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New: A brand-new, unused, unopened and undamaged item in original retail packaging (where packaging is ... Read moreabout the condition
Type: Weed/ Pest Control
Weed/ Pest Control Method: Traps For: Insects










   This article is about CLOTHES MOTH control.

It will explain why they are a pest and what

needs to be done for controlling infestations.

   Clothing moths have long been a problem for mankind.

It is believed they have been around as long as there

have been animals with hair. Natural fibres are what

clothing moths feed on; they have a unique ability

to turn keratin, a protein available in wool, fur,

horns and many other natural materials, into food.

Clothing moths possess a special enzyme which

works in the digestive track of the moth. Though

they prefer natural hairs and fabric fibres, clothing

moths have been found to eat just about anything.

The list includes but is not limited to snake skin,

beef, just about any type of meal, milk products,

finger nail clippings, human hair, pet hair,

 wool, cotton, silk, furniture, insulation,

carpets - both natural and synthetic, leather, cork

and bees wax. They appear to be able to eat anything

but this does not mean they are able to live and

prosper on such diets. Clearly some of the above

items on which they feed are better suited as food

items and some are not. However, the moth will take

advantage of what is available; a variety is

not needed, just a good supply of something which

has their needed nutrients.

   Additionally, it has been learned clothing moths

prefer fabric which is dirty or stained. They are

particularly attracted to carpeting or clothing

which has human sweat, urine, milk, coffee, gravy or

other liquids which have spilled on them. It appears

they are attracted to these areas not because of what

spilled there but because the spill contains moisture -

a vital need for most insects. Since moth larva do

not drink water, their food must contain moisture

from which they can extract their requirements.

   Clothing moths develop much like any other insect.

Eggs hatch larva which feed. Once they get their fill

they pupate where they undergo metamorphosis to emerge

as the adult. Adults do not eat; male adults look for

females and adult females look for a place to lay eggs.

Once their job is done they die. Contrary to what most

people believe, adult clothing moths do not eat or cause

any damage to clothing or fabric. It is the larva which

is solely responsible for this; larva spend their entire

time eating and foraging for food. If they find enough

close to where they hatch they will spend their time

eating and very little time foraging. If conditions are

not providing them with enough food, larva will become

mobile. They will travel as far as they have to in order

to get proper nutrition.

 Adult females and larva prefer low light conditions.

Most moths are drawn to light but clothing moths seem

to like dim to dark areas over well lit rooms. If

larva find themselves in a well lit room, they will

try to relocate under furniture or carpet edges. Since

hand made rugs are a favorite food item for clothing

moths, it is easy for them to crawl underneath and do

their damage from below. They will also crawl under

moldings at the edges of rooms in search of darkened

areas which hold good food.

   Clothing moths can easily be confused with pantry

moths. They are similar in size, can and do infest

side by side and are able to eat similar food. The

big difference is where they end up infesting. Though

clothing moths are able to arrive at a home in some

type of grain or meal, they will move to other parts

of the home where fabric is found preferring this

as a main food supply.  The most common clothing moth found to infest

fabric in homes and places of business is the

Webbing Clothes Moth. It is found worldwide and no

structure is missed. Churches, homes, carpeting stores,

warehouses, museums and just about any building has

the needed material on which larva of these moths

feed. They are also greatly on the increase in the UK.

Though they prefer moist conditions, it is

important to understand low humidity merely slows

their development. A lack of moisture is most

likely to keep them eating and in their cocoons longer.

It will not eradicate infestations. Female adults

don't like to fly; males will readily fly looking for

females. These are small moths; adults grow between

1/4 and 1/2 inch. Their eggs are tiny most being under

1/24th of an inch long and barely visible. Females will

lay several hundred during her life and egg placement

will be carefully chosen in locations where they will

have the best chance for survival. They prefer loose

ragged threads of fibre and when laid, the eggs are

attached with a glue like material making it almost

impossible to remove with ordinary vacuuming or

cleaning. This is an issue which must be dealt with

when treating and will be discussed later in the

article. Unlike most insects, the eggs will hatch

when ready regardless of the climate. They do not

overwinter in the egg stage. Inside buildings this

egg hatching will happen all year round making any

time the proper time to treat suspected infestations.

Once the egg hatches, the larva will immediately look

for food. They are barely bigger than the egg and

though they have no eyes, larva will readily find

food. If egg placement was good, larva won't have to

travel far to find a meal. If no food is present,

they will crawl in search of dinner. The larval

stage appears to be critical for understanding their

development and control measures. Larva can get

their required food in under two months but if

conditions are not favorable, larva will feed on

and off for a long time. It has been found they

can stay in this stage for over two years. Besides

doing a lot of damage during this time span, larva

will mislead people present into believing the infestation

has been eliminated because no adults are being seen.  Though larva do not

create a case in which they live they do spin a type

of webbing around areas where they are most active.

They generally will use this silken area as a place

to sleep and remain protected but will venture away

from it as needed to find food. Silk found on clothing

or furniture is a sure sign of webbing clothes moths.

Whether it takes two months or two years, larva will

eventually spin a cocoon in which they will change into

adults. They will stay in this cocoon for 1-2 months and

then emerge as adults ready to mate and lay eggs. The

average time it takes a local infestation to go from

egg to egg is just about a year; the speed of development

will depend entirely on food supply, humidity and


 The first tool which will prove helpful for any level

of infestation is to install some  clothes moth traps

These are pheromone based traps which use female

sex pheromones to lure males. The attractant is much

stronger than natural pheromones emitted and

emerging males will not be able to resist the smell.

Once they get to the trap, a board of non-drying

glue awaits them. They will land, get stuck and

prevented from impregnating females. Traps will

last several months and though they won't stop

eating larva, they will cut down the adult male

population dramatically. We will advise you when

 they need replacing .This will help to prevent

future egg laying and aid in control. They will

also serve as a good monitoring device. If your

traps are catching more moths than you would

like, more treatments will be needed. Be sure to

locate them in wardrobes, around carpets or furniture

and any other room where you have activity. Try

to inspect them at least once a week.

 Once you have traps in place, aerosol or liquid

treatments can be done. In order to prepare for

these applications, it is best to do some house

cleaning. This will involve different things for

different areas. First, if you have activity in

a wardrobe around clothes or other stored fabric, you

will need to do a good vacuuming. You may even

need to dry clean certain items. This process will

help to remove moisture levels. Make an effort to go through

each piece paying particular attention to anything

which is either valuable or left alone for long

periods of time. Fabric, whether clothing or bulk,

can harbor infestations at different levels. Since

larva will not readily migrate if the food supply is

both close and abundant, you can easily miss

nest locations and feeding sights. If you spend

time going through the piles of clothes and fabric

you are most likely to find any droppings, webbing

or even adults. Finding any of these will aid in control

measures. If you are not washing or dry cleaning

suspected infested clothing, make a point to vacuum as

much as you can. This process will take some time

but this will prove to be a worthwhile investment.

Vacuuming will help to remove larva, adults and

their silk webs but eggs and pupae are almost impossible

to remove. Glue like excretions and the cocoon spinning

process does a good job of affixing eggs and pupa in

place. A cheap and effective way of killing the eggs and

pupae is to put the clothes into a bin liner and leave in your

deep freeze for a couple of weeks. The same holds true for rugs.

Thick carpets need to have a good vacuuming. Since hand

weaved rugs generally have natural fabric through

and through, clothes moths will find their way to

the underside and their feeding will cause the top

to come undone. However, topside treatments may not

penetrate far enough to get them and turning up sides

or in some cases turning the rug over may be needed

to insure good coverage. Synthetic carpeting, though

may harbour some moth activity, usually

has a some type of backing moths cannot eat. This will

allow you to treat from the topside effectively.

Other items which may develop moth activity include

tapestries, taxidermy mounts, drapes, wreathes, linens,

area rugs, stored goods or just about anything

which has some natural fabric or material on which

clothing moths can feed. Most of these items will need

a vacuuming prior to treatments to insure good

results and to maximize product effectiveness.

   Once you have cleaned wardrobes, clothing, rugs,

carpeting, furniture, or anything else with activity,

you are ready to treat. The simplest thing you can

do is to use an aerosol which is OK for small areas.

For wardrobes, the use of such a product is fine.

Aerosols are ready to spray, easy to

apply and don't require much "dry" time. They're very

handy for use on furniture, taxidermy mounts or tapestries.

Though they will kill currently active insects, they

will usually not prove strong enough to knock out

major infestations but they are a good starting point.

 Mosquito and insect repellent and can be used on clothing

or other surfaces where you want to provide some protection

from clothes moth attack. It's effective on over 50

different insects and is excellent for small jobs where

you need some protection. If you have spent the time

going through your wardrobe and are not quite sure if

there is a problem in the area, treating it with some

of this Permethrin would be smart. It's odorless and

a light misting will insure you don't get holes by

any fabric eating pest that might be present. Don't

waste your time with smelly moth balls which won't

work as well or relying on ceder wood boxes (they stop working

after a couple of years); treat with some Permethrin for better

protection and ease of use.

 Larger areas can be treated with the use of


you can treat large areas quickly and effectively.

The Mini Smoke will reach 3 to 6 Meters

The Super Smoke will reach over 10 Meters.


Refered by a friend, reordering

By Jane on 09/08/10. I recently had a moth problem in my new house and they started eating our sweaters, of course, with a particular taste for cashmere. They are these tiny little tan colored moths that turn to dust when you squish one. But can they do damage! We had to throw away hundreds of pounds worth of clothes. All the other products we looked into had some sort of toxic issue with them and having a house with pets, we were not happy to use them. I thought that was going to be my only option when a friend recommended this product. It is basically a SUPER sticky pheromone infused  pad which you put in to a triangular wallet and place in a cupboard or a room. The male moths just FLOCK to hormone scented pad like crazy! Suckers. Then they get stuck on the cardboard and die. I could not beleive how fast our first ones filled up, it was fun in a strange way to watch it every day. They last about 3 months before the hormone starts to lose potency. The first batch took care of about 80% of our problem and we put out a fresh batch to finish off the rest of them. We put two in each wardrobe the first time around, one high and one low, and that seemed to work well. I now keep one in the corner of all my wardrobes as insurance but they are gone. Disposable, non toxic, very affordable (less than the cost of one ruined sweater) and works really well.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

REPLY : There is no need to over saturate these traps the pheremones are very powerful and will work in any draught free area part of room.What ever others say, male moths are NOT, I REPEAT NOT, AFRAID OF THE LIGHT, THEY WILL TRAVEL GREAT DISTANCES TO FIND A FEMALE  LIGHT OR NO LIGHT.

Thankyou for your endorsement I am pleased  have one of the most competitively priced moth traps available and  have a wealth of personal experience to promote these moth traps. MONTY. Please call me 01722-716663

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