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How to get rid of moths

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1.Identify your pest

First, the good news is moths are not hazardous to our health. However, the bad news is that they can cause unsightly damage to clothes, carpets and other materials in your premises. Take action as soon as you see the tell-tale signs like small maggot-like larvae or silk cocoons.

Moths are Stored Product Insects (SPI) and their favourite food can range from dried foods such as cereals, peanuts, flour, grains, shelled nuts, cocoa beans and even tobacco and herbs. A moth infestation causes potential damage to stored goods and great financial losses when moths lay eggs and the larvaes feed on the goods.

Did you know? Most the types of moths species are attracted to light! To keep your home safe from a moth invasion and probably later on a moth infestation, one simple home tip is to have your curtains drawn at night when the lights are on to dim out and minimise the chances of moths flying into your home. It is also interesting to know that when lights are limited, moths use the sun and moon to navigate!

Moths are closely related to butterflies, one way to differentiate them is by the antenna; the butterfly antenna end with a bud whereas moth antenna is straight. Male moths have larger antenna than females to enable them to detect the pheromones released by females for mating purposes, from as far as 8km away.

2.Choose your method

DIY or Professional?

How to get rid of moths? When it comes to getting rid of moths, you have two basic options: DIY or hire a professional.

The DIY option requires the purchase and correct use of moth balls. They are able to repel moths. Moth balls are usually placed in places where clothings are stored- wardrobes and closets. It can also be placed in some dark corners of store rooms to discourage straying moths from hiding and nesting.

The professional option requires you to find your local pest control company in Sri Lanka to get rid of the problem for you.

DIY moth control options

Tips on getting rid of moths

There are a number of things you can immediately do to help get rid of moths:

  1. Start vacuuming regularly in the affected area to remove all the larvae.
  2. Thoroughly wash all your clothes and other fabrics in the infected area, such as bed sheets, linen and blankets.
  3. Clean all affected wardrobes, cupboards and drawers, especially cracks and crevices where eggs might be hiding.
  4. Clean suitcases, bags and containers as more eggs or larvae might be hidden in it.

While the use of moth balls does repel moths, there are limitations to this DIY method especially when moth balls are placed in certain corners only, moths merely move arond to avoid the moth balls. This alone does not prevent them from nesting.

Benefits of a professional moth control service

How to get rid of moths in your home and in your business

If a moth infestation become worse, you and your family risk getting your personal clothings and stored dried foods ruined. Moths are capable of damaging fabrics and contaminate foodstuffs.

Likewise, a moth problem in a business organisation comes with potential financial loss and bad reputation when goods are ruined and damaged.

Professional moth control services from Rentokil

At Rentokil, our experts are fully trained, licensed professionals with knowledge of the habits of moths. Our industry approved trainings enable us to treat and get rid of moths as effectively as possible.

How to choose your pest control professional

To find the right professional pest control company, you need to ensure the entire organization, as well as the pest control technicians are able to fulfill key criteria.

You should expect the same level of competence and duty of care as provided by any other professional service provider.

A good pest partner should be able to anticipate and answer all your health and safety concerns. Services and treatments should be tailored to suit your needs as much as possible.

Crucially a professional should also respect your home, property or business site and operate with the greatest care and attention. He or she should be able to voice any challenges or restrictions right from the start. Equally, as a customer, you should always feel able to voice any concerns and ask as many questions as you need to.

Key criteria for selection:

  1. Certifications - licenses and certifications will demonstrate that your treatments are carried out to the highest industry standard practices.
  2. Personal recommendations - even today, word-of-mouth and personal recommendations can be more powerful than a company’s own word. Speak to neighbors, peers, friends or family to find out about customer satisfaction.
  3. Transparency - complete honesty and transparency early-on regarding the cost, level and duration of treatment required will help you see if the company is reliable.
  4. Expertise & experience - a well established, recognized company can offer a peace of mind in the services provided and its relationship with customers.

Why use Rentokil

With Rentokil Pest Control, you can be assured of complete pest protection.

Our focus on control solutions will ensure complete removal of your pest problem. At the same time, our approach to pest protection will help your home or business remain pest-free long-term.

We have been providing pest control services globally to both homes and businesses for more than 90 years, our expertise in the industry should reassure you of the quality of our service and our expertly trained pest control technicians.

  • We tailor our products to target pests by species.
  • We customize our solutions based on the uniqueness of your home, building or business premises - recognizing that every pest problem is different.
  • We use advanced solutions approved by industry governing bodies - helping to ensure reliability and success.
  • Our large network of entomologists and field biologists support the services and products used by our technicians on-site.

3.Take action

Contact Rentokil today to get rid of your moth problem and eliminate any stress or pest concerns you have in your home or business.

Benefit from a range of services and complete protection offered by a leading pest control company. Join thousands of satisfied customers throughout Sri Lanka.

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