Clothes & carpet moth treatment in London
Clothes and carpet moth infestations can be eradicated through heat treatment or through chemical means. Thermal eradication is the recommended form of treatment against moths as it will kill all life stages of moths instantly within your clothes and your carpets.
There are three options to consider:
- Chemical treatment (pesticides or organic)
- Chemical treatment and heat tent for clothes moths
- Full heat treatment of the property and clothes
Inoculand technicians are fully trained and use the latest technology in thermal blasting. Depending on the area to be treated, we would use either LPG fuelled heat generators or electric heaters.
Heat treatment for clothes moths: instant moth control & extermination
Our heat treatment brings the temperature of the rooms and everything they contain above 56º C. This is well above the critical temperature at which insects of all development stages die.
Heat treatment is the best method of moth pest control, as it reaches deep underneath the carpets where larvae and eggs can be found.
But it will also rid moths from your clothes, so you won't have to take them to the dry cleaner. We bring spare clothes racks that allow us to spread the clothes and expose them efficiently to the heat.
Chemical treatment: spraying pesticides to treat moth infestations at home
We carry out two visits at two week intervals. We spray HSE approved pesticides thoroughly and throughout the property. Following the spraying, we also use a cold fogger (ULV) that produces an electrostatically charged pesticide mist. This reaches into every corner and crack in the rooms to ensure total moth eradication.
Heat tent for clothes moths: treat your clothes and other belongings
It is possible to combine a chemical treatment with a heat tent in order to kill all life stages of moths that may be present within the clothes.
The dry heat will penetrate deep within your clothes and destroy whatever moths, larvae and eggs that may be there. It is not only convenient but will save you from having to dry clean all your clothes. The large heat tent has a capacity of 100 items on hangers per load.
What is the cost of moth fumigation?
Inoculand offers a moth control fumigation service for £210+VAT to treat up to a one bedroom flat. Larger properties are charged a further £49 per extra bedroom (e.g. £259+VAT for a two bed flat).
Chemical treatments can be carried out using either pesticides (synthetic pyrethoids) or an organic option (100% natural).
Chemical treatment for moths: a breakdown
It is important to carry out the moth treatment as early as possible and keep the amount of damage the moths’ larvae cause to a minimum.
Disregarding the presence of moth activity can lead to your carpets, rugs and garments being damaged beyond retrieval.
As a result, landlords may have to deal with distraught tenants and/or face the expense of changing the damaged carpets for new ones.
In order to make the most of our moth treatment in London, you will need to tidy and clear the floor from loose items. Thoroughly vacuum clean all your carpets and rugs. Wherever possible, move the furniture away from the walls to allow spraying at the back.
You will also need to empty the contents of your wardrobes in the morning. This will allow us to spray the inside of the wardrobe during the visit. Since clothes may be contaminated you should have them dry cleaned or washed above 60°C to prevent residual moth activity from persisting.
There is also the option of combining the chemical treatment with a moth heat tent that would kill all life stages present within the clothes. A heat tent is very efficient against moths and convenient, as it holds a very large amount of clothes and would save you from having to wash/dry-clean them all.
The tenants will have to vacate the property and won’t be able to return until the chemicals are dry (two hours). Fish tanks need to be covered up, as fish are very sensitive to the pesticides.
The products we use are water-based, so it should not stain fabric and surfaces. Do not vacuum clean between visits , as you need to allow the pesticide to work to its fullest (clean the day before we come back for the follow-up visit).
What is the cost of moths heat treatment?
The heat treatment cost will depend on how large the job is. Our entry level heat treatment is the heat tent at £220+VAT. You can use a heat tent for clothes moths or for rugs and curtains.
The cost of carrying out the full heat treatment of a property will also depend on how many rooms will need to be heat treated. The larger the property, the cheaper per room it becomes. To carry out a moth heat treatment in a one off room would be £400+VAT, and in a five bedroom house £1685+VAT.
Carpet and clothes moth control
Our London clothes moth pest 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 risk. And it is in the areas that are not directly in sight that moths often build up in numbers and cause damage.
We carry out moth treatment in London for residential and commercial clients. In most cases, the clients report the moths’ damage or activity in one specific area. However, moths can easily spread further away to other rooms without the tenant noticing. 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 control
Food moth infestations are normally 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, breadcrumbs, 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 £129+VAT.
Other common moths species considered as pests
Most moths species can be treated using the same moth 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, new adult moths will emerge and the whole cycle will be repeated. If the moth 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 moth 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 offer favourable conditions to moths and therefore the life cycle can easily be completed within one month.
It is important to maintain the residual activity of the insecticide throughout that time. Using professional pesticides allows us to achieve this with two visits at two week intervals. 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 clients to do a round of cleaning the day before the follow up visit.
If the moth 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. It is possible to reduce the amount of larvae by thoroughly vacuum cleaning the affected spot(s) and getting rid of the bag afterwards. 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.
Temperature can also be used to destroy all life stages of moths using heat above £56°C or cold below 18°C for three days.
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. Deterrents can help keep moths away from a specific area/confined space by diffusing a smell they can’t stand.
Insect biology of moths
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 one 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 one month, which puts them in a position to extend their damage dramatically.
In our heated flats, moths 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, and more. 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 inner part yellow-grey. Its larvae are about 12 mm long with an off-white body and brown head. The female will lay 60-400 eggs on dry food stuff, such as cereal, nuts and 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 six weeks, so the infestation can easily spread from one packaging to another.
Get in touch through our contact form if you need any more information on how to get rid of moths in London.