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The Surprising Truth About Clothes Moths - And How to Get Rid of Them

The Surprising Truth About Clothes Moths - And How to Get Rid of Them

Are moths eating your clothes and upholstery?

The National Trust recently reported a 39% decrease in clothes moth following on from a bumper year in 2021 when there was a 18% rise.

Clothes moth can cause significant damage to upholstery, carpets, woollen and silk objects. These are items that are prevalent in stately homes which is why National Trust properties tend to experience this insect pest more than others.

The National Trust has speculated on the reasons for this reduction in activity as being either climate related or natural correction and an increased effort by the house staff teannms to monitor and control infestations.

It seems that increased monitoring and control appears to be the most likely reason for this reduction in activity which shows that keeping vigilant, taking action and following professional pest control advice is key.


There are around 2,500 species of moth in the UK, and most of these are considered harmless.

How do you know if you have a moth problem?

The first sign will usually be an adult insect moth flying around your house or business premises.

Other signs are damage to carpets, curtains and fabrics.

Holes in clothes particularly natural fibres such as wool, silk and cashmere.

You might see moth eggs and larvae on clothing and textiles. Or tubular case trails from the larvae on textiles.

6 Practical things you can do to prevent clothes moths

  1. Washing clothes and bedding thoroughly before you put them away - clothes moths are attracted to perspiration and food stains.

  2. Ventilate your wardrobe.

  3. Brush any clothes made of wool or fur after you wear them outside.

  4. Wash your clothes and belongings before you store them away for long periods of time, preferably in airtight containers or plastic garment bags.

  5. Store clothing and other belongings in dry areas.

  6. Frequently vacuum and clean carpets or rugs, particularly in the corners and crevices.

If you are having a problem with moths it’s best to call in the professional pest controllers as they have access to solutions not available to the general public.

Did you know that the clothes moth eats upholstery too?

Yes, that's correct! Clothes moths not only damage clothing and textiles but can also feed on upholstery, curtains, and other home furnishings made from natural fibers such as wool, silk, and cotton.

It's important to identify and eliminate clothes moths as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your belongings.

Are pests are eating your carpets or rugs? At PGM & SON Moth Control Hereford and Worcester we provide guidance and advice to clients on staying moth free.

For information on our carpet moth services, please go to our website:

For further information, or if you would like us to quote for our moth control service, please contact us on 01981 540088 or email us at


Pest infestations can be a real nuisance and can cause serious health problems and property damage. Fortunately, our reliable pest control services available in Hereford and Worcester that can help you get rid of all kinds of pests, such as rodents, insects, and birds.

Whether you're dealing with a rat problem in your loft or a wasp nest in your garden, our award winning PGM & SON professional pest control technicians can identify and eliminate the source of the problem and provide you with long-term solutions to prevent future infestations.

Don't let pests take over your home or business - call your local pest control experts today!

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