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.
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.
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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