Moths Pest Control

We are only concerned with the Moths that will infest and eat our clothes, fabrics or stored products. In the UK the most common moths starting with the textile pest species are:-

  • Common Clothes Moth and Case Bearing Clothes Moth (Tineola bisselliella & Tinaea pellionella) These are very similar although the Common is as its name suggests more widespread. The larvae feed on furs, wools and carpets.
  • Brown House Moth (Hofmannophila pseudospretella) very common larvae feeding on fur, feathers etc.
  • White Shouldered House Moth (Endrosis sarcitrella) found in birds nests, grain stores, feed mills.

Moths pest control

A common theme with all of the "textile" moths is their preference to fabrics and materials of natural origin. It is only the larvae which actually feed and cause the damage. They will enter properties through roof spaces from old bird nests, on second hand furniture or even clothes. The advent of centrally heated homes, double glazing and fitted carpets has helped some of these textile pest do well. I have also found that modern flat pack wardrobes fitted over carpets provides a great base for these pests to take hold. A couple of good tips is to freeze clothes that may at risk and then vacuum pack them until needed and move big pieces of furniutre and vacuum in the foot print regularly!

We then have the moths that will infest our strored food (commonly known as Stored Product Insects) the prime ones are:-

  • Warehouse Moth (Ephestia elutella) found indoors only in warehouses, food factories, shops and domestic premises on a wide range of stored food. Damage is only caused by the larvae.
  • Indian Meal Moth (Plodia interpunctella) a very easily identified pest moth commonly found in peanuts, cocoa beans, dried fruit and some cereals.

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  • Mediterranean Flour Moth or Mill Moth (Ephestia kuehniella) this moth favours a cereal or cereal based product diet and is a major pest in flour mills and stores.

For the domestic householder the presence of these "SPI" generally indicates that some stored food has been left too long in the cupboard or lost behind a kitchen unit. Good hygiene and stock rotation are very important in preventing these pests. In commercial premises such as bakeries and general grocery shops we can provide a service of monitoring using specially designed pheromones/traps and regular inspections, with treatments where appropriate and required.

If your business has issues with these pests call Dan or Rob for a free survey 01242 517237