the clothes moth and the Indian meal moth.
Moths are closely related to butterflies, but unlike their prettier relations they’re generally only active at night. The majority of moths are considered pesky insects, as they are often framed for eating natural materials found in the home such as silk and wool. However, adult moths don’t actually eat anything at all and it is the moth larvae that cause this destruction.
Many people do not consider moths a major problem and are inclined to ignore them if found in the home. However, controlling a moth outbreak at the first sign of infestation is crucial.
The Indian meal moth has brown/grey colourings and is approximately 3 -4 inches long. They are often brought into homes through packages of birdseed then spread around the rest of the property. These pesky creatures can infest all types of dry food packages, such as pasta, rice, walnuts, dates and dry dog food. Therefore, storing food in insect proof airtight containers and ensuring all cupboards and surfaces are thoroughly clean is key in order to avoid an Indian meal moth infestation.
The clothes moth has yellow/brown colourings and is around 5mm long. These smaller moths are found in dark, undisturbed areas and are rarely seen as they very seldom fly. Clothes moths received their name through their tendency to destroy fine clothing and fabrics such as cashmere, feather, silk and fur. When infestations occur these moths are known to destroy, carpets, rugs and upholstered furniture.
Moths generally don’t live very long, but the female can lay around 50 eggs, which hatch within just 4-10 days in the summer and around 3 weeks in the winter. To avoid a clothes moth infestation, make sure all winter coats and other fine garments are dry cleaned and stored in clothing bags. You should also try to avoid putting away clothing that has already been worn, as clothes moths are often attracted to perspiration odours. Vacuuming and cleaning all carpets and upholstery regularly will also reduce the chances of a clothes moth infestation.
Here at Terminex we offer high quality pest control services. Our expert technicians can treat all moths in your home and also advise on how to prevent the infestation from reoccurring. Contact us today and say goodbye to pesky moths.