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The tiny carpet moth (with a wingspan of only 18 mm) is the most problematic moth to have in a property. It isn’t the flying moth that does the damage but the larvae, which lives very happily eating your carpets, rugs and soft furnishings. Carpet moths breed profusely, with each female laying up to 200 eggs in their lifetime. The damage that the grub-like maggots can do to furnishings once established in the environment can be very costly and unpleasant.
Like every pest, it is very important to act quickly if you see signs such as:
The clothes moth larvae are attracted to human sweat, or any other organic liquids or dirt that contains the nutrients it needs for its development. Cotton, linen, silk, fur and synthetic fibres blended with wool all make a very good and nutritious meal for this pest. They prefer a darkened environment such as a wardrobe, or under a rug or in bedding.
Each female can lay up to 200 eggs which are covered in a gelatine like glue that can stick to most surfaces.
Like the carpet moth, it is vital to act quickly if you notice damage to the fibres of clothing, bedding, rugs, upholstery and carpet may be a sign of an infestation.
In short, it really doesn’t matter what type of moth you may have as identification is difficult. It is the damage they can both do and the costs that may be incurred.
Unfortunately home remedies for moths can often be a waste of your time and money — because of the larvae’s size and capability to hide in the most ‘difficult to get to’ places, it is vital that every area is treated simultaneously for a successful cessation of the moth’s breeding cycle.
Simple. Contact Helliar Pest Control today for a FREE no obligation quote. With many years of experience, we know how it feels when you discover you've got pest problems, so we'll be more than happy to come and see what the best solution is.
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