Clothes Moth Treatments Manchester

Clothes Moths

Moths are potentially the most common insect pest that you will encounter in your home or business, with outbreaks in domestic properties increasing in number to match those in commercial properties. Unfortunately, the large number of textiles we have in our homes, particularly those with a lot of older fabrics and furnishings, represent an ample food source for moth populations. If they are not dealt with, moths can leave clothing and upholstery in tatters and as infestations are not noticed until adult moths are present, the damage can already be done as it is the larvae that will feed on your fabrics.

What to look for:

There are several types of moth that can be present in your property so it’s worth knowing the differences between each and the differences in signs of infestation:

  • Brown House Moth – can reach lengths of 8 – 14mm. Its larvae prefer animal textiles such as feather, fur and leather, and compared to other types of moth larva, they can travel considerable distances.
  • Common Cloths Moth – straw-coloured and around 6 – 8mm. It rarely flies and usually runs, and can easily be mistaken for a small cockroach at a first glance. Its larva is creamy- coloured with a dark head and are comparatively large at around 10mm. Moths of this species will leave easily recognisable large holes in your fabric items.
  • Case-bearing Clothes Moth – can reach 6 – 8mm. They are coloured in dark earthy tones and have three faint spots on its forewings. It is rather rare to spot one in the UK, but not unusual, especially if you've received imported goods such as skin hide or leather. Their larvae will create more regularly shaped holes in your textiles.
  • White-Shouldered House Moth – has a white head with mottled wings and can reach 6 – 10mm. Its larva is creamy-coloured with a red forehead and can reach 12mm. Compared to other types of moths, this species does less damage to textiles.

Like other species of moth, Clothes Moths are all nocturnal, however they are not attracted to light like most other moths. Instead, they will actively seek out darkness and will be found hidden in cupboards, wardrobes and dressers – anywhere close to textiles and fabric that their larvae can feed on. The larvae themselves are usually maggot-like in appearance and easily spotted due to the silky web cases they live in.

Treatment of problem Clothes Moths:

The first step is the simplest – contact us at Protec Pest Control as soon as possible to arrange a visit from one of our technicians. The longer any moth problem is left, the greater their numbers will grow and the more damage they will cause to your textiles. Once our technician has visited and checked the location and extent of the infestation, he will normally arrange a fumigation treatment with you. All of our treatments conform to the highest regulatory and safety standards, but it is best that your family and pets are not present in your property while it is being fumigated.

Protec Pest Control are fully accredited by the British Pest Control Association and approved by Safecontractor and Trading Standards. Our treatments conform to the highest regulatory and safety
standards and our technicians can visit at a time suitable for you.

You can contact us via our website or via telephone on 0161 448 1782 to arrange a visit and treatment as soon as possible. We cover the entire Manchester and Stockport areas and will be more than happy to provide you with fast, efficient and cost-effective treatments and advice.

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