Inoculand offers a guaranteed moth control London service for £210+vat to treat a 1 bedroom flat. Larger properties are charged a further £39 per extra bedrooms (ie £249+vat for a 2 bed flat).
We will carry out 2 visits at 2 weeks interval. We will spray HSE approved pesticides thoroughly and throughout the property. Also, we use a cold fogger (ULV) that produce an electrostatically charged pesticide mist that will reach into every corners and cracks of the rooms to ensure total eradication.
Our approach regarding moths treatments
It is important to carry out the treatment as early as possible and limit the amount of damage the moths’ larvae cause to a minimum. The most detrimental consequence to tenants is to have to dispose of expensive designer clothes, or lose precious heirlooms’ rugs or garments. Also as a result, the landlord often have to deal with distraught tenants and/or face the expense of changing the carpets sooner than expected due to its now poor aesthetic condition.
In order to make the most of our pest control for moths you will need to tidy up and pick up loose items off the floor. Thoroughly vacuum clean all your carpets and rugs. And whenever possible move the furniture away from the walls to allow easy spraying of the wall junctions. We recommend having the inside of the wardrobes sprayed too, so the tenant should empty the content of their wardrobe on top of the beds before the technician comes. In the process try to identify any items that may show signs of moths activity and report to the technician. It is important to find the source of the infestation.
Note: we will not want to spray directly on clothes. The technician will need to get access to all areas, if you have any concerns ask as many questions as needed.
The tenants and pets will have to vacate the property and won’t be able to return until the pesticides are dry. The fish tanks need to be covered up as fish are very sensitive to the pesticides. The pesticide solution is water based so depending on the fabric and surfaces it may take more than 2 hours. Do not vacuum clean between visits to allow the pesticide to work to their fullest (clean the day before we come back for the follow-up visit).
Carpet and clothes moth removal service
Our clothes moth control technicians will pay special attention to spray all floor areas, the inside of the wardrobes, the curtains and the walls. This way moths have no escaping. Moths will generally attack fabrics or materials containing natural fibres. Wool, silk and fur are the most at risks. And it is in the areas that are not directly at sight that moths often build up in numbers and cause damage.
We carry out moths treatment in London for residential and commercial clients. In most cases, the clients report the moths’ damages or activity in one specific area. However, moths can easily spread further away to other rooms without the tenant taking notice. As we spray we often see moths falling off from the walls in areas the client thought moth-free. We thus normally advise treating throughout the property.
Food and pantry moths pest control
The moths’ infestation you suffer will be most likely linked to the kitchen/pantry. It will probably be linked to an item of dry food that is kept in one of the cupboards. Typically it would be an old pack of flour, bread crumbs, cereals or seeds. So the first step will be to get rid of the infested foodstuff. The second step will be to spray the inside of the cupboards, and areas around them. A one-off spray of the kitchen is normally plenty enough so the charge is £89+vat.
Other Common moths species considered as pests
Most moths species can be treated using the same pest control approach. The case-bearing clothes moths will often originate from imported goods. The white-shouldered house moth can scavenge on a large range of stuff, so it is less of an issue to our textiles. The brown house moth is mostly a scavenger and not so much a pest.
How to get rid of moths
Adult moths do not cause damage. They look for a suitable spot to lay their eggs on. It is the larvae that will eat up the natural fabrics. Once ready they will migrate away and go into the pupal stage and form a cocoon. After 8-10 days, a new adult moths will come out and the whole cycle will be repeated. If the moths infestation is well established, it will require professional help.
In order to get rid of moths you need to kill all stages of the moth cycle. The initial treatment will kill off all the adults and larvae on contact but not the eggs and not the pupae. But as they hatch out they will get in contact with the residual insecticide. Our homes offers favourable conditions to moths and therefore the life cycle may be completed within one months.
So it is important that we maintain the residual activity of the insecticide throughout that time. Using professional pesticides allow us to achieve this with 2 visits at 2 weeks interval. At Inoculand Ltd we spray not only the floors and wardrobes, but we also spray the walls where the moths eventually rest. It is strongly recommended not to vacuum clean the floor between visits otherwise it would remove the pesticides from site. Normally we advise our client to do a round of cleaning the day before the follow up visit
If the infestation is limited and minor, it is possible to deal with it using DIY products. Individuals considering using commercial products should spray more frequently (at least once a week) for a minimum of 4-5 weeks without break. Also it is possible to reduce the amount of larvae by thoroughly vacuum cleaning the affected spot(s) and getting rid of the bag afterwards. Also wash all affected items (clothes, cushions, curtains), or any other items that may be affected. By washing/vacuuming any loose fibres will be removed and some of the damage that had been caused will look more apparent.
You cannot get rid of an established moth infestation using traps and deterrents only. Nevertheless moths traps are very useful for monitoring the presence and activity of moths. Also deterrents can help keeping moths away from a specific area/confined space by diffusing a smell they can’t stand.
How to prevent a clothes moths problem
In principle there are a few guideline that can be given. But it is easier said than done.
- a spring cleaning routine. Once or twice a year move every thing out of the way and clean, wash, dust off, organise… Once a year wash your carpets, there are a lot of specialised company that does it cheaply, or you can rent a carpet washer from major hardware shops. Place moth deterrents. We are aeons away from the traditional mothball that smell awful. There are plenty of very nice alternatives based on plants and herbs, cedar balls, lavender bags… Replace them regularly with fresh ones.
- Never placing in the wardrobe any clothes that has been worn without washing it first. It is especially relevant for suits that we may only take out for the odd occasion. The most cost effective solution would be to place it within a plastic garment bag. You can also use vacuum seal storage bags.
- When shopping beware of bargain or of the clothes provenance. It may be safer to just wash right away when you reach home. Ideally a hot wash 6o °C, but that would not do for woollens and most animal fibres.
- prophylaxis for the prevention of moths infestation/damage. If you see a few moths flying about in your home, spray the inside panels of your wardrobes with commercial crawling insect killer on a regular basis, possibly once a months, or more often. Push your clothes toward the middle, spray the side and the back panel that is now exposed, allow to dry, push the clothes from the other side, repeat on the opposite side, spray the inside of the cupboard’ doors. Add deterrents measures readily available from most supermarkets.
- Inspect the belongings/clothes/food stuff that you have not used in the past 6 months for the presence of moths silks. Rewash eventually.
- Get rid of the old stuff you do not use. It will also declutter your wardrobes and make it easier to spot if you have moths activity.
Moth control in London: residual pesticides VS heat treatment VS freezing VS steam
Chemical moths treatment is the technique of choice traditionally used in residential property as it offers maximum residual activity. It is normally applied with a sprayer directly on the surfaces. The pesticides are approved for residential use under the COSHH regulation. But in some instance we also use a fogging machine (ULV-ULTRA-LOW-VOLUME) to get to out of reach areas. Fogging machine will offer a fantastic knock out effect on larvae and adult moths. But ULV products are designed to leave no residual activity. So at Inoculand we do not use fogging as a main treatment, but rather as an additional measure.
Heat treatment is one of the best advance that the pest control industry has developed. It offers great advantage such as same day eradication. It would be the appropriate treatment wherever the client has stringent time constraints, or whenever chemical control is not allowed or not practical. Even though this technique offers no residual protection, it may be used as a stand alone solution as the heat reach throughout the properties deep into any items that it contains.
Freezing is very easy to implement. The only issue is the size of the item that is infested. Most households will only have a regular -18 °C freezer compartment. But this would be plenty enough to treat any small item coming from an infested property, before you display it among your belongings. Or if you identify within your property any item that is possibly infested, but that cannot be washed due to its fragile nature. One downside is the condensation that the process creates that may damage certain items.
Steaming is very convenient for carpets but quite impractical for furniture/upholstery as the steam may not always penetrate deeply enough. Also this approach offers no residual protection, so it cannot be considered as a stand alone solution.
How do you know you have a moths problem?
To put it simply, it is the chicken and the egg story. When you see a moth flying inside your property, you know that a larva has been eating through your stuff. I consider a moth problem whatever level of infestation that is causing some noticeable damage. This may be exacerbated if you own precious or rare items, you may not want to even risk it.
The other thing to consider is how much loss/expense may result from the moth infestation VS how much a treatment/solution would cost you. In most cases people just want to get rid of them because it simply annoy/concern them seeing them around.
To check if you have a problem with moths, the best thing would be to place some insect monitors is the rooms/cupboards you want tested. The more moths you find glued on the monitor, the more likely you are from the source? Normally the moths will breed in dark, undisturbed places. It is very common that the larvae would feed on carpet found underneath a low raise furniture, or underneath a side table hidden in a corner of the room.
The common factor among any moths is that they are more likely to be thriving on stuff that is not being currently used/tempered with/walked on. Beware of any old stuff that you are keeping but never using. The best approach is being on top of things and inspect your belongings/property on a regular basis, or whenever you see moths. What you would be looking for is the larvae, insect silks on the fabric, thread bare fabric or a bold patch on the carpet or on fur, pin-head size holes in clothes. In the case of a food moths, you will notice a lot of powder at the bottom of the back, possibly the flour making balls of some sort (mixing with the silks).
Arranging a moth treatment London service with Inoculand Ltd
Clothes and carpet moth treatments are best carried out in the morning or before 1-2 PM so you can be free to enjoy your home in the afternoon/evening. The tenant will have to keep away from the sprayed area. The clothes moth fumigation pesticides that will be used are alpha-cypermethrin and tetramethrin that are pyrethroids with a great knockdown power and long
The common clothes moth (Tineola bisselliella) has an adult size of about 7 mm and its colour is pale yellow-brown. The female will lay eggs in clusters of 30-200 that will hatch after 4-10 days. At first too small for the naked eye, the caterpillars will eventually eat their way through your organic fabrics and grow up to 1 cm long in a period that can be as short as 1 month under favourable conditions. From there they will spin cocoons and spend at least a further 10 days before developing into adults. The adults life span is 15-30 days (death after mating for males, after laying eggs for female). So basically their life cycle can be completed within 1 months, that put them in a position to extend their damage dramatically.
In our heated flats, they will breed year round. They will mostly target clothes that have been worn previously, that contain sweat or other organic liquids. They will eat cotton, linen, silk, wool, feathers, hair, flour, biscuits… Both adults and larvae will favour dark places such as underneath low rise furniture.
The Indian meal moth (Plodia interpunctella) has an adult size of 8-10 mm and its colour is very characteristic with the outer part of their wing dark grey-bronze-copper and the inter part yellow-grey. Its larvae are about 12 mm long with a off-white body with brown head. The female will lay 60-400 eggs on dry food stuff such as cereal, nuts, seeds that can hatch within 2-14 days. The larvae may mature for 2-41 weeks before pupating and generating the adult moth stage. In optimal conditions its life cycle can be completed within 6 weeks so the infestation can easily spread from one packaging to another.