KILDARE has been declared the fourth most moth infested county in Ireland by pest control company Rentokil. The county accounted for 5% of call outs to deal with the pest last year.
There are four types of moth in Ireland, they all leave distinctive marks that will help you figure out what type of moth has been munching on your fabrics. The common clothes moth leaves irregular shaped holes in material whereas the case bearing clothes moth will create smaller more perfectly shaped holes.
The brown house moth is a bit of a fussy eater and prefers animal based material such as feathers and leather. On the other side of the scale the white shouldered house moth will eat pretty much anything it can get, which may mean it will have less of a feast on your fabrics.
Moths are most likely to be found in spare bedrooms, under mattresses, infrequently used wardrobes and attics and as moth larvae feed on fabric they cause significant damage to clothes, blankets, carpets, curtains and upholstery.
By spring cleaning these areas and properly packing away winter clothes homeowners can reduce the risk of moth larvae eating into precious textiles.
To avoid having half eaten clothes you should wash clothes before storing, keep clothes in sealed plastic bags or suitcases, hoover regularly to get rid any eggs they may leave and keep curtains drawn during the night to ensure they don’t sneak in and take up lodgings in your home.
It might be a good idea to start the spring cleaning a little early this year.