Moth facts

  • Moths belong to the order Lepidoptera.
  • Most species in the UK are totally harmless. However, a few are considered pests because of the damage their larvae (caterpillars) can do to materials, textiles and stored products.
    • Adult moths are not responsible for the damage!
  • Carpet moths lay their eggs in natural materials, and their larvae eat its protein. This protein is called keratin.
    • Materials targeted by carpet moths include wool, fur, cotton, silk and leather.
    • They can also live in birds’ nests, feeding on feathers.
  • Carpet moths are small and shimmery brown in appearance. They will quite often crawl rather than fly.
  • They can enter your home through windows, cracks and crevices. They prefer dark, quiet places.

What you can do​ ​

  • Poor housekeeping can allow moth infestations to build.
    • Move large pieces of furniture, carpet runners and wall hangings frequently and vacuum underneath using a cleaner with a rotating brush head.
  • Regularly check clothes with natural fibres for signs of carpet moths.
    • The larvae are small and white and chew at the fibres in distinctive straight lines or holes.
  • Check for disused birds’ nests.
  • Regularly disturb the dark, quiet corners of your home.

If you have a moth infestation, we will…

  • Identify the source of the infestation – this will usually be a forgotten cashmere jumper or wool carpet underneath a heavy dresser!
  • Thoroughly clean using a rotating head vacuum cleaner (you may wish to do this yourself), moving all the furniture and turning over the entire property.
  • Apply a residual insecticide as appropriate.
  • Advise you on how to wash your clothes and other natural materials.
  • Provide you with moth traps to monitor future activity.
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