Moth Infestation – HELP please

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17:05 PM, 1st May 2016
About 2 years ago

Moth Infestation – HELP please

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Moth Infestation – HELP please

Our town house in London has been invaded by moths. It has woolen carpets throughout and the tenants have some woolen garments, but the place is always immaculately clean.moth

When Moths appeared our Agents had a local pest control Company fumigate the property on two occasions, but the moths remained!

A national Company will solve the issue for huge money, but no guarantee, and we are now advised to replace all our woolen carpets with synthetic ones. There are sprays galore available that are either the absolute answer or a complete waste of time, and we are becoming more cynical and confused -HELP!

Many thanks

Richard



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Puzzler

16:54 PM, 3rd May 2016
About 2 years ago

Once they're in, they're in, sadly you have to get rid of the carpets.

Mike Tighe

20:14 PM, 3rd May 2016
About 2 years ago

I had this problem in an old damp house in the country (not tenanted !) for years and tried all sorts of so called cures. The only thing that worked for me was' Insectrol', an aerosol spray made by Rentokil and available at on-line stores, like Robert Dyas etc
I bought it in packs of five and kept one at the ready in several rooms. Every time I saw even one moth I sprayed the room thoroughly and closed the door for a couple of hours. After a couple of months they never came back, although we are ever vigilant. If your tenants are willing to try this it may work. Putting clothes in the freezer for a few days kills eggs and having the carpets cleaned will help to remove eggs. Is there any chance the house has wool based roof or under floor insulation ? this is supposed to be treated against insect attack but I have heard of houses being infested inside the insulation - I think the early versions of wool insulation were perhaps less well treated.

Michael Barnes

22:58 PM, 4th May 2016
About 2 years ago

Are you sure it is moths and not carpet beetles?

Permethrin based insecticide is what I have found effective.

I buy from Go Outdoors.


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