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Moth control

Moths are considered pests because many species have destructive tendencies primarily during the larval stage. They can be found in commercial buildings of all kinds and their larvae eat various kinds of food. Some even devour natural fabrics such as silk or wool.

It's for that reason that most people find moths to be a nuisance, requiring a professional pest control company to remove infestations and prevent further recurrences.

Do you want to get rid of moths from your business? Call 1-800-837-5520 or contact us online to schedule a moth control service visit.

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The signs of moths

Probably the most common sign that moths have set up shop in your business are holes in clothing and carpets. Moths lay eggs and their larvae devour some natural fabrics. They’ll eat anything from silk and wool to leather and feathers.

If you find moth carcasses lying around or live moths flying around the property, you know you have an issue on your hands. Some moths can be found wherever there is food stored, such as break rooms and restaurant inventory storage rooms. You might also see webbing and their small, caterpillar-like larvae on clothes.

Other indicators of a moth infestation include:

  • Small maggot-like larvae (moth caterpillars)
  • Silken tubes or cases in which the moth larvae live
  • Pupae (silk cocoons) from which larvae emerge as moths
  • Adult moths crawling rather than flying

Another cause of carpet or fur damage can be carpet beetles rather than moths. These textile beetles along with house moths are often referred to as textile pests.

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How to prevent moths

An established infestation may require professional treatment to get rid of moths effectively.

As a business owner with many responsibilities, you may struggle with do-it-yourself moth control remedies as the results are often less than satisfactory. Small problems can develop into large ones and this is when many people seek out the services of a pest control professional.

For the best chance of getting rid of moths in your business, follow these tips:

  • Use fly screens - or draw curtains at night to prevent moths from entering your business through doors and windows.

  • Vacuum regularly - ensure hidden areas such as under large furniture or sofas are regularly vacuumed, to try and remove moth eggs before they hatch.

  • Keep stored textiles in sealed bags - if you plan to store textiles for a long period of time, keep them in sealed plastic bags or suitcases to prevent moths from laying eggs in them.

  • Clean clothes - moths are attracted to dirty or soiled garments, so always clean clothes thoroughly before storing them.

High-risk areas for moth infestations

High-risk areas around your property that are known to attract various moth species should be regularly inspected as part of an active prevention plan.

  • Underneath beds - especially in rarely-used rooms
  • Infrequently used closets, storage rooms and office desks - Clothes moths do not like light and are attracted to darker, undisturbed areas.
  • Lofts and attics - moths can be attracted to bird nests in the eaves of buildings.

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

How to get rid of moths

We can help you eliminate your moth problem with our full range of effective solutions. Our treatment is suitable for eliminating moths, eggs, and larvae in delicate items that cannot be laundered.

Prior to recommending a moth control solution, your specialist will properly identify the moth species affecting your property. Different moth pest species require different treatment methods to effectively control them. Your specialist will select a moth treatment method based on a number of factors: species, environment, type of structure, etc.

For stored products moths (e.g. Indian Meal moths, Mediterranean flour moths, etc.), non-chemical control methods (sanitation, better storage, low temperature/freezing) and spraying may be used. For large-scale infestations, fumigation or low-volume chemical treatments are effective options.

After treatment, your Rentokil specialist will monitor the situation using various traps where applicable to ensure moth problems do not persist.

Rentokil moth experts

At Rentokil, our specialists are skilled, experienced professionals – they are state-certified, licensed applicators and are required to participate in regular training programs to maintain their expertise. They understand the habits of each moth species and use that knowledge when developing a control program for you.

Call us free at 800-837-5520 to benefit from our range of moth control programs.

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