Moths-The Winged Invaders!

Have you ever found holes in your sweaters? The reason behind this damage might be the hungry moth larvae! These creatures may seem harmless but they can cause you a serious economic loss as well as some harmful effects on your health. You might be thinking about how they will cause you a serious loss on finances? But these pesky critters can be found anywhere at your home. They invade every stored food item in the kitchen, clothes in the wardrobe, and even your upholstered furniture. Basically, they will damage the entire house collection through a chain reaction!

Before it gets out of hand, you’ll want to deal with the situation. But it’s important to first understand the root of the problem in order to remove those invaders from your home; you need to know about them!

Moths are flying insects having their wings covered with tiny wing scales. They are in dull colors such as grey or brown. Unlike other insects, they are attracted to light. There are around 1, 60,000 species of moths but the most common invaders are pantry moths and fabric moths.

The pantry moths can also be called Indian meal moths. They lay their eggs in stored food and feed on stored food products in the kitchen. Grain products, such as maize, cereals, cornmeal, rice, and nuts, are their favorite foods, but they can also infest birdseed, pet food, dried pasta, and dried fruit. The larvae of this species have the capacity to bite through plastic and cardboard in order to infest and they even attack the sealed containers.

The fabric moths or The Webbing Clothes Moths are attracted to fabrics. Their infestation mostly takes place near the cloth storage where they can easily eat the fabric in a dark place. Another reason for infestation is their baby larvae require keratin for growth which can be easily found in natural fibers. Adult moths lay plenty of eggs on clothes where larvae will have proper nourishment. Just imagine caterpillar chomping holes into the leaves of your favorite plant. This is analogous to how your precious clothes are damaged by those pesky critters.

Many individuals believe that when it comes to invasion, the adult moths are the culprits. But that is not the case!

Usually, adult moths do not consume anything but their larvae invade the house to consume required nutrition. They lay their eggs in clothing or food items and where their eggs get hatched their larvae destroy everything by eating those items. Thus, these insects are known as destructive creatures.

Let’s have a look at some pieces of evidence!

Moth invasion: why Australian homes are being plagued by ‘out of control’ flying insects after a sweltering summer

Daily Mail | April 26, 2019

A pantry moth invasion brought on by this year’s sweltering summer is plaguing Australian homes.

One expert from the south Australian research and development institute said the recent hot spell is sparking an explosion in their population. ‘The warmer weather means they develop faster and this may be why they appear more prevalent,’ said Dr. Peter Taverner in the Adelaide. 

Residents have been battling a particularly strong infestation in the cupboards of their kitchens.

One mother, Clair Kolokas, said: ‘i keep thinking surely I’ve got them all, and the next morning they’re back.’

‘I have gone through the entire cupboard, and my children are scared to open it in case one flies out into their face,’ she said. 

A swarm of moths is invading Britain’s homes after “perfect” breeding weather this summer

The Sun | October 06, 2018

People have been warned to take care of their favorite knits as the pests chomp their way through our favorite jumpers and cardigans this autumn. Millions of homes are expected to affect by the swarm as temperatures plummet. Moths are attracted to wool and natural fibers such as cashmere, tweed, sheepskin, and fur and leave unsightly holes behind.

The clothes moths, called Tineola Bisselliella, are not like others which are drawn to light and prefer ‘dark and warm’ habitats, like the bottom of a chest of drawers or wardrobes. Bosses at clean kill pest control said the hot summer caused the moths to spiral out of control with the number of call-outs for infestations rocketing. Boss paul bates said: “high heat and humidity have been good for moth breeding, but now as the temperature starts to drop, people are opening drawers and cupboards that to find that their best woolen jumpers are full of holes.

“After the adult moth has laid her eggs on the threads of clothes, the larvae hatch out at anywhere between four and 21 days, depending on the temperature. “the newly hatched larvae are about 1mm long and will start to spin a small, silken tube, using some of the fibers of the fabric they are eating.” he added: “they will eat from many sources including furs, woolens, animal bristles on brushes and even the felt inside pianos. “In loft spaces, they can infest old stored clothing, carpets natural fiber insulation, and even bird feathers.”

As we know “An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure!”  The most common methods to repel these creatures are Mothballs and Cedar Blocks. Mothballs have been used for years but they are dangerous for humans and other animals if they are chewed or eaten. Mothball contains Naphthalene which is carcinogenic. It may cause you health effects like damage to blood cells, headache, nausea, eye, and nose irritation, and coughing. Also, mothballs are only effective when used in sealed containers so they would not be effective on rugs or carpets. On the other hand, cedar block may kill the larvae but they are ineffective against adult moths. As a result, the adult moths keep laying eggs and destruction will go on.

Well, CTech Corporation offers a solution to overcome this invasion.

TermirepelTM is an insect aversive that is extremely low-toxic, extremely low-hazardous, and environmentally safe. It can be successfully used to keep the winged invaders away!

TermirepelTM works on repellency mechanism such that it will not kill the target species but only repel them.

The product available in masterbatch form can be used with many polymeric applications. The product in form of liquid concentrate can be added with paint and can be applied in kitchen and food storage areas. The lacquer and wood polish additive can be applied directly on wardrobes or other storage cabinets where moth infestation is higher. The spray can be used directly to any packed food item or any infested surface to keep these creatures away.

TermirepelTM is the first ever to be EU-BPR approved product. Also, it is compliant with RoHS, REACH, NEA, APVMA, and FIFRA exempted.

By using TermirepelTM you will get an effective solution against these pesky critters causing no harm to the environment.

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