Moth control

If you have a moth infestation and need moth control and moth prevention services, we can help. Carpet moths and clothes moths are common and can cause a considerable amount of damage. Valley Pest Control offers effective pest control services to treat a moth infestation and prevent moths returning. Our affordable moth control, removal and proofing services are available to customers throughout Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset including Exeter, Bath and Bristol. To find out if we cover your area click here. To book a technician for moth control and moth prevention contact us for a fast and reliable service.

Have I got a moth infestation?

If you notice moth damage to your clothes and curtains, or your carpet is gradually eroding away, it is likely that you have a moth infestation. You may have noticed a few moths in your house and think it is not a problem, however, closer inspection can often reveal that your moth problem may be worse than you initially realised. Valley Pest Control provides comprehensive moth control and removal services in Devon and throughout the South West.

What Causes a Moth Infestation?

Moths can easily enter your home by flying in through open windows or doors. Damage occurs when moths lay eggs and the resulting larvae feeds on items within the home. Depending on the species of moth, they will consume household items and furnishings, such as fabrics, including clothes and carpets, and foodstuffs.

How to get rid of moths?

There are a variety of preventative measures you can take to prevent moth infestations from occurring. Storing food in airtight containers will prevent moths from invading larders and food cupboards. Regular cleaning and shaking of closet stored clothing is a useful exercise, dislodging larvae, thus, minimising the risk of your wardrobe becoming infested. Additionally, if you are experiencing a moth infestation, regular vacuuming will help clean up any larvae lurking in your carpets. There are various natural and chemical moth deterrents readily available in shops and on the internet. However, if your moth invasion is particularly bad then Valley Pest Control are here to help.

Professional Moth Pest Control and Removal in the South West

If your moth infestation has reached advanced stages, then call the experts here at Valley Pest Control for professional moth pest control and removal services. We cover the whole of the South West, so whether you are looking for professional moth pest control in Exeter, Newquay, Torbay or Wellington, we can help. We have regional pest control staff covering Devon, Somerset, Cornwall, Dorset and Avon, so we react quickly to all call outs.

Common Moth Species

(Hofmannophila pseudospretella)

PEST NAME : BROWN HOUSE MOTH (Hofmannophila pseudospretella)

SIZE, SHAPE AND COLOUR : 8mm. Uniformly shiny gold flecked with dark brown, noticeable fringe of hairs on wing tips when at rest.

BIOLOGY :  Single eggs laid singly. Larvae hatch 10 to 40 days depending on temperature. Larvae feed and moult for 2 to 5 months. Pupae formed and hatches in 2 to 8 weeks.

PREFERRED FOODS :  Dry vegetable matter, cereal products.

HABITAT : Sometimes encountered in warehousing, flour and provender mills, cereal processing.

brown house moth

WHITE – SHOULDERED HOUSE MOTH (Endrosis sarcitrella L)

(Endrosis sarcitrella L)

SIZE, SHAPE AND COLOUR :  7 to 9mm. Pale gold wings flecked with dark brown, fine fringes of hairs at wing tips, antennae usually held tucked along body, very distinctive white head and shoulders.

BIOLOGY : 200 eggs laid in groups in vicinity of larval food material. 7 to 25 days eggs hatch at preferred temperature of 30oc. Larvae reach full size in 5 months and migrate away to pupate in silk tunnels often amongst food material and sometimes on walls and in the fabric of the building. The adult moths hatch some 5 weeks later and live a further 2 to 3 weeks.

PREFERRED FOODS :  Any stored cereal foodstuff and commonly in material originating from birds’ nests.

HABITAT :  Ships holds, food warehouses, especially provender mills when not kept clean.  Are associated with poor hygiene when found.

white shouldered moth

(Ephestia elutella)


SIZE, SHAPE AND COLOUR : 14 to 16mm long with a wingspan of 14 to 17mm. Grey, brow-grey sometimes banded. Larvae 10 to 15mm.

BIOLOGY : 100 to 200 eggs laid in clusters over a two week period, larvae hatch 10 to 14 days later, penetrate food covering it with webbing tent. Larvae moult 5 to 6 times and then migrate away to pupate usually at wall and wall/ceiling junctions and at right angles within a machine or on its superstructure. Total development taking 82 to 206 days depending on temperature. Peak July.

PREFERRED FOODS : Grain, nuts, cocoa beans, tobacco, herbs, dried fruits, flour.

HABITAT : Common in UK, found in food storage warehouses, cocoa processing/Chocolate manufacturing and tobacco factories.

warehouse moth



SIZE, SHAPE AND COLOUR : 12 to 18mm. Dull grey brown upper forewing, straight dark inner band has pale bank along inner edge.

BIOLOGY : 350 eggs laid during adults first four days following emergence. Eggs hatch 3 to 17 days later. At 25oc they develop fully in 25 days. Larvae migrate away to pupate and attach themselves to wall junctions away from light. They diapause as larvae until pupation in May of the following year.

PREFERRED FOODS : Attacks all stored commodities except tobacco and animal products, prefer dried fruits, nuts, oilseeds and chocolate products.

HABITAT : Imported into the UK in raw materials. Found in warehousing.

tropical warehouse moth

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