Rentokil, an Irish pest control provider, is warning the public to be on the lookout for moths in their premises at this time of year. The spring months are when clothes, stored products, and scavenger moths begin breeding and become more active. Moth larvae can damage and create holes in clothes, carpets, blankets, and curtains as well as stored goods by feeding on the keratin contained in animal fibres such as wool, fur, silk, feathers, felt, and leather.
Textile moths are most likely to be found in spare bedrooms, under mattresses, infrequently used wardrobes, and attics. As moth larvae feed on the keratin in the fabric they can cause significant damage to clothes, blankets, carpets, curtains, and upholstery. By spring cleaning these areas and properly packing away winter clothes, homeowners can reduce the risk of moth larvae eating into valued possessions.
Colm Moore, Area Technical Manager for Rentokil, said: “There are a number of steps that people can take to guard against the presence of moths. By following this advice, you can help to avoid moth infestations in your home or business:
- Always ensure that clothes are clean before storing them – soiled and dirty clothes are more likely to attract moths.
- Ensure that clothes that are being stored for long periods of time, such as suits and wedding dresses, are placed inside appropriately sealed bags or suitcases.
- Use fly screens or keep curtains drawn at night to help prevent moths from entering your home.
- Clean and vacuum regularly in order to remove moth eggs before they hatch; this is particularly important in times of the year with increased moth activity such as in the spring and summer.
People can find out more about moth infestations by visiting the Rentokil website.