Southwest Gresham is a highly desirable, family neighborhood with nearly 10 thousand residents. This community is replete with school-aged children and young families. Halloween, school plays, and community events will often see these residents of this area in full, celebratory regalia, i.e., costumes. Nothing can destroy a costume collection (as well as fine wool and silk fabrics) like a moth infestation.
If you are finding damage to your clothing or linen, there are a few signs to observe to identify if moths are causing it. First, check to see what material it is since moth larvae will usually trend towards eating wool and silk. Secondly, the damage will look like small round holes in the fabric and has often been described as looking like a cigarette burn. However, the moths that you may see flying around your home are not what is causing the damage. It is when the moths are in their larval stage that they are feeding on wool, silk, and other materials in preparation for the cocoon stage. They will wrap themselves in the cocoon and then emerge as adult moths within a couple of weeks.
Common moth prevention plans consist of mothballs and/or cedar chips and while these items work well as a repellent for adult moths, it is important to note that they do not have an effect on what is actually causing the damage (the larvae).
Wildwoods Pest Control can take care of any pest problem, including moths. We employ an approach to pest control called “Integrated Pest Management,” we believe that each home should be treated differently because each home is unique. Gresham’s many varied neighborhoods each have specific needs and vulnerabilities. Wildwoods has served Gresham area communities for several years and can create timely and effective solutions to all your wildlife and pest control issues.
IMG SRC: Patrick Clement
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