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How to Get Rid of Moths

First the good news: moths aren’t a health risk. Now the bad news: they can cause unsightly damage to clothes, carpets and other materials in your home. Take action as soon as you see the tell-tale holes, or spot small maggot-like larvae or silk cocoons.

There are a number of things you should do immediately to help get rid of moths:

  • Find out where the heart of the problem is. It might be in a wardrobe, chest of drawers or cupboard. It should be fairly obvious because you’ll see the most signs of damage in that particular area.

  • Start to get rid of the moths by using moth traps to catch the adults, and vacuuming regularly in the affected area to remove all the larvae.

  • Thoroughly launder all your clothes and other fabrics in the infected area, such as bed sheets, linen and blankets.

If you’ve done all this and still can’t get rid of the moths, you should call in our expert technicians. 

FACT: Moths that can cause problems in your home: Common Clothes Moth, Case Bearing Clothes Moth, Brown House Moth and White Shouldered House Moth.

How Rentokil Can Help

Our experts can recognise the type of moth that is causing your problem. They’ll then use the most effective method to get rid of them, such as a spray or fumigation.

Call Rentokil free on 0861 117 852 to arrange getting rid of moths from your home.

More Top Tips for Getting Rid of Moths

Follow these tips for the best chance of getting rid of moths in your home.

  1. Change vacuum bags often to make sure you remove all larvae and eggs from your property.
  2. Wash all fabrics, soft furnishings, linens, curtains and towels in the affected area; moth larvae find these as tasty as clothes.
  3. Clean and wash down affected wardrobes, cupboards and drawers, especially cracks and crevices where eggs might be hiding.
  4. Clean suitcases, bags and containers as these might be hiding more eggs or larvae.

How to prevent moths

It can be difficult to prevent moths, but there are practical steps you can take to reduce the risk of an infestation.

Try - if you can - to deny them access indoors in order to help protect your clothing and other delicate items from moth damage.

Moth repellents and other DIY products are available if you wish to try and control a small problem on your own.

To guarantee complete control of a large and repeat infestation, professional treatment is the best option.

Moth Prevention Tips

Preventing moths in your home or business must always include ways to deny them entry indoors. Once inside moths will lay eggs in dark and rarely disturbed areas such as wardrobes or cupboards, where clothes or other textiles are stored and could be damaged.

High Risk Areas for Moth Infestations include:

  • Underneath beds - especially in little-used spare rooms.

  • Infrequently used cupboards, drawers and wardrobes

  • Lofts and Attics - moths can be attracted to bird nests in eaves of homes.

Rentokil moth treatments

Have you noticed holes and moth damage on your clothes? We have a range of effective solutions to treat infestations and eliminate your moth problem.

Our chemical free ‘heat pod’ treatment is suitable for eliminating moths, eggs and larvae in delicate items that cannot be laundered.

Our Service includes:

  • We will call you to arrange a convenient time for a visit.
  • On arrival, our technician will explain the treatment process before commencing work.
  • We will highlight areas of infestation and where proofing is needed to prevent further problems and offer other prevention advice.
  • After treatment, we will arrange follow up visits, if they are required. This will vary with treatment types and infestation levels.

Call Rentokil on 0861 117 852 to arrange treatments to get rid of moths in your home or business.


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