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Most of us often notice the odd moth in our houses, certainly during the summer time and don't
think anything of it. In most cases this is fine, as the majority of moths are harmless pesky insects
who are only intrigued in the light. However, how would you feel if the moths in your house were
the sort that breed and infest a home, munching its way through all your fine clothing and soft
furnishings?

The Common Clothes Moth, also referred to as Tineloa Bisselliella, have a completely different
nature in comparison with other types of moth. They hardly ever fly as they prefer uninterrupted,
dark areas of the home and often travel through either by running or jumping. They survive and
breed in the home through feeding their way through various fabric items and sadly they have a
tendency to love the most expensive materials and will do anything in their power to get to them.
These can include wool fur, silk and feathered products, as the majority of these materials include
a substance known as keratin, which is actually one of the most ingestible proteins. However,
certain insects including the clothes moth have special conditions in their gut, enabling them to
break down the keratin producing it a digestible material.

In terms of their appearance, clothes moths are generally around 5mm long and are yellow/brown
looking in colour with narrow wings fringed together with long hairs. They are actually rarely
noticed in the home due to their inclination to immediately hide inside garments or furniture if ever
disturbed, making them extremely difficult to eliminate. Carpets, blankets, feathered and fur items
can be drastically damaged by this pest and there have been cases where victims have had to
replace the carpet in their entire home!

There is no genuine answer why only certain houses suffer from infestation, although older
properties have a tendency to be more affected than newer builds, due to a moth's love of older
garments and the difficulties in completely eradicating a moth infestation. The bad news is that
over the last twenty years there has been a rise in the number of homes affected by these pests.
Some say this is due to the temperature of houses in today's society, as many years ago moths
would be killed off in the winter season, others say the increase is due to the sheer volume of
clothing the average woman now owns, meaning hundreds of moths have plenty of items to feed
on, or on the other hand the increase could also be down to lack of hygiene, moths adore dirty
materials, therefore putting away unwashed clothes items, or leaving a winter coat hanging up that
hasn't been dry cleaned, is like leaving crumbs of bread out for a rat.

There are specific remedies that if followed can reduce the possibilities of becoming the victim of a
moth infestation; regularly shaking garments in the light where moths tend to remain, such as
rugs, cushions or blankets, will disturb them and motivate them to leave. As already mentioned
moths love un-clean clothing particularly clothing such as coats and suits that sit in a wardrobe for
many months without being cleaned, regularly deep cleaning any textiles and then storing them in
sealed plastic cases will also help prevent an infestation.

If all else fails or you are unsure, contact the professionals - A reliable pest control company will
treat each case differently and offer various types of traps and treatments dependent upon the
severity.




Terminex Pest Control Services are skilled authorities who take their role of supplying quality pest
control and Textile Moth Infestation control and also excellent customer service very seriously.
The company is also a full member of BPCA (British Pest Control Association). Check out their
website today Terminex




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