Cold Spells = Extended Clothes Moth Damage!

Feb 11, 2012

So the snow’s now reached right across the country and has reached us in Dorset.  The blackbirds behind the offices of Moth Towers are still active as you’ll see in the photo below:


Clothes Moths are still a problem though! Customers calling us are curious about this so we thought we’d explain a little more.  As you’ll no doubt know, moth damage has become a year round problem, especially with central heating in most homes through the UK.  Moth larvae hate cold and draughts, but a small drop in the internal temperature in your house will only slow down the development of moths. Practically what that means is that the larval stage extends before the larvae pupate in getting ready to emerge as adult moths.  It is the larvae that eat natural fibres and cause damage, so all a small drop in temperature is likely to do is extend this destructive phase.


When the temperature rises, the development cycles of clothes (and food & carpet) moths quickens leading to up four breeding and development cycles through the year – it is the presence of adult moths that alerts many to the issue, although given they are much smaller than other common moths and prefer dark, undisturbed locations to lay their eggs they may not be so easy to spot – hence our recommendation to use moth traps to both monitor for moth activity and break the breeding cycle – prevention is better than cure!

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