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Moths: of all the small insects we know, moths are probably the ones that cause the most damage. Moth larvae feast on your wool clothing: they eat on it and cause frayed and difficult to repair holes in your precious clothes. It is therefore important to prevent moths from settling in your closet and should this happen: moth control should be done as soon as possible. Preferably with the help of a professional pest controller!
Where do moths actually come from?
A moth is a small moth, within the Netherlands there are different species. Moths live mainly at night and therefore have little color. The moth that will cause the most damage is the so-called clothing moth. This is only a small creature: even smaller than a centimeter. When they spread their wings they are about an inch and a half in size. You can see the adult moth fluttering about and be alert! Although it won’t do any damage itself, it can leave between 150 and 200 eggs in a well-heated house, and that’s when the problem arises. When the eggs hatch, the larvae will start feeding and they prefer to do so with fibers from your wool clothing. Precious wool carpets are also very popular with these little culprits. Moth control is better not to put off.
What should you especially not do?
Moths react strongly to smell. They have a fine sense of smell that is especially focused on worn clothing. Worn clothing contains nutrients for the larvae. The adult moth is thus focused on odors such as sweat, grease and even urine stains and will leave its eggs on them. So don’t leave worn clothing lying around and don’t hang it back in the closet unwashed. Moths also thrive on moisture. So a closet in a somewhat damp environment is something you should avoid. Also, be careful about airing clothes during humid weather and towards evening: these are the times when you are very likely to bring moths inside with you when taking the clothes in, making moth control a necessity.
What can you do?
Fight moths? Make sure your closet is properly cleaned regularly. Use the vacuum cleaner, especially in the corners of the closet and be alert for cobweb-like tissues: these may be signs of the moth larvae. When not wearing clothes for long periods of time, carefully store them in garment bags or tightly sealed storage boxes. Before storing clothes for an extended period of time, make sure that no moth larvae are present at that time, otherwise they will have all the time they need to feast on your clothes.
How do you prevent moths?
There are several preventive pesticides on the market, which can ensure that moths abandon your closet with varying degrees of success. In addition to a number of chemical pesticides, you can control moths by using cedar. To humans, cedar is a pleasant, nutty scent. However, a moth dislikes the strong smell of cedar. People used to deliberately make linen closets out of cedar to repel moths. So cubes or hangers made of cedar can control moths. However, it is important to lightly sand the cubes regularly so that the scent of the wood remains active.
A useful product to ascertain whether you are suffering from moths, are the so-called moth traps. These are paper traps, which have an odor that is undetectable to you. The trap spreads an attractant, which is normally spread by the moth female. The male is attracted to this and flies into the trap. Because it is coated with an adhesive, the moth cannot get out. If you check the trap, you will see that you are suffering from moths and moth control is necessary.
How best to fight moths?
Here are 5 tips for fighting moths. If you have seen adult moths flying or unexplained holes in wool clothing, furs or wool carpets, it is important to act quickly.
- Empty your closet completely and clean it carefully, preferably with a solution of water with a splash of spirit
- Wash all clothing, paying extra attention to your woolen clothing
- Check other items made of wool in your home for the presence of moths and larvae: consider rugs, blankets and pillows
- Purge more often than usual, including in and behind closets
- Clothes that have been gnawed on can sometimes still be repaired with darning thread so you may still be able to use your nice sweater or cardigan
When you are suffering from an infestation of moths, it is important to avoid causing more damage than necessary. Have moths controlled by a professional pest controller. He will ensure that the damage is limited and give you good tips to prevent the moths from ever returning.
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