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Having a problem with Moths? Are moths eating your carpets, upholstery or clothes?

Updated: Mar 17, 2023

PGM & SON; Having a problem with Moths? Are moths eating your carpets, upholstery or clothes?

Did you know there are around 2,500 types of moth recorded in the UK and only a small number cause a nuisance by damaging fabrics and textiles in homes and businesses?

This week we’re looking at the rise in moth problems, why this might be, what you can do to try to prevent a moth problem and what you should do if you find you have a moth infestation.

Like most other pest controllers, at PGM & Son Pest Control Hereford and Worcester, we’ve also noticed a rise in moth problems. This is likely to be a combination of factors, including:

  • The return to use of natural fibres – people are using less man-made products due to their impact on the environment. Whereas in the 1970s moths were much less a problem due to the use of polyester and nylon products

  • Globalisation – more frequent travel and import of goods from around the world increases the transport of pests

  • Less use of central heating due to concerns over the economy improves conditions for the brown house moth whereas an improved climate is also better for the common clothes moth

How do you know if you have a moth problem?

  • The main indicator will, unfortunately, be damage to fabrics and textiles, such as holes in clothes, carpets, rugs, curtains etc.

  • Other indicators include small maggot like larvae, silken cases in which the larvae live, pupae (the silk cocoons from which the adults will eventually emerge)

  • You may also see the adult winged moths although they tend to crawl rather than fly

  • What can you do to try and prevent a moth infestation?

8 practical measures you can take to prevent a moth infestation

  1. Deny entry to the property by use of fly screens, curtains and sealed doors.

  2. Keep rarely used fabrics and textiles in sealed plastic bags (time to store the wedding dress!) or suitcases.

  3. Regularly clean your natural fibre clothes by shaking them thoroughly, washing them on the highest temperature the manufacturers’ guidelines will allow or (certainly for silk products) freezing them.

  4. Hoover regularly – make sure to reach all those hard to reach or hidden areas such as underneath the sofa and beds. Removing moth eggs before they hatch is key.

  5. Check your loft for birds’ nests and remove them as moths are attracted to nests.

  6. Use moth repellents, for example, hang mothballs in your wardrobes, cupboards and drawers.

  7. Ensure your vintage clothes are properly dry cleaned.

  8. Keep an eye out for signs of moths – early intervention is always key.


If you’ve spotted the sign of a moth infestation, give us a call at PGM & SON Moth Control Hereford. We’ll deal with your moth problem for you. Call us on 01981 241 334 or 07964 370480. Or, drop us an email at

PGM & SON; The Rise of the Moth

PGM & SON Pest Control is a local Hereford based family run pest control firm.

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