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Invasion: Lepidopterologists and pest controllers believe that more than three million homes in the UK have been affected by moths this year alone

Clothing-eating moths invade homes in the UK after the population triples in five years 'time due to trends for low-temperature washing cycles and natural fibers'.

  • The moth population in Britain has tripled in the last five years – and continues to grow
  • It is thought that millions of precious clothing was destroyed by the vermin
  • Is your house destroyed by moths? Send images: sam.blanchard@mailonline.co.uk
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Moths invade homes in Britain, especially in London and the southeast.

Data show a significant population tree among textile-loving insects, which destroy natural substances with their larvae, which feed on proteins in natural materials.

Together, lepidopterologists – scientists studying moths and butterflies – and pest control companies believe that more than three million homes have been affected this year alone.

It is even worse that homeowners are to blame for embracing the trend for natural fibers and low-temperature car washes.

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Invasion: Lepidopterologists and pest controllers believe that more than three million homes in the UK have been affected by moths this year alone

Invasion: Lepidopterologists and pest controllers believe that more than three million homes in the UK have been affected by moths this year alone

WHY HAPPENS THIS?

Rentokil says that the demand for their moth-deterring service has grown by 60 percent since 2014.

They blame a combination of warmer weather, a decrease in household cleanliness and environmentally-friendly approaches to washing machine cycles, where items are rinsed in 30C waters.

Although better for the environment, this unintentionally causes engine eggs to grow and hatch, further strengthening the population.

Moth larvae are only killed if they are washed in water that is heated above 55 ° C.

Rentokil says in particular that the demand for their moth deterrent service has grown by 60 percent since 2014.

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They blame a combination of warmer weather, a decrease in household cleanliness and environmentally-friendly approaches to washing machine cycles, where items are rinsed in 30C waters.

Although better for the environment, this unintentionally causes engine eggs to grow and hatch, further strengthening the population.

Moth larvae are only killed if they are washed in water that is heated above 55 ° C.

& # 39; Changing climate is almost certainly a contributing factor & # 39 ;, David Cross of Rentokil told The Times.

& # 39; With milder winters and warmer summers that prolong their favorable breeding conditions, the insects can produce three generations a year. & # 39;

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The problem first came to light when English Heritage complained about pests in their countless historical traits.

They installed moth traps and found a 216 percent increase in trapped moths between 2012 and 2016.

& # 39; We knew the number increased in National Trust and English Heritage homes because we have regular monitoring programs, & # 39; said David Pinniger, an entomologist, to The Guardian.

Experts advise a number of ways to combat pests, such as vacuum packaging of clothes, storing risky items in the freezer and buying mothballs

Experts advise a number of ways to combat pests, such as vacuum packaging of clothes, storing risky items in the freezer and buying mothballs

Experts advise a number of ways to combat pests, such as vacuum packaging of clothes, storing risky items in the freezer and buying mothballs

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& # 39; But we also have a lot of anecdotal evidence that many households have also seen a huge increase. Operation Clothes Moth [handing out traps to visitors to place at home and reporting] showed that it was widespread than we probably thought. & # 39;

Experts recommend a number of ways to combat pests, such as vacuum packaging of clothes, storing risky items in the freezer and buying mothballs.

Well-ventilated spaces also do better because they discourage occupancy.

That said, the vast majority of moths are harmless. There are 2500 species in the UK and only two cause problems: the Case-bearing clothing moth and the ordinary clothing moth.

The caterpillar of the former hides in a portable suitcase as it feeds, while those of the latter feed from thin white silk tubes that sometimes form a mat that covers multiple caterpillars and can be quite striking, according to Butterfly Conservation.

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Both species evolved into bird or animal nests and only eat fibers of animal origin such as wool, fur and feathers. They more often attack clothing or carpets that are dirty and in dark, damp, undisturbed places such as benches and beds.

HOW DO YOU STOP MOTHS INFESTING YOUR HOME?

English Heritage has prepared a guide to stop moth infestations based on 20 years of experience in protecting historical collections against insect pests.

The best tips for preventing clothing moth infections are:

– Check for moths in the folds, folds and behind clothing labels

– Keep your items in vacuum bags to prevent clothing moths from reaching them

– Remove items from the cupboard and shake them well at least once a month to disturb the moths

– In the absence of this, clean your wardrobes of clothing that you do not wear regularly

– Moths hide in dark and hidden areas, so vacuum every corner and hole, including inside cupboards, when cleaning the house

– Do not buy second-hand furniture, clothing and upholstery, as these may contain moths or their larvae

– Moths like warm rooms: switch off the radiators in your house when it gets hot in the summer and open all windows regularly to circulate air

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