How can we help Salisbury shopkeepers tackle clothes moths? Famous for our tweed jackets and warm woollen coats, we British have unfortunately welcomed an uninvited guest – the moth. There are hundreds of thousands of species of moths, but two of them like to make their homes on our prized natural fibre – Wool. Not adverse to linen and silk either. Natural fibres make perfect habitats for these insect pests.
Who’d have thought that these winged creatures don’t like to fly! The Brown House and White Shouldered House Moths prefer to crawl. They thoroughly enjoy the dark, dirty and unloved parts of our storage areas. Furthermore, they absolutely adore woollen carpets and furniture with fabric made from natural fibres.
If you spot one of these bronze winged creatures in your shop, take a deep breath. You will have to check your commercial premises thoroughly for their eggs before they make a meal of your best suits. The moths themselves aren’t interested in eating, but their larvae will be. Their eggs are laid on the tasty fabric ready for the grubs to much on when they hatch. A clutch of caterpillars look like this:
It takes a couple of months for the life cycle of a moth to be complete so regular checks will be necessary to make sure that you haven’t missed any.
If you think you might have a infestation, it is highly recommended that you contact a professional pest control consultant. These days your premises won’t need to smell of napthalene as there are alternative pest control treatments to use. Contact Chris at Shawyers for advice on how to treat your moth problem.