Get Rid of Moths in Your Home
Protecting Your Home from Moths
While moths do not pose a health risk, they are a pest in homes because of the severe damage their larvae cause to clothes, fabrics, furs, leather and carpets.
This damage may continue for many weeks after moth caterpillars have hatched – serious harm may have been done before numbers of flying moths are seen and so prevention of a moth problem is important.
While a minor infestation of moths can be dealt with using DIY products, an established moth problem is likely to require professional assistance.
Signs of a Moth Problem
Often the first sign of a moth problem will be damage to fabrics but there will usually be other indicators:
- adult moths (often crawling rather than flying)
- maggot-like larvae (moth caterpillars)
- the silken tubes or cases in which moth larvae live
- pupae (silk cocoons) in which larvae turn into moths
Please note, another common cause of damage to carpets or fur may be due to Fur Beetles or Carpet Beetles rather than moths.
There are four common species of moth infestation in the home:
- Adults 6-8mm with straw-coloured wings and no markings
- Larvae creamy white with a brown head and up to 10mm long
- The moth larvae make irregular holes in fabrics
- Found particularly with imported animal fabrics
- Adults 6mm long with a dark-buff colour and three faint spots
- Creamy-white larvae up to 10mm
- Makes more regular holes in fabric than common clothes moth
- adults 8-14mm and brown with three or four darker spots
- Larvae up to 20mm, off-white with brown head
- Larvae feed on a wide range of animal textiles including wool, leather and feathers
- adults 6-10mm with a white head and mottled wings
- Larvae up to 12mm, cream coloured with red-brown head
- Larvae scavenge on wide range of food. Less damaging to textiles than clothes or Brown House Moths.
High risk areas in the home include:
- Spare rooms
- Under beds
- Infrequently used cupboards or wardrobes
- Lofts - moths are attracted to bird nests that may be in the eaves of the house.
Once inside the home, moths lay eggs in dark and rarely disturbed areas where clothes or other textiles are stored. Follow the steps below to prevent moths:
- Draw the curtains or use a fly screen - to prevent moths entering an open window or door, especially at night when moths will be attracted to lights.
- Always clean clothes before storing them - dirty or soiled clothing is particularly attractive to moths.
- Keep stored clothing and textiles in sealed plastic bags or suitcases.
- Vacuum regularly - ensure hidden areas such as under furniture are regularly vacuumed to remove moth eggs before they hatch. This is particularly important if there has been a previous infestation or if you have noticed increased levels of moth activity.
There is a range of DIY products that kill moths, their larvae and their eggs available on the market.
Moth balls containing naphthalene were the traditional preventative treatment for moths. However, we do not endorse using these products because of the chemicals used and the residual odours they produce.
An established moth infestation will often require professional pest control treatment.
Professional Service To Get Rid of Moths
Rentokil Pest Control offers a call-out service to treat moths or any other pest problem in the home. The service is fast and effective.
Rentokil technicians have a range of powerful insecticides to deal with moths and provide the reassurance that the problem has been fully dealt with.
Call Rentokil Pest Control Ireland on 1890 666 444 for further moth advice or to arrange a range a visit by a technicians.