Hello, I have noticed some small moths in my room where there are animal/taxidermy mounts. What is the best way to keep these insects from damaging my mounts? I was thinking of spraying the mounts that I can get to but some are high on the wall and wondered if a fogging can spray would help? Plus moth glue traps set out on a regular basis to aid in keeping them ” at bay”. Please email me back with advice, thank you.
Seeing a few moths in your trophy room is reason to be concerned. Clothing Moths and Case Making Moths will readily infest mounted animals like deer and the damage they do can be devastating.
Clearly this pest can do significant damage if left unattended so for now, I suggest you take some time to inspect all mounts – even if it means climbing a ladder. This is usually the only way to insure you don’t miss something.
Now while you’re inspecting them, it would be a good time to treat. And if you don’t find any insect activity, BEDLAM PLUS would be a good product to apply. Lightly mist the mount by moving the can around it like one would do if they were spraying hair spray or spray paint. It should only take 5-10 seconds to get them completely covered and the treatment should last 2-3 months. The aerosol particle size is small and will typically penetrate most fur well which is important since the bulk of the insects will be focused on the hide surface where the fur attaches.
Bedlam can also be used on carpets and furniture and if you have either in this room, get these areas treated with Bedlam too.
But if you discover 1 or more mounts have significant activity, you should consider going with a liquid option. Seeing significant activity on the mount means there is a good chance adults have migrated elsewhere and laid eggs on carpeting or furniture. Bedlam can handle these areas too but overall, using a liquid is better suited when you plan on treating large areas including carpets. It just does a better job of soaking down since gravity is helping. Conversely, trying to use a liquid on the mount can be tricking since gravity will often times cause the treatment to “roll off” the fur. This can be pronounced if the mount fur is naturally water repellent. For such mounts, the Bedlam should be used with the liquid the being the better choice for the rest of the home.
DEFENSE mixed with NYLAR will saturate down to the nap of the carpet and be less costly to apply compared to the Bedlam. Now if you only have 1500 sq/ft and few mounts to treat, the Bedlam will be fine. But if expect to spraying 2500 sq/ft or more, the liquid will be the way to go for the carpeted “ground level” surfaces and the Bedlam for just the mounts.
Mix the Defense at the rate of .75 oz per gallon of water and add 1 oz of Nylar.
The Defense will kill active stages immediately and the Nylar will control eggs providing long term control. If you can take the mounts down and spray them while on the ground, using a good PUMP SPRAYER will make the job easier and its certainly what you’ll need to treat any carpets or furniture. And with couches or other fabric covered furniture, be sure to spray the bottom side too.
Now if you can’t find any sign of infestation, misting all mounts, carpeting and furniture with the Bedlam would be smart for long term protection. But if you’re looking for an easier to way to treat the mounts up high which are out of reach, get a WEBSTER.
These are used to remove spider webs but can be fitted with an AEROSOL HOLDING TOP.
Once in place, you can use it to apply PHANTOM AEROSOL every 2-3 months. Unfortunately the Bedlam can’t be applied using this device since it has a different nozzle. But Phantom will work just as well and with the pole, might prove easier to use in the long run.
Lastly, setting out some MOTH TRAPS can be helpful. But I would say the entire home should have some. This way any developing problem can be identified sooner rather than later. Clothing moths are secretive, avoid light and as a latent pest can cause substantial damage before they’re discovered. Traps will help by alerting you before things get out of hand.
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