Insect Removal and Control
How are pests controlled?
Everyone knows that cloth moths can be very pesky invaders all year round, but their activity can increase during their spring mating season.
Most of the time you may not even be aware that they have invaded your hoe since you will rarely see them because they avoid light. Now it is not the moths themselves that are the real problem, but their offspring who become seriously hungry. Moths will lay eggs in dark and undisturbed places to ensure their eggs survival. In one month alone, they can lay between 40 and 400 eggs. These eggs hatch into very small larvae that are hard to see, and they will hide in clothing folds, furniture crevices, and rugs and carpet. Once the larvae emerge they have unmeasured appetites and they love to feed on some of your most prized possessions.
The mother moth scouts out a plentiful food source to lay her eggs. Things made with natural fibers such as wool, silk, and feathers, even wool or synthetic blends that are soiled with food stains or body oils are prime locations. Once the eggs begin to hatch, the larvae can cause considerable damage to textile surfaces, and can even eat completely through them. Once entrenched and well fed the larvae can travel considerable distances to spin its cocoon in an undetected area to make sure the cycle continues. Therefore, the best defense against these invaders is good offense- prevention.
What Can You do to Help.
The best way to prevent moths from using our homes as buffets is by making possible food sources unattractive. This means keeping cloths and furnishing clean and leaving no area undisturbed. Inspect all used furniture, clothing, or rugs before bringing them into your home. It is always a good idea to clean these first as well. Try to avoid accumulating unused clothing or rugs unless they are properly cleaned and prepared for storage. Unused clothing should be properly cleaned and then stored in airtight plastic tubs or bags with a moth repellent, any repellent will work. Old rugs should be thoroughly cleaned, treated, and wrapped in paper or Tyvec to properly store it.
You must also vacuum often, and everywhere. Especially along carpet and rugs edges, under furniture, and in closets. Also vacuum your furniture and under cushions because moths like to eat hair and lint that can become trapped there. Always throw away the vacuum bag afterwards. Move your furniture regularly, shake out your clothing, and expose things to light. Use moth traps so they can’t breed. If a moth problem develops and gets away from you, its a good idea to contact a professional pest control service. We can treat your rug with a completely safe moth protectant that doesn’t change the look or feel of your area rug.
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