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The presence of moths in your home can be frustrating. Not just because of the damage they can cause, but it’s likely to be damage to clothes and fabric that you may have an emotional attachment to – nobody wants to find damage on their carefully stored wedding dress, or holes in a quilted throw handed down from a beloved grandmother. The damage these pests can cause to carpets, curtains and upholstery can also become very costly.
Rentokil Pest Control Ireland will answer some of the most common questions about moths:
Thes are the top two most common reasons why moths are infesting your property. Ensure that your doors and windows are properly closed to avoid moths from entering your property in search of light, thus reducing your chances of infestation.
Yes, moths are dangerous to both humans and pets but not directly as they do not bite humans but are responsible for the following issues.
FACT: Moths don’t actually eat fabric, their main purpose is to reproduce, it’s their larvae that do all the damage.
In Ireland there are 4 species of moth found in homes that can cause problems and these moths have differing preferences for materials, which means their larvae cause slightly different damage to fabrics and materials, for example:
The first thing most people notice is the damage caused to clothes, fabrics or carpets but there are other indicators of a moth infestation:
Small maggot like larvae (moth caterpillars).
Silken tubes or cases in which the moth larvae live.
Pupae (silk cocoons) from which larvae emerge as moths.
Adult moths often crawling rather than flying.
Another cause of carpet or fur damage can be fur or carpet beetles rather than moths. These textile beetles along with house moths are often referred to as textile pests.
FACT: Fear of moths is called Mottephobia.
Call us if you are worried about a moth infestation in your home.