Be Prepared – The Weather’s Turned!

Jul 24, 2012

As we leave behind us (we hope!) the wet first half of the summer and head into dryer, warmer weather in time for the Olympic Games, moths will be seen in out force.

The humidity was 20 degrees higher than normal over the last 3 months due to the exceptional rainfall and the now notorious ‘jet-stream’ effect.  What that means for moths is that the larvae have had ideal feeding conditions – they do not drink, but absorb moisture through their food sources, namely your clothes and carpets!  Left unchecked in darker and undisturbed places such as under furniture and deep in drawers and wardrobes, moth larvae will cause untold damage.

Now the weather has turned and the heat forecast to notch up 10 degrees Celsius in little over a week, this will trigger a rush to pupate, as it did with the unseasonably hot fortnight back in March, which ‘kicked-off’ the adult moth season earlier than normal.  So, expect another wave of adult moths emerging in the coming weeks.

Whilst the adults are relatively harmless in their own right, with mated adult female moths laying between 100 and 400 eggs in their short 2 month adult life, be prepared for the next generation to arrive in a month or two’s time – perfect for larvae surviving through the winter and carrying on their destructive activities.

So, what is to be done? Our advice to customers is threefold:

  1. Maintain your cleaning routines – in particular, check under furniture and vacuum thoroughly, including along all skirting boards, under sofas and along skirting boards; check over your winter clothing in storage for the summer, particularly your best coats and knitwear – consider dry cleaning or freezing and replace in storage with moth deterrents.
  2. Keep your moth deterrents current, especially moth traps and wardrobe / drawers protection
  3. Be vigilant! Adult moths tend to fly at night when you are asleep – being aware of the tell-tale signs is critical – look out for the larvae (often like small grains of rice) and their silken trails or cases with some varieties. Check over your dried foods for evidence of Food Moths and consider pantry moth traps if you have problems in the kitchen

We’re here to help – do not hesitate to be in touch if you need advice on dealing with moth problems in the home!

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