Moths sure look like harmless insects flying around doing their business, but many-a-times, they come in huge numbers and the destruction such an infestation causes can be major. While it is true that most moths are attracted to light, certain types of moths like the common clothes moths like to nest in dark and dingy places. Other than that, all moths lay eggs and hatch them in dark places as well.
The moths are commonly found in the backside of closets and pantries, where they mate and lay eggs. Clothes moths are specifically attracted to fabrics like wool, fur and even silk and leather. They feed on these clothes and more often than not damage them by chewing holes in them. They also leave behind their waste in the closet and the areas around. These moths also chew on the carpets and curtains around the house.
Other type of moths, the food moths, are very attracted to stored food grains as well as packaged and processed foodstuff. All types of moth eggs, upon hatching, produce small moth larvae. These larvae are very destructive as they contaminate the food and the area around with faeces, cocoons, and web-like material.
Some instances about such moth infestations have been listed below.
Revenge of the clothes moths: as numbers boom, can they be stopped?
When Janine Christley moved into her new house, she thought buying woollen carpets would be the sustainable option. She had the stairs and two floors of her cottage carpeted, at a cost of thousands of pounds. Then the moths moved in.
She first noticed them about four years ago, just a few at first. But then they started devouring the carpets, creating big bare patches. Gradually, Christley has had to rip them up and replace them with synthetic carpet. “I’ve still got woollen carpet in my room and the front room, but there are big holes where they’ve eaten it away,” she says. To a family of moths, it turns out, a wool-carpeted house is essentially an all-you-can-eat restaurant.
“Of course, they’re into clothes as well,” she says. They have eaten woollen jackets and gorged on the bags of wool she keeps for felting projects – as well as the finished works themselves.
Irish homes struggle to manage moth invasion as insects wreak havoc
Moth infestations across Ireland have more than QUADRUPLED, as householders and business owners struggle to cope with an invasion of the winged insects.
The lengthy lockdown, coupled with unseasonable spring weather, have created ideal breeding conditions for moths and sparked a huge surge in numbers.
According to pest control experts, carpet moths in particular have been wreaking havoc and causing irreparable damage, leaving beleaguered homeowners and business owners with hefty bills.
Trevor Hayden, who runs nationwide company ‘Complete Pest Control’, said: “Moths are something we’ve always dealt with in the past, but in small numbers. However, the numbers have exploded over the past few months. We’re now getting up to 20 calls a day about moth infestations, whereas previously we’d only have got about three to four calls at the very most. So we’re probably doing four to five times as many moth jobs as we would normally at the moment.
“In many cases the infestations have been in buildings like offices, restaurants or other commercial premises which haven’t been in use during the lockdown, but which people are now starting to open up again or clean up ahead of restrictions being eased.
“Carpet moths have thrived since we first went into lockdown, because they find their way into empty buildings and unused indoor spaces. Once things get back to normal, I’m sure their numbers will go right back down again.
“Although these pests don’t bite, the infestations are likely to end up costing a fortune, because their larvae will destroy carpets, curtains and upholstery, all which will need to be replaced.”
Aside from the rise in cases of moth infestations, rats remain the biggest headache for homeowners.
Town of Oakville taking action to control gypsy moth infestation
Based on population surveys conducted in 2020, Oakville faces extreme levels of gypsy moth infestation this year that could affect 102 hectares (252 acres) of town woodlands and result in a significant loss of trees if no action is taken.
“The town’s tree canopy is one of our greatest assets,” said Mayor Burton. “Oakville and our neighbouring municipalities successfully conducted aerial sprays in targeted areas in 2008 and 2018. We will continue to protect our urban forest from these damaging invasive insects before they cause irreparable damage.”
Gypsy moth is a non-native insect that is considered a major destructive pest in North America. These insects can be a concern because the larvae (or caterpillar stage) feed voraciously, mostly on the leaves of leafy trees such as oak. When populations are high, they can eat all the leaves on a tree in a short amount of time. When leaves are lost in successive years, trees can die.
Various pest control methods have been tried to stop the menace caused by these insects. But these methods have not offered any fool proof and long lasting method to combat the nuisance of these pests.
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The product temporarily blocks the reproduction system of the insects by hindering the release of the vital hormones for growth.
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Termirepel™ wood polish additive can be mixed with the wood polish and applied on the wooden surfaces like the closets, pantries, bookshelves, wardrobes, and other furnitures, etc.
The product available in the form of liquid concentrate can be mixed in paints in a predetermined ratio and be applied on the interior and exterior of the buildings and structures to keep the moths and moth larvae away from these places.
Our product in the lacquer form can be applied topically to the applications. The lacquer is compatible with the surfaces wood, concrete, metal, polymer, ceramic, cables, wires which are already installed, etc. The lacquer can be applied on the cupboards, shelves, wardrobes, installed wires, and cables, etc. thus protecting it from damage. The product is also effective against other pests thus protecting the trees from other pest attacks.
Termirepel™ is available in the form of the masterbatch, which can be incorporated into polymeric applications like polymeric wires and cables, pipes, etc.
Termirepel™ insect repellent spray can be sprayed on the infected area to repel the pests.
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