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Control

  • keep everywhere clean, hoovering wardrobes and carpets, moving furniture and soft furnishings
  • do not put anything away unless it is spotlessly clean. Food stains and human sweat are very attractive to moths
  • use sealed bags and boxes to store delicate, vulnerable fabrics
  • areas where food is prepared, eaten and stored should be cleaned regularly.
  • treat all areas with an insecticidal dust and/or spray such as Residex P or Protector C
  • If the area to be treated is a food preparation area, choose a non-insecticidal alternative such as Oa2ki powder or spray
  • pheromone traps are successful in interrupting the breeding cycle of the adult moths
  • In commercial grain stores, it would be prudent to call in a professional pest control service qualified in fumigation
  • Clothes Moth

  • small, 1-2cm in length
  • pale gold in colour
  • reddish tufts of hair on head
  • tiny eggs, that are attached with a glue like substance and are hard to remove
  • larvae are translucent white
  • Carpet Moth

  • small, 1-2cm in length
  • shiny light brown, with one large and a few smaller black spots
  • wings are edged by a hairy fringe
  • dark grey hairs on head
  • larvae create a case around them that look like grains of rice

  • Food Product Moth

  • small, 1/2 to 1cm in lengt
  • wings half grey, half red-brown
  • eggs are grey-white and barely visible
  • larvae are off-white with a brown head, but can be pink, green or brown depending on foodstuff.
  • larvae have 3 sets of legs near the head for propulsion
  • larvae spin webs and leave frass behind them
    • Lifecycle

    • all moths lay eggs, either amongst their foodstuff of choice, or in cracks and crevices nearby
    • eggs develop over a period of time, dependant on the species of moth and the conditions.
    • eggs hatch into larvae, which feed ferociously on their chosen foodstuff over a period of time. 
    • the larval stage can last for months, even years, if conditions become unfavourable
    • at the appropriate time they spin a cocoon and emerge as adult moths 
    • adult moths rarely eat. They mate, lay eggs and die within a few days
    • Habitat 

    • Varies depending on the species of moth
    • the webbing clothes moth prefers a moist environment, so can be found on dirty materials such as sweat stained clothing and rugs where there have been spillages
    • it prefers low light and dim areas such as under rugs and skirting boards
    • clothes moth larvae turn keratin in natural fibres into a foodstuff, so items of choice include wool, silk and fur.
    • the case bearing clothes moth larvae also eat keratin, along with cobwebs, detritus in birds nests, stored vegetables and wallpaper
    • food product moths can be found in a vast range of stored foodstuffs, such as dry pet food, birdseed, cereals, bread, pasta, rice, flour, spices, dried fruit and nuts (all plant based)
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