It is important to carry out moth treatment as early as possible to keep the amount of damage caused by moths to a minimum.
Clothes & carpet moth infestations can be eradicated using heat treatment or chemicals. Heat treatment is generally the recommended course of action against moths. Heat treatment will kill moths at every stage of life instantly, in both your clothes and your carpets.
Inoculand technicians are fully trained and use the latest technology in thermal blasting. Depending on the area to be treated, we will use either LPG-fuelled heat generators or electric heaters.
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Different ways to deal with Moths
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Our heat treatment raises the temperature of a room and is contents to over 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.
It will also remove 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 your clothes and fully expose them to the heat for maximum effectiveness.
Heat treat your clothes and other belongings.
It is possible to combine chemical treatment with a heat tent in order to kill moths that may be present within your clothes.
The dry heat will penetrate deep into your clothes and destroy whatever moths, larvae and eggs that maybe there. It is not only convenient but will save you from having to dry clean all your clothes.
Spraying pesticides to treat moth infestations at home.
We carry out two visits over two weeks and spray HSE-approved pesticides rigorously 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 of a room to ensure total moth eradication.
Chemical Treatment for Moths
See a breakdown below of the steps required to successfully remove moths from your home
Don't ignore the problem
It is important to carry out moth treatment as early as possible in order to limit the damage caused by moths. Ignoring the presence of moth activity can lead to your carpets, rugs and garments being damaged beyond repair. As a result, landlords may have to deal with distraught tenants and pay for new carpets to be fitted.
Tidy & Vacuum
In order to make the most of our moth treatment in London, you will need to tidy and clear the floor of loose items. Then, thoroughly vacuum all of your carpets and rugs. Wherever possible, move the furniture away from the walls to allow spraying at the back.
Empty your wardrobes
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 any moth activity from persisting.
Chemicals & Heat
Combining the chemical treatment with a moth heat tent is very effective since it kills all life that’s present on your clothes. A heat tent is very effective against moths and extremely convenient. It holds a very large amount of clothing and will save you from having to wash/dry-clean them all.
Vacate the property
Tenants must vacate the property and won’t be able to return until the chemicals are dry – this takes approximately two hours. Fish tanks need to be covered up as fish are very sensitive to the pesticides.
Give it time
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 pesticides time to work. We recommend that you only clean the day before we come back for the follow-up visit.
How to get rid of moths
Adult moths do not cause damage, they just look for a suitable spot to lay their eggs on. It is the larvae that eat the natural fabrics. Once they’ve developed enough, 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’s life cycle.
The initial moth treatment will kill off all the adults and larvae upon contact but not the eggs or pupae. However, as they hatch they will have contact with the residual insecticide. Our homes offer favourable conditions to moths and an entire life cycle can be completed in just one month.
If the moth infestation is limited and minor, it is possible to deal with it using DIY products. If you are going to use commercial products, you should use them frequently (at least once a week) for a minimum of 4-5 weeks for the best results.
It is possible to tackle larvae by thoroughly vacuum cleaning the affected areas and disposing of the bag afterwards. Doing this will also reveal the extent of the damage done by moths and help you monitor the situation.
Washing all affected items (clothes, cushions, curtains) thoroughly and at 60°C can also be effective against moths. Similarly, extreme cold can also be effective at tackling a moth pest problem – storing your infested items below 18°C for three days will kill moths too.
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You cannot get rid of an established moth infestation using only traps and deterrents. That being said, moths traps are very useful for monitoring the presence and activity of moths. You may even wish to use deterrents, such as odour diffusers, to help keep moths away from a specific area.
What is the cost of moth fumigation?
Inoculand offers a moth control fumigation service for £210+VAT to treat a one-bedroom flat. Larger properties are charged a further £49 per extra bedroom (e.g. £259+VAT for a two-bedroom flat).
Chemical treatments can be carried out using either pesticides (synthetic pyrethroids) or an organic option (100% natural).
What is the cost of heat treatment?
The cost of heat treatment will depend on how large the job is. Our entry-level heat treatment includes the heat tent and is £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 it becomes per room. Carrying out moth heat treatment in a one-bedroom flat room would cost £400+VAT, and in a five-bedroom house it would cost £1685+VAT.
Types of moths we control
Our London-based 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 way to escape. Moths will eat fabrics or materials containing natural fibres, causing considerable damage in the process. Wool, silk and fur are the most at risk. Most moth activity happens in dark, secluded areas that are out of sight.
We carry out moth treatment in London for residential and commercial clients. In most cases, the clients report moth-related damage or activity happening in one specific area. However, moths can easily spread to other rooms without you noticing. As we spray, we often see moths falling off from the walls in areas the client thought were moth-free. Therefore, normally advise treating the entire property instead of just one room.
Food moth infestations usually happen in the kitchen and pantry. They are usually attracted by dry food items that are kept in one of the cupboards. Typically, it’s an old pack of flour, breadcrumbs, cereals or seeds. As such, the first step is to get rid of the infested foodstuff. The second step is to spray the inside of the cupboards and areas around them. A one-off spray in the kitchen is normally enough to take care of the moth infestation, and the charge for this is £129+VAT.
Most moths species can be treated using the same pest control approach as described above. These include the case-bearing clothes moth, the White-shouldered house moth, and the brown house moth. That being said, these moths are far rarer than carpet and clothes moths and are far less likely to cause any problems for you.
The common clothes moth (Tineola bisselliella) grows to approximately 7 mm as an adult and is a pale yellow-brown. The female will lay eggs in clusters of 30-200 that will hatch after 4-10 days. At first, they are too small for the naked eye, and the caterpillars will eventually eat their way through your organic fabrics and grow up to 1 cm long in as little as one month under favourable conditions. From there they will spin cocoons and spend at least a further 10 days developing into adults. The adults’ life span is 15-30 days (death after mating for males, after laying eggs for female). In other words, their life cycle can be completed within one month, meaning colonies can grow exponentially in a short space of time.
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 the outer part of their wing is a dark grey-bronze-copper and the inner part is 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 foodstuffs, such as cereal, nuts and seeds, that can hatch within 2-14 days. The larvae may mature for 2-41 weeks before pupating and becoming adult moths. In optimal conditions, its life cycle can be completed within six weeks, so the infestation can easily spread from one packaging to another.