For most people, their clothes is as much part of their identity as anything else. No wonder why we take so much care in selecting them. But there is no worse feeling but getting your favourite blouse or jacket and finding holes in it. In some instances, 1 hole is enough to ruin the entire garment. Moths can easily find their way in your home from the window or being brought in with contaminated items. So What do moths eat indoor that are permissive to them.
In general, the common moths will favour animal fibres such as wool and silk, but they can actually feed on a wide range of stuff such as seed and starchy food. But generally the moths will target what is the most available and exposed to start with. The carpets is the first contender, then clothes and hats that are hanging on the walls, the curtains and rugs.
But the key ingredient is time. It is only if the item is left alone over a large period of time, that the moth activity will be able to build up into an infestation, and cause significant damage. Said differently, what you would wash on a weekly basis would not really be at risk. But clothes that would have been used, and left alone for many weeks or months may be the most at risk. The moisture offered by the residual sweat, makes it the most appropriate ground on which to lay eggs.
The story is quite similar for the carpets. The area of the carpet on which you walk daily, that you vacuum clean is never going to be suitable for moths. But the fluffy area against the walls, or bellow the low raise furniture offer the sheltered conditions they need. I recall seeing a patch of bare carpet under a side table, and the damaged matched perfectly with the spill of an orange juice glass that happen a few months back.
Once, I moved a king size bed, and underneath it found a large number of moths that were hopping about, not even taking flight. So as exposed area of our home get infested, the chance of the moth infestation spreading to another room or within your wardrobes increase. You may grab an infested garment a put it in there. Or one moth may fly in when the door is open. The more confine the environment, the less likely it will get contaminated. But if you would places a contaminated item within a box and leave it there for a few months, you would reopen the box to find the thing in shatters.
It is not enough to know how to get rid of moths. The issue is taking notice of the issue, recognising the early signs of moth infestation. And the best way to do so is having a routine in place. Every so often, you would do a deep cleaning and move the furniture to clean under. Every so often, you would empty your wardrobes and clean within. At the same time you would do a visual inspection of some of the items for the presence of silks. Other signs of moth infestations would be dead insects at the Botton of the shelve, as well as a lot of dusts from the loose clothes fibres.
It is also worth noting, that moths infestations and carpet beetle infestation share a lot of similarity. And to such an extent that short of seeing the adult insect or the larvae you may not be able to tell them apart. Carpet beetles in UK are also often confused for bed bugs because people often see them crawling on their beds. But without the presence of bites, the carpet beetles are on the bed for the accumulated hair debris we shed every night, the carpet beetles are not there for our blood.
So spring is upon us, and it has never been a better time to talk about spring cleaning. If you have seen 1 moths flying in your home in the past few months, know that is is likely to be the tip of the iceberg. Check any loose bit of carpet you may have in the airing cupboard or at the bottom of your wardrobe as well. If you see any infested items, be careful haw you handle it as you do not want to spread the problem and contact one of the local professional offering pest control near me for advices and help.