Moth And Mole

Moth And Mole

March 9, 2018 Off By Ryan Filipsons

Moth Pest Control

The common Clothes Moth (Tineola Bisselliella)

Moth Facts

  • Moths are only destructive at the larvae stage.
  • Adult moths do not feed. They mate, lay eggs and die.
  • Moth larvae feed on feathers, fur, wool, hair, link, leather, paper and dust. They can also eat linen, cotton, synthetic fibres and silk.
  • They particular like dirty fabrics (e.g. sweat, urine, beverage stains, hair oil etc.)
  • The larvae are yellowish white in colour with a brown head, measuring 1cm in length when fully grown.
  • Clothing moths and their larvae prefer dark or dimly lit areas
  • Moth Biology
  • Moth eggs hatch into larvae which begin to feed. Once full, they “pupate” and transform into adult moths. Adult moths do not need to eat. Males and females mate and the female lays her eggs. Once this is done, both sexes die.
  • The eggs attach with a cement like substance that is difficult to remove. A female may lay several hundred eggs in her life. In ideal conditions, a larvae will spin a cacoon after two months of feeding. But, if food is scarce, it may be two years before it is able to transform.

Mole Pest Control

  • Moles primarily eat worms. They require around 200 a day to survive.
  • A mole can produce between 1 and 2 mole hills per day
  • Each hill contains 5 litres of soil
  • Moles can dig 18ft of tunnels per hour
  • They can travel through existing tunnels at 80ft per minute
  • Mole Breeding
  • The mole’s breeding season is from February to June each year and litters of young (typically around 6) will leave the nest at 5 weeks old.

Moles as Pests

  • Moles cause damage the roots of plants causing them to die
  • Mole hills can cause severe damage to lawn morrows and agricultural machinery
  • Mole hills can disrupt sporting venues, such as football pitches
  • They can contaminate silage with soil making it unpalatable to livestock
  • Moles can damage drainage systems and watercourses
  • Mole population management
  • Hawk Force provide a mole trapping service which is a quick and effective way to remove moles from problem areas.