Contact us if your home needs treatment for clothes moths. We also offer advice on preparing for a treatment.
The clothes moth is the most common fabric moth.
Identifying clothes moths
- Adults are golden with reddish golden hairs on top of the head.
- Their wings span around half an inch and are fringed with a row of golden hairs.
Where are they found?
Because these moths are weak flyers and not attracted to light, you can find them close to the infested items, such as in dark areas of closets.
The larva is the damaging stage of the clothes moth and feeds on:
- wool clothing
- upholstered furniture
- stored wool
- animal bristles in brushes
- wool felts in pianos
- fish meal in fish food
- cotton, when blended with wool
Signs of clothes moths damages
Damages usually appear in hidden areas of your clothes such as:
- under collars
- under cuffs
- in crevices of upholstered furniture
- in carpet areas covered by furniture
- in fabrics with food stains, perspiration, or urine.
Home treatments for moths
An adult must be present before we start the treatment. You will have to leave your property during the treatment and return at least three hours later. Treatments in your home involve:
- two visits, three weeks apart
- treating all affected rooms
- an advice sheet with information about the insecticide used, where we placed it and any special precautions needed.
Preparing your home for moth treatment
We may not be able to treat your home if you do not carryout the following:
Before the treatment you should:
- vacuum the whole house, especially areas where you have seen damages such as baseboards, cracks and crevices - dispose of the bag immediately after vacuuming
- dry clean or launder items in hot water at more than 120 degrees F for 20 to 30 minutes
- put washed or dry cleaned clothes in a sealed plastic bag
- move wardrobes, cupboards and beds away from the walls
- unplug all non essential electrical items
- turn off any aquarium pumps and cover the tank.
The above steps will also need to be repeated for the second visit.
Controlling a clothes moths infestation yourself
Clothes moths may hide on woollen garments or scraps stored for long periods. In order to prevent clothes moths ensure your clothes are:
- stored properly
- periodically hung in the sun
- brushed along the seams, in folds and pockets.
Brushing destroys eggs and exposes larvae. Larvae are strongly repelled by light and will fall from clothing when they cannot find protection.
We also offer advice on preparing for a treatment.
- have black and bright yellow bands
- have a narrow waist in the middle of a thin body
- are 10-15mm long
- have a smooth, hairless body
- are often found around rubbish and food
- feed on other insects.
Note. Bees are rounder, fatter, slower moving and hairier than wasps. The rear legs are fat and they have duller coloration. They only feed on pollen, so they are often found near flowers and plants.
Home treatments for wasps
We only offer this treatment from 1 April to 31 October.
An adult must be present throughout each visit. Treatments in your home involve:
- one visit
- injecting dust into the nest usually in lofts or outside under the eaves
- an advice sheet with information about the insecticide used, where it was placed and any special precautions
- taking measures to protect children and pets.
The nest will be dead in one or two days after the treatment.
Further useful facts
- There is no need to remove a dead or dormant nest as wasps will not return to a dead/dormant nest. If you would like it removed we charge £25 for this service. Please call 020 8937 5252.
- During the bee season in May and June, you should take particular care to ensure that you correctly identify whether you have bees or wasps. If you book a wasp treatment, and our pest controller discovers that you have bees, the law does not allow us to undertake a treatment and we will refund your fee minus an administrative charge.
- Wasps never return to last year's nest
- Almost all nests discovered in early spring (March and early April) are dormant nests from a previous summer. You can often avoid unnecessary expense in early spring by only booking a service if you see wasps using the nest. If not it is almost certainly a dormant nest from a previous year.
Identifying what a wasp looks like