- Moth larvae like natural materials, e.g. old woollen carpets, woollens clothes, fur coats, and feathers
- Adult moth’s do not feed on these materials; it is the larvae that cause ’moth damage’
- Adult moth’s move from room to room laying eggs often attracted towards bright light, therefore, finding a moth does not mean its larvae are in the same room.
- Moth larvae are usually found in wardrobes, on furs, woollens, carpets and in and under upholstered furniture
In the places where moths are found, it is best to treat for larvae using a residual insecticide sprayed around the edges of the room and under heavy furniture.
Successful treatment depends on the room being accessible and no vacuuming allowed for at least 10 – 14 days allowing larvae to come into contact with the insecticide as soon as they hatch. It normally takes 10–14 days from egg laying to hatching.
If you find that moth larvae have been eating natural fibre and clothing in your home, it is recommended you get any clothing dry cleaned or wrapped in a plastic bag and put in a freezer for 14 days to kill any eggs and larvae
Household cleanliness is often the best way to keep moths at bay. Thorough and frequent vacuuming of carpets and upholstery, especially around the edges of rooms and around heavy furniture, should prevent moths re-occurring.