Expert Moth Control Services

Moths are a diverse group of insects, with almost 2,500 different species in the UK. Like butterflies, they vary significantly in size, shape and colour, and it’s not uncommon to find one in your home.

Although most moth species do not cause harm and have remarkable ecological significance, some are considered textile pests. Unfortunately, clothes moths, sometimes called carpet moths, can infest your property and impact the preservation of your clothing, fabrics, carpets and furniture.

Living with them can lead to expensive and irreparable damage to your belongings. Therefore, Countrywide provides moth pest control to all homes and businesses in Newbury and the surrounding areas.

  • 24/7 Moth Control Treatments
  • Protection Against All Textile Pests
  • BPCA-Certified Technicians
  • Discreet and Efficient Service
  • Domestic & Commercial Treatments
  • Prices Starting From £90 + VAT

Protect your home today by calling our team at 0800 078 7255 to book your visit.

What Are Textile Pests?

Textile pests is the name given to insects, such as moths and carpet beetles, that feed on keratin. Keratin is the natural protein found in common textiles of animal origin, including wool, leather, cashmere, fur and silk.

The larvae’s ability to digest this protein means it can damage the natural fibres in carpets, upholstered furniture, clothes and historical artefacts. The most common textile pests we deal with are clothes moths.

  • Clothes Moths 

    There are two main clothes moths; the common clothes moth (Tineola bisselliella) and the case-bearing clothes moth (Tinea pellionella). Common clothes moths are light in colour featuring golden wings, with case-bearing moths noticeably darker and duller in comparison. Both species are approximately 6mm – 7mm in length; however, a key difference is case-bearing moths contain a dark brown spot on their wings. A common question is, how do I know if I have carpet moths or clothes moths? They are actually the same thing, just named differently depending on where they are found in a property.

Pest Control Survey for Common Clothes Moths

Signs You Need Textile Pest Control 

Clothes moth larvae are extremely small and bury themselves deep into the pile of wool carpets. As a result, a textile pest infestation can go undetected for a long time.

Fortunately, understanding what signs to look out for can help minimise property damage and ensure efficient removal.

Evidence of a textile pest infestation includes:

  • Identifying Pest Activity 

    Seeing an increased number of these fabric pests in your home is a definitive sign of a problem. You may notice clothes moths near a window trying to escape or a collection of them nesting behind furniture. You may also identify strange things on your belongings, such as faecal pellets or larvae casings. Although small, they will be contained in certain areas of your property where the infestation is most concentrated.


  • Textile Damage 

    Adult Moths do not eat clothes or fabrics. In fact, it is the larvae that require this sustenance to pupate and grow into adults. These insects will source keratin from all fibrous textiles (rugs, curtains, clothing and carpets) as well as household dust containing pet and human hair or skin cells. Textile damage typically presents as small, irregularly shaped holes, thinning textures and shredded fabrics. To prevent and deter textile pests from thriving in your home, keep materials out of warm, humid conditions and regularly clean and hoover the property.

  • Textile Pest Larvae 

    Moth larvae resemble rice grains and are small, white and only a few millimetres long. These insects favour dark, humid and musty conditions. Therefore, under your couch, in the loft, spare bedrooms, garages and storage facilities are the perfect breeding grounds for moths.

  • Allergies

    Although these pests cannot bite or cause harm to humans, in some cases, individuals are sensitive to hemolymph, which could lead to an allergic reaction. If your allergies are triggered by something unknown, Inspect your bedding, clothes and furniture to see if you can spot any larvae or insects.

Commercial Clothes Moth Pest Control 

Finding moths in your business can be extremely damaging. Not only could textile pest larvae spoil your stock, but they can also dramatically eat into your profits and affect your business reputation.

Damaged stock could lead to product recalls, customer returns and negative word-of-mouth connotations. Moreover, the cost of replacing the merchandise is detrimental to your business’s growth, profits and operational efficiency. So, if you have stock rooms or warehouses that hold a lot of material goods, our commercial pest control Newbury services are available.

Here at Countrywide, our team are experienced in textile insect management services. As a result, we can deliver 24/7 clothes moths and carpet moths control, promising 100% success with discretion. Contact us at 0800 078 7255 to book your efficient and guaranteed pest control treatment. 

Clothes moth commercial pest control services by Countrywide

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Frequently Asked Questions

Our experts have answered some of our most frequently asked questions, so you have the knowledge to tackle your textile pest problem strategically.

How to get rid of moths?

Our comprehensive service consists of 3 main steps;

  1. Investigation: First, we will trace the source of the infestation to ensure we target all insects in all life forms. In some cases, textile pests are found in pet beds and loft insulation, so our team of specialists will also investigate these areas.
  2. Treatment: Next, we will implement an insecticide treatment on the infected spaces. We use a mixture of both residual and ULV insecticide applications to tackle all eggs, larvae, pupae and moths. Our team are highly experienced in these treatments, and we will take great care in using the correct products for the application to prevent staining or contamination of soft furnishings.
  3. Removal: Finally, once the treatment has taken effect, our technicians will remove the deceased insects from your property.

Suspect you have clothes moths or carpet moths in your home? Book your textile pest control visit today. 

What do moth eggs look like on clothes?

Clothes moth eggs are tricky to spot. They are white, oval-shaped and measure approximately 0.5mm long. Unfortunately, they can blend into fabrics, which is why regular clothing and furniture inspections are crucial to identify a pest problem early.

How to prevent textile pests?

As these pests thrive in undisturbed areas that are warm and humid, thoroughly cleaning your property will help to control an infestation. Regularly vacuum carpets, rugs, and upholstered furniture to remove debris, eggs, and larvae. Remember to pay attention to hidden and less frequently cleaned areas.

You can also try natural moth repellents such as cedar balls, dried lemon peels, and lavender sachets in storage areas to keep pests away.

How do carpet moths get in your house?

Carpet moths and clothes moths can enter your home through infested items, such as second-hand clothing, furniture, or antiques. Eggs or larvae may be present on these items, leading to an infestation when introduced into your living space. Additionally, tiny eggs can be found on your pets’ fur and brought into the home.