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A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moths

moth control products
21 Mar
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Are you being eaten alive by moths?

A lady got in touch recently who was plagued by moths. After moving a curtain aside she discovered the moth larvae had been munching their way all winter through her wool carpets. This is a common problem. As we all huddle in our winter hibernation, the moth grubs lie undisturbed and will stay for months eating your best fabrics. They have expensive taste and a particular liking for cashmere, silk, wool, feathers and sheepskin. However any natural fibre is a potential meal. Moths are a bit like teenage boys, they like the dark and don’t like to be disturbed, and they see no reason to move as long as a steady supply of food is available. A spring clean or a wardrobe clearout is all that is required to notice the tell tale signs.

There are actually 2,500 species of moth in Britain and they have a crucial ecological role to play. We shouldn’t see them as the enemy, they clear up all
the fur and feathers of animals that have met their demise in the wild,and only two are really likely to cause trouble to your wardrobe. But they are a nuisance if they find their way into your home and one that is tough to eradicate.

The best line of defence is, as always, prevention:

Don’t have the heat up too high – Moths only breed when the temperature is ambient. Turn off radiators in spare rooms and as soon as you can in spring through the rest of the house. Our all-round heated homes, coupled with relatively mild winters create the perfect breeding ground.

Look out for second hand clothes – We all like a bargain and the recent success of charity shops is indicative of our cash-strapped times, but second hand clothes could well be infested. Wash it at 60 degrees if possible before putting it into wardrobes and drawers. Don’t store unlaundered clothes either as moths are attracted to sweat and grime.

Spring clean – Get the vacuum round all the nooks and crannies, inside wardrobes, under chests of drawers, beds and behind radiators. Remember to empty the bag to prevent the moth grubs hatching out.

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If you do find evidence of clothes moths don’t panic.

Hoover them up – Moths are lazy and stay close to where they hatch, so vacuum the area and use a brush to remove as many as you can. Brush down all the clothes in the vicinity.

Use a hot wash Wash temperatures above 60 degrees will kill moths, eggs and larvae. A subsequent tumble dry should take care of the matter.

Freeze them – For delicate fabrics, place in a bag in the freezer for 12 hours. Job done.

Chemical Warfare – Use a crawling insect spray such as Protector C or Cyperbug. Let off a smoke bomb or fogger in the room to get into all the nooks and crannies.
Invest in a selection of paper strips impregnated with insecticide which will last up to six months and are effective against adults, eggs and larvae.

If all else fails call in the experts, but prepare for it to be expensive and possibly inconvenient

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