traps attract and catch male webbing clothes moths (Tineola
bisselliella), a serious pest whose larvae feed on wool, hair,
feathers, fur and wool-containing carpets and upholstery.
The attractant is a synthesised form of the sex pheromone given
out by the female moth to attract the male for mating. The trap is a cardboard strip folded into a wedge shape - the
inside surfaces are coated with a non-toxic glue which catches and holds
any insect blundering onto it.
assemble the traps
individual traps from the strip of three as they are supplied.
the trap into its wedge-shape along the perforated fold lines.
protective paper to expose the sticky surface, fold into its wedge
shape and fix by adhering the "Do not touch" flap over the
required, remove narrow protective paper strip from under the base
to expose the sticky surface. Warning:
the adhesive is very strong and may damage delicate surfaces if
stuck to them.
lure should be removed from the foil pack and placed
on the inside sticky surface of the trap.
Room lures are in the white packs and are blue bullet shaped.
not remove the cap off the lure.
lures are in the silver foil packs and are white tabs.
put the pheromone trap
pheromone trap should be placed centrally in the room and on, or near,
the floor. If possible, place them out of draughts and where they will
not be trodden on. Although
there is no exact number of how many traps to use in a given area, a
general guideline is that one room trap will cover a radius of about
15ft (5m) around it, and a wardrobe trap will cover a radius of about
5ft (1.5m) around it.
The best time to set the traps is in the spring (March-April) as the
adult moths are usually most active in the early summer. The pheromone lure will normally remain active for up to six
happens if the trap catches numbers of clothes moth?
a number of moth are caught, it is a positive sign of an infestation in
the near vicinity. This may
be woolen jumpers in a wardrobe, a carpet or even from birds' nests in a
blocked-up fireplace. If
the source cannot be found, further advice can be obtained from our "Contact
Us" page or