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Budgeting Britain's may inadvertently be feeding a pest boom. Since the economic downturn in 2008, hard-pressed consumers have been holding onto their clothing for longer and purchasing more frugally from second-hand, vintage and charity shops. Over that same time period, Rentokil's treatment of moth infestations have increased by 75% *.
Common clothes moths and their larvae thrive in warm, dark, enclosed environments such as wardrobes. It is the larvae that are responsible for the destruction of beloved items, as they feed on keratin which is found in natural fibres such as cotton, linen, silk and pure wool. Older clothes are typically more susceptibly to moth problems, as moths are attracted by sweat - which can become ingrained in these older garments (even if we can't detect it, moths can).
Bringing second-hand or vintage clothes and furnishings into your home without thorough washing or dry cleaning, can increase the chances of moth larvae or eggs arriving as unwanted accessories. Garments from vintage warehouses and charity shops are at greater risk from moth larvae as clothes from a wide variety of sources are brought together, which can allow moths to cross-infest items.
Colm Moore, Technical Manager, Rentokil Pest Control advises: "Moths are considered a difficult household pest because of the severe damage their larvae can cause to clothes, fabrics, furs, leather and carpets. We recommend regularly checking for moth eggs and removing them before they hatch. While DIY products can help tackle smaller moth problems, a professional pest control service is recommended for larger or repeated moth infestations."
Placing items in a domestic freezer is unlikely to control moth eggs, as these appliances do not have a low enough temperature range to be effective. Delicate items may also be damaged by the formation of ice crystals.
Heat treatment is a practical solution for treating items infested with moths, eggs and larvae. The Entotherm Heat Pod kills all stages of a moths lifecycle through the targeted application of dry heat. This chemical-free remedy reaches all areas of the infested items placed within the unique Rentokil designed Heat Pod. Requiring just a single treatment to eliminate moths, larvae and eggs within fabrics and garments. This portable Rentokil system offers the ease and convenience of treating items within your own property, removing the risk of possible damaged in transit. The chemical-free process also allows treated materials to be re-used straight away, with no residual side affects.
*Rentokil statistics correct as of Feb 2013.