What are the moths?
Textile or clothes moth is a common pest which feeds on a substance called keratin, which is present in fibers such as silk, wool, cashmere; more exactly moths are feeding on your clothes causing often costly damaged if the infestation is not identified and treated soon.
When do you see the moths flying in the room is the last stage, the larvae are the ones creating most of the damage and they can live up to 2 years after they pupate and become moths. Catching the moths and don’t find the larvae will sort part of the problem but not completely.
From where they are coming?
The moths can surreptitiously hitch a ride on your clothes or in your grocery bag and after they came inside the house they make a nest and start eating the fibers. Another possibility is through an open window, door or they may find their way through any cracks.
Where the textile moth stays?
The moths prefer to lay eggs and make the nest on dirty clothes that have stain, sweat, and urine; using all these to get the vitamins they need to grow and spread all over your home. The places where you have to pay attention are wardrobe, closets, underneath the bed or sofa, or in pantries. Even though the moths are attracted to light the female larvae tend to lay the eggs in darker places.
How to get rid of the clothes moths?
- Check all the clothes if they can be washed at 60’C or more; the high temperature will kill all the insects, another possibility is to freeze or to steam the clothes.
- Do not keep dirty clothes (which have sweat or stains) as the moths thrive quicker; try to wash them as fast as possible.
- If there are any cracks around the house, they need to be sealed.
- Do a deep clean where is the affected furniture, vacuum all around and in the hidden places; as these tiny insects prefer to stay in forgotten spaces or not reachable; underneath or behind the sofas, cupboards, wardrobes, in small drawers.
- For more advice on how to get rid of the clothes moths; or if you want your place treated by a professional team give us a call.