Welcome again to the faith pest control podcast. I’m your host, Mike Stewart. And as a public service to the fine folks all around Jasper Ellijay, Blue Ridge, Georgia, anywhere pretty much anywhere in the north Georgia mountains. You got to pass problem my guest today Fred Talley is the pest expert to keep you pest free. You know, I always look forward to the subject that Fred has to talk about So today he’s going to be talking about those clothes moths, So Fred Why don’t you tell us about this what what you know what’s going on with them? Why are they bad? What can we do about them to keep them out of our homes?
All right, Mikey. Well, the clothes moths in the case making clothes monitor or but we would consider occasional fabric pests. And although the adults are attracted to light clothes mothss or not, they actually try to hide when disturbed. The larva of the clothes mall spin little silken webs, which maybe could be the only sign that you know that they’re even there. In years past, past, sheep were treated fairly harshly with or treated with fairly harsh insecticides to protect their wool coat from in their in them their skin from external parasites. And consequently this treatment process would supply the end user with a with an insect resistant wall. However, you know, newly produced woolen items are susceptible to close moth infestation because these persistent insecticides are no longer used on sheep. And a heavy reliance on synthetic fibers has also contributed to the decline of the clothes moths problem. But your finer clothing is is not is made with wool fabric not not necessarily synthetics. The webbing clothes moths is probably the most common fabric moths and the adults are kind of a goldenish color with reddish golden hair on their head. Like I said earlier, the adults are not attracted lights are usually found fairly close to the source of the infestation such as in the dark areas of closets in the corners and stuff. The females can lay an average of 40 to 50 eggs over a period of two or three weeks and then they die. Once their egg laying has been completed, they will die. Adult males outlive the females and continue mating throughout their life. The eggs are attached to threads of fabric with a type of adhesive secretion. in warm weather the eggs will hatch and say four to 10 days. The larvae will molt in five to 41 days depending on indoor temperature and the types of food available. Now this is significant. The larvae because the larvae are the ones that actually do the damage to the clothes it’s not the adults, the larvae, the larval period can last from 35 days up to two and a half years. They will spin webbing is they feed on your clothes the fabric of your clothes in may partially enclosed themselves in a webbing cover or they call a feeding tube. The feeding tubes are usually extended along floor cracks like beneath carpet. excrement from the women clothes mall may contain dyes from the from the call fibers that they’re consuming. Therefore, the color of the fabric that they’re infesting would be a clue so you’ll know where to go find them. The same color will appear as a median strip to the outer parts the larva. Heated buildings can allow the webbing clothes moths to pass through their life stages more rapidly during the winter months. The larva This is key the larva feed on wool clothing, carpets, rugs, upholstered furniture, furs stored wool some fine artists brushes are made with wolves or animal bristles. I’ve found them in there before as well. They will eat something synthetics especially if blended with wool. In the damage normally will appear in a hidden hidden locations such as under collars are cuffs of clothing. In in the crevices of upholstered furniture around the piping, that kind of stuff. And in areas of carpet that are covered by furniture, fabric, stained by foods and or perspiration, actually are more subject to damage. And another of the closed mouths is called the case making clothes mouth. They’re pretty much the same, roughly the same size and similar in period in appearance to the webbing closed moths and the larvae kill the larvae are both species are fairly identical except that in the case making closed mouth, the larvae always cares a little silk in case with them as they feed they they never leave this silken tube, but they enlarge it as they grow. They will feed from either end of the tube and re retreat into the tube when disturbed so that I guess is their safe place. This case will take on the color of the fabric that the larvae are feeding on. The case making clothes mouth is very similar to the wedding webbing clothes moth and their food preferences, meaning the case making clothes moth larvae to like to feed on wool clothing, carpets, rugs, upholstered furniture first stored wool, animal bristles in brushes like the fine artists, brushes and even more felts in a piano. They too will feed on the synthetics, especially if blended with all here at face pest control, we offer a free consultation as well as a 100% make you happy money back guarantee. If you hire faith pest control to get rid of your closed mouth problem, it’s the end of 30 days you’re not hung 100% Happy, we’ll come back and retreat your home for free. We’ll keep on trading it for free, too, until you tell us that you are happy. That still doesn’t make you happy. We’ll give you every penny of your money back that you spent on the original treatment. Plus, we’ll give you an additional $25 Just for your time in trouble for fooling with us. The bottom line is I want you to be happy with the service you provide. We provide or you won’t pay a penny period. This what I’ve said today make sense to you.
Please call Faith’s pest control today at 770-823-9202 and ask to speak to me Fred Talley. I’ll be more than happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have. Well, thank you, Fred. You know, you are the pest expert. And more importantly, you know, knowing what to do and knowing what pests are problems in the north Georgia mountains around Jasper, and all of those locations is a big help to us as consumers. So what we hope you’ll do is you know, share this podcast with your friends. You can get this podcast on Apple, Amazon, Audible, Spotify, anywhere you subscribe to podcast or you can read the transcript at Faith Pest control.com And so until the next time this is Mike Stewart for the faith pest control podcast!