Why moths are making a meal of it…

If you watch the national news, it won’t have escaped your attention that moths are making a meal out of the mild winter and early spring. Clothes and carpets in homes, businesses and galleries are bearing the brunt of the record numbers of moths we’re now experiencing. For a business owner, especially one whose livelihood depends on selling, hiring or displaying clothes and fine cloth-based artefacts it’s worrying indeed.

“What happens as we move into long, warm days is that moths emerge from where they’ve been hiding and they reproduce,” said Ralph Izod Dyno- Pest Managing Director. “If you can spot bare patches on your carpets, rugs and tapestries whether they’re on the floor or displayed on a surface, it’s a tell-tale sign you have a moth infestation. And the fresh frayed holes you’re discovering in clothing are most likely due to moths too.”

This begs the question of course why do moths infest carpets, rugs, tapestries and clothing? The proteins found in natural materials such as fur, wool and silk feed them.

So, how do you know you have a moth infestation requiring professional treatment as opposed to a rogue moth? “Look out for the larvae,” says Ralph. “You’ll find them crawling. To look at they have a round head with a creamy white body. The moths themselves have straw coloured wings and are more likely to be moving on the floor or walls as opposed to flying. If you can see as little as 6 moths or larvae it’s a sign you have a serious infestation. Unless professionally treated, the damage will get worse.”

Contact Dyno-Pest if you are experiencing problems with moths or you suspect there’s a problem.