With weather forecasters predicting an exceptionally cold and freezing winter for Ireland and the UK, I’ve made sure to fill my oil tank, stock up on coal and kit myself out in festive & cosy onesie pj’s in preparation.
I can’t bear the cold, during the winter you’re most likely to find me huddled up in a corner of a room somewhere, peeping out from between the folds of a ridiculously oversized woolly scarf, clutching a radiator for dear life. But winter to me brings up more issues than frostbite and the possibility or losing a toe to the big freeze, every single year, winter sees my house invaded by abnormally annoying moths.
Even though moths aren’t your typical seasonal pest and are actually around most of the year, I tend to notice them most in my house in the Winter.
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, leather and carpets – for me, my biggest concern is always my wardrobe! Damage may continue for many weeks after moth caterpillars have hatched and can be done before you even spot the flying moths, making prevention crucial.
Moths lay eggs in dark and rarely disturbed areas where you keep clothes or other textiles. You could also find moths in spare rooms, under beds, infrequently used wardrobes and attics where they are attracted to discarded bird nests.
Here are some tips to help you avoid the moth invasion this winter and all year around:
• Draw the curtains or use a fly screen – this will 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
• Hoover 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.
Facts about moths:
• Moths are less likely to eat mixed materials containing artificial fibers
• A white light will attract more moths than a yellow light. Yellow is a wavelength moths don’t respond to
While a minor infestation of moths can be dealt with using DIY products, an established moth problem is likely to require professional assistance; Rentokil Pest Control offers a monitoring and treatment programme incorporating either traditional insecticides or a Non-Toxic Heat Pod.
For more advice or to arrange a survey today, call Rentokil Pest Control on 1890 666 444.