Moths Attack! Know Your Enemy
Camouflaged and sneaky, carpet moths get by by hiding and lurking in undisturbed, darker areas of your home to lay their eggs, for instance along your skirting boards, underneath your sofas, and even under your bed!
The moth itself is relatively harmless, pose no harm to your health, and only live for about 2-3 months.
Yet, the adult moth is not all that innocent as it may seem, the risk they propose is further egg laying, around 100 a week in fact! Worse still, the larvae can go from egg to adult in as little as 8 weeks, resulting in several armies during the summer.
Your skin crawling yet, mine is, and it gets worse.
The eggs lay dormant for approximately 4 to 10 days before hatching and that’s when the trouble starts!
Their speed of development depends partly on the warm temperatures, which explains the unprecedented rise in carpet moth infestations.
But as I said, it’s not the moths that are chewing up your carpets, it’s actually their larvae that eat the carpet fibres.
Wool contains a protein called Keratin, and this is what the larvae survive on. They will chew away at your carpet fibres, devouring it inch by inch.
Tips On Protecting Your Home & Reducing Moth Numbers
There is a number of things you can do to reduce and prevent carpet moth invasions
1. Vacuum every nook and cranny daily. Especially under your bed, sofas and along your skirting boards, these are the areas that moths will gather.
2. Don’t put away dirty clothes says, Dr Randle.
She adds: ‘Moths prefer dirty clothes, and love sweat residue, so if you put your clothes away unwashed, or put off taking stained coats and suits to be dry cleaned, it’s very much like leaving crumbs out and attracting mice.’
3. Move furniture regularly. Remember, moths inhabit less disturbed and darker areas. Moving furniture often will create a less alluring environment to lay their eggs in.
4. If you have a continued problem with carpet moths invading your home, consider replacing your wool carpets with synthetic ones.
Rid Your Home Of Carpet Moth – Professionally
DIY elimination attempts simply won’t work. If your serious about banishing these pests from your home then you need to call in a professional.
We are certified textile pest control technicians are able to rid your home of carpet moth effectively and most importantly, safely.
Treatment depends on whether you want a nuclear approach for fast acting or a more safe approach. I myself don’t fancy the hard hitting approach, particularly around pets and youngsters.
Natural treatments may require two visits, yet when your health is at risk, it seems the plausible option.
Got a question? Call us today on 01656 859 611.