Moth Pest Control London & Kent
Professional moth control company
With their close kinship to butterflies, we can be a little more sympathetic to moths than other pest insects. One or two around your home is usually nothing to worry about, but when you have an infestation, moths can cause expensive damage and sometimes cause a health risk.
It is difficult to get rid of moths, so it is wise to employ the services of a professional moth pest control company in London and Kent.
Project Multi Pest are moth control experts and we can rid your house or business of them for good. Our professional pest controllers are skilled at moth removal and use several techniques to ensure every last one is gone. We operate throughout Kent and London, so call us today for a quote and put an end to your moth problem.
Controlling moths at home
Moths can cause damage to clothes, leaving unsightly holes. Although the odd pair of holey socks is not going to worry you, it can be very upsetting when they get into wardrobes, chewing their way through hundreds of pounds worth of garments, including leather. They can also get into storage and it can be upsetting to find holes in your treasured family heirlooms or wedding dress. Most species are happy to feed on clothes and soft furnishings, so your carpets, curtains and sofas may also suffer.
There are some moth species that prefer dried foods, and it can be very disconcerting to find them and their eggs in cupboards and storage jars. When you spot the signs of a moth infestation, it is best to act fast and call a moth control expert, such as Project Multi Pest.
Commercial moth control
A moth infestation can reflect very badly on a business, especially within the hospitality sector. Hotel linens are at risk from moths eating through them, especially when they are in storage, causing financial and reputational damage. Moths feast on dried goods and favour dark places, so are particularly drawn to food warehouses. Moths can potentially carry in bacteria from outside and their droppings and cocoons can also contaminate food, having a catastrophic effect on hygiene standards. To protect your business from moths, it is essential to use a pest control expert.
The health risk associated with fly infestations is a very serious one, as they carry diseases which can easily contaminate food and water supplies. To protect your customers, staff and business, you should call our pest controller without delay.
Pest control to get rid of moths
Project Multi Pest have several methods for ridding your property of moths. Although there are domestic products available, they are no match for heat treatment and professional strength chemical treatments.
Heat and steam treatment
We can raise the temperature of the infested area using industrial heaters, which is very effective at disposing of moths at all stages of their lifecycle. The rooms are safely sealed off and heat is monitored very carefully by one of our expert pest controllers.
For garments and more delicate items, we can use steam treatments.
Insecticides will successfully destroy adult moths, but are not as effective at removing eggs, larvae or cocoons, so you may need several treatments. Project Multi Pest use industry approved insecticides that are safe for humans and pets, which are applied with the utmost of care.
Call Project Multi Pest today to talk to one of our pest control experts for more advice on how to get rid of moths, and to get a pest control quote on 0800 1933351.
How to spot the signs of a moth infestation
While an adult moth is easy to spot flying or crawling around your home, be on the lookout for moths at other stages of their lifecycle, for example larvae that look like maggots and silken cocoons.
You can tell if moths have become a real problem at home from the tell-tale holes found in clothes and other household textiles. Adult moths usually get the rap for eating through your fabrics, but it is their larvae who are the true culprits.
There are over 2,500 species of moths in the UK, but pest moths can be broadly categorised into three groups, defined by their favourite source of food.
Female clothes moths lay their eggs on natural fabrics such as wool, cotton and even leather, and sometimes on manmade fabrics if they are blended with a natural fibre. The keratin found within the material feeds their larvae until they crawl away to spin their cocoons and begin their transition to adult moths. So be sure to check clothing regularly for signs of larvae, especially clothes that are in storage.
Although they are known as clothes moths they are not that particular, and will gladly chomp away on any natural household fabric, including cushions, curtains and carpets.
Carpet moths are small, at only 5mm long and are tan coloured. They don’t often fly, so look out for them crawling. They only live for a matter of months, but females can lay 200 eggs, so can quickly get out of control. The larvae eat natural fibres found in carpets and curtains, so if you spot threadbare patches on your carpets, it could be a sign of an infestation. Left untreated, they can move on to garments and other soft furnishings.
If you spot moths inside your kitchen, they are most likely from the group described as kitchen moths. They live off dry foods, such as flour and cereals, so check inside cupboards, and also boxes and jars for signs of their larvae, which may look like maggots. The eggs and larvae may also be found on kitchen surfaces and walls. Kitchen moths are most commonly found in commercial premises but are becoming more common in the home.
Should I worry about moths?
It’s easy to disregard the odd moth in the house, especially in the summer months. However, moths can successfully breed throughout winter thanks to our central heating and so there is the possibility that they have spent their entire lifecycle inside your home.
Clothes and carpet moths can cause expensive damage to fabrics, which can be very frustrating and upsetting. There are also moths that live off human food, and so moths in the kitchen could spell bad news. They can get into the tightest of storage containers and breed, laying their eggs in your dried food such as flour, rice or cereals. This is obviously a huge hygiene risk as they leave behind droppings and cocoons, plus there is the chance that they can bring bacteria in from the outside.
So, the answer is, yes, you should definitely be concerned if you think you may have a moth infestation. The good news is that a pest control expert can easily remedy the problem.
How can I prevent moths?
- Vacuum often – your vacuum cleaner can remove eggs and larvae from easy to reach surfaces such as curtains, cushions and carpets. Be sure to empty the bag or canister regularly, and carefully to stop them falling back out.
- Clean household fabrics thoroughly – if you spot eggs or larvae, be sure to clean all soft furnishings in your home, including bedclothes, rugs, blankets, throws, curtains and towels.
- Fabric in storage – regularly check any clothing you have in storage and have them dry-cleaned every once in a while. Store them in airtight storage containers instead of suitcases.
- Keep rooms ventilated – some moth species prefer damp environments, so keep rooms aired and moisture free.
Moth Control in London and Kent
Project Multi Pest promise a professional and swift service to rid your house or business of a moth infestation. Our methods are safe and highly effective, and we work hard to cause as little disruption as possible.
We understand how upsetting it is to have a pest infestation in your house or at work, so you can be sure of a sympathetic and friendly service from our reliable team of pest control experts.