Moth Removal in The Kings Lynn Area
If you have an occasional problem with moths or a moth infestation The Pest Professionals in Kings Lynn can assist. We supply you with immediate help if you have a moth issue in two very simple and practical steps:
We will help you to assess your problem and give you instant, honest and TOTALLY FREE advice … without obligation
IF REQUIRED, WE ARRANGE A VISIT or ON-SITE SURVEY FOR YOU
Your local Pest Professional will come round to sort the problem out quickly and without fuss
The no obligation phone consultation applies to both residential and business customers in the Kings Lynn region. No moth job is too big or too small for us to look at. Where suitable we are able to advise on any immediate action required to protect your property or belongings prior to a visit. If a visit is expected we let you know if there will be a call out charge and also advise on the probable costs of any moth treatment should it be required.
Moth Removal Services
The majority of moths in the UK (approx. 2,400 species) are harmless. However, a few are seen as pests due to the damage their larvae cause to materials, textiles and stored goods. Unlike other pests, moths pose you no health risks. But they are a serious and costly pest in businesses where dried food produce or natural fibres play a significant part.
Once within your home or business, moths can severely harm natural fibres in carpets, clothes, fabrics, fur as well as leather. Moth caterpillars cause the damage by eating the protein (keratin) found in natural materials like wool, cotton and silk.
On the one had the increased use of man-made fibres has decreased moth troubles in homes. But on the other a recent trend back towards using natural fibres in clothes, furniture and bedding means the problems of moth damage are again on the rise.
How To Eradicate Moths
Sensible preventative measures include thorough cleaning of all woollens, and keeping wools and furs in sealed polythene bags or closely wrapped in paper in tightly closed drawers or cupboards – if possible in a cool room. Clean and vacuum carpets frequently, paying special attention to the edges and particularly underneath furniture.
Other actions you can take yourself include things like spraying affected woollen garments, fabrics, and carpets with an amateur use aerosol moth proofer, particularly along seams, folds and into any gaps in floors or shelves where fluff accumulates. Spray the under felt (not rubberised underlays) and the carpet backing.
In cases of severe infestation, the premises will need to be treated by a suitably qualified Pest Controller. Fumigation may suffice in a home environment. Heat treatment is also widely used by businesses and where there are expensive fabrics, food stuffs and clothing. Here at Pest Professionals we specialise in heat treatment for moths in business premises – you should call us for more information.
COMMON MOTH PESTS IN THE UK
Brown House Moth
The commonest of the so-called clothes moths, with distinctive golden-bronze wings, flecked with black, folded flat along its back. It tends to live in damper areas, so probably not in the airing cupboard. Eggs are laid in fabric on which grubs will feed. The larvae are creamy-white caterpillars with brown heads. They grow up to 15 to 25mm long, feeding upon wool, hair, fur, feathers, cork or debris from food such as dried fruit, cereals, or decaying organic foodstuffs, and are commonly found in old birds’ nests, from which they may enter buildings. The caterpillars spin silken cocoons in which they pupate. Only the larval stage feeds.
White-Shouldered House Moth
The white shouldered house moth is a common species closely related to the brown house moth. It is now found throughout the UK due to its close association with human environments, which creates abundant food sources and the humidity it thrives on. It can be found in houses, outbuildings and factory surroundings where dried food sources such as grain maybe located. However, it is omnivorous, eating foodstuffs such as grain, bran, flour and other cereals, but also (but less typically) feeding on wool and other animal based fabrics. It rarely eats clean foodstuffs, but prefers mouldy and/or long-standing food, and is therefore commoner where hygiene standards are lower. Bird nests are a particularly ideal environment and, if any are situated nearby, a risk for them going into the house.
The Warehouse Moth is among the most serious food storage pests in the UK, and will eat cereals, grain, vegetables, dried fruit, tobacco, nuts and chocolate. Its larva will also ruin food by excreting on it.
Common Clothes Moth
This is the most troublesome moth in the UK and the one you are likely to find in the wardrobe. Infestations are coming to be more and more common. Moths are drawn in by perspiration odours, so clean clothes are less likely to be targeted.
Damage to clothes and fabric, usually comprising of uneven holes eaten in fabrics, discarded feeding tubes and excreta from larvae, typically indicate an infestation. Larvae feed upon natural fibres at night.
Case-Bearing Clothes Moth
The adult case bearing moth is brownish and has feathered ends to its wings. Each wing is 4-7mm long in width. Like all house moths they present no direct health risks but can cause notable damage, in its larval form, to natural product fibres and materials. It may also vary its diet to include synthetic materials if natural materials are not readily available.
If you need sound advice or a swift solution to your moth problem anywhere in Kings Lynn or the surrounding towns and villages in North Norfolk – get in touch.