For those of us that have been in the pest control industry for a decade or longer, about 85% of our day is boring and repetitive. We encounter the same pests (or lack thereof) stop after stop and day after day. Another 14.9999% of our day is a bit more interesting, perhaps even challenging, but rarely nothing completely out of the ordinary.
But every so often, we get to face off with something completely new to us. That’s not to say we aren’t aware of the pest or their characteristics, it’s just that we’ve never seen the situation first hand.
That was what happened to me (most recently) this Wednesday.
I’ve studied the Webbing Clothes Moth. I’ve read the descriptions, know how to make proper identification, seen the manner in which they damage fabric… but my only exposure to the fabric pest was via books like The Mallis Handbook of Pest Control and Truman’s Scientific Guide to Pest Management Operations.
Responding to a call in downtown Omaha, I finally got the match-up I’d been waiting on. Webbing Clothes Moths were aggressively attacking an unsuspecting man’s wool blazers and sports coats.
While the ID was the most exciting part of the process, I must say, the larvae looked smaller than I imagined.
Like with any pantry or fabric pest, the treatment was anti-climatic, nevertheless, I was just happy to have my first showdown with a fairly rare pest problem.