Spring has been unseasonably warm for the UK this year. This has put us Londoners at risk of bringing a plague of unwanted pest moths to our wardrobes and soft furnishings.
As the temperature is rising, we have slowly been packing away our winter woollies and replacing them with summer shorts. But many of our clients have been noticing their wardrobes have been under attack. In fact, there has been a 30% rise in moth-related call outs over the past year.
The latest boom in moths
This is down to the warmer weather. This is combined with the fact many of us are keeping vintage and delicate materials at home (a moths favourite food). Anything made from natural textiles, such as wool, is especially at risk.
Many people across the London area have been pulling out their clothes to find that there are holes eaten in them. Because many of our clothes remain untouched in dark cupboards for the winter, moths can easily thrive for the entire time. Then you have a big problem of having a moth infestation on your hands. Not only that, but they are more prone to go for your more expensive clothing. Like your lovely cashmere cardigan.
The clothes moth has been blamed for munching its way into homes across London for the past few months. But it’s not actually the months that do the damage. It’s their larvae. Clothes moths can live between 65 and 90 days if left undisturbed. In this time they can lay around 50 eggs. By the time you’ve spotted an adult moth, it may be too late to stop an infestation.
To prevent moths from causing too much damage, start by giving your home a good spring clean. Any clothes that you put away should be thoroughly washed, and seal them in plastic bags or boxes if you can.
If you do find yourself faced with a moth infestation in the London area, please give us a call. DIY alternatives can be used, but they won’t be as effective as our one time treatment. We can find the source of the larvae, and eliminate pests throughout your home so you have no more infestations for the rest of the year.