Moths might not directly attack people, like bees and wasps do. However, clothes moths do quickly cause serious damage to your favourite items of clothing and it can be expensive to replace soft furnishings. Equally, pantry moth larvae can infest a wide range of dried vegetable-based foodstuffs. It’s wise to gain professional advice when dealing with infestations of either type of moth; our dedicated, fully qualified and licensed team here at A1 Professional Pest Control in Canberra are always ready to help.
More about pantry moths
One good clue is that the infested food can look as if it is covered with a web. It’s wise to inspect breads and flour, cereals, rice, pasta, and couscous, even spices, nuts and other dried foods. They can also be found to have enjoyed chocolate, cocoa beans and the like! These larvae can even munch their way into sealed bags. Such finds should lead to the throwing out of any non-protected foods i.e. those not in sealed containers – and can therefore be a costly exercise.
About clothes moth infestations
The damage is caused by the larvae, rather than adult moths. You might find one of two different moth pest infestations in your Canberra property. Apart from the common clothes moth, you might also identify case bearing clothes moth larvae by their protective silk case; they live in this while feeding. Adult moths aren’t great in flight, so they like to hide and lay their eggs in dark areas, such as cupboards, wardrobes and even under your furniture. The females lay their sticky eggs on the surface of a fabric. Just five days of laying and hatching is followed by up to 30 months of ongoing damage, the larvae moult an amazing 40 or more times while growing. They will feed on wool, cashmere, silk and cotton, even feathers and human hair, as well as carpets and floor coverings, but not usually synthetic fibres.
How to spot a moth infestation
One obvious sign to look out for is moths flying around. We’ve already mentioned possible clues on foodstuffs. Elsewhere you might find bare spots on the surface of textiles, cocoons and webs, the creamy-white larvae themselves, or their droppings which are tiny sand-like particles. Regular checking of wardrobes and cupboards is advisable.
Gaining swift and professional help with a moth infestation problem
Our team here at A1 Professional Pest Control in Canberra, are happy to answer your questions, or inspect your moth infestation situation and offer wise advice about creating moth-averse conditions in your home. Actual infestation elimination can be a careful process, and includes applying specific products and insecticides, the use and side-effects of many of which need to be carefully considered by an experienced professional.