How to Get Rid of Moths
How to Get Rid of Moths
There are around 2500 different types of moth in the UK and most don’t cause us any issues. But if your business deals in fabrics, upholstery, antiques, or clothing made from natural fibres, there are some species that can have a devastating impact. Clothes Moths and Carpet Moths can ruin textiles and seriously affect your profits.
If you’re a food business, you’re not in the clear either, as moths can contaminate food and raw materials. Here’s how to get rid of moths.
How do moths get in?
Moths can get inside of your business premises through open doors or windows, or they can hitch a ride in on an infested item.
Why you need to act fast to get rid of moths
Once they get inside of your premises, moths, or more accurately, moth larvae, wreak havoc on anything made from natural fibres. That includes woollen carpets, leather items, and silk rugs. The larvae feed on keratin, a protein found in natural fibres. It doesn’t take long for them to cause serious damage to valuable and possibly irreplaceable stock.
If your business deals with food and you have a moth infestation, you could fall foul of the law if you don’t act.
If you see signs of moth activity like damage to materials, you need to call in professional pest control as soon as possible. Moths breed fast and the infestation can soon spread to other areas of your premises.
How to get rid of moths from your business premises
A good way to control any pest is to start with prevention.
• Consider using fly screens around your premises.
• Keep your premises clean and tidy. In particular, vacuum regularly and remember to get into all of those little nooks and crannies that are often forgotten. This can help to get rid of eggs. Remember to empty the vacuum outside and double bag the contents before you bin them. Otherwise, eggs and larvae could survive.
• If you are storing natural fabrics for any length of time, keep them in sealed bags where possible.
• Carry out regular thorough inspections of textiles, fabrics, and furniture, particularly any second-hand or vintage items you bring into your premises.
What about DIY options to get rid of moths, will they work?
They can work to an extent. But be warned, you’re taking a risk if you use some DIY products like insect sprays on very delicate fabrics.
Need to get rid of moths NOW?
We can help.
Professional pest control is the only way you can protect your business and fully eradicate a damaging moth infestation.
Our expert technicians know moths. They’ll carry out a detailed survey of your premises and recommend the most effective solution for your situation. We’ll also tell you how to avoid further infestations.
Don’t put your business at risk, call Contego.