23 Feb MOTH PEST CONTROL – IDENTIFICATION AND PREVENTION
Moths are generally harmless, unlike other pests. However, if you have a moth infestation in your home, these winged insects can do some damage to household items. Therefore a moth infestation needs to be eliminated as quickly as possible to reduce the potential dangers and annoyances these pests create.
The experts at Eco Advantage help you identify the infestation and provide tips on how to handle it.
Moths belong to the Lepidopteran family, which includes butterflies and skippers. There are roughly 160,000 unique species of moths worldwide, although there are a few thousand varieties in the Carolinas alone.
Mainly active at night, moths are primarily nocturnal creatures. These insects have a relatively large wingspan (some moths can grow to over a foot wide), dull coloring, and dust-like scales that can flake off when the moth is handled.
As with all creatures in the butterfly family — moths have four stages of their life cycle, including eggs, larvae, pupa, and adult. Additionally, moths are pretty sensitive to the cold, so they look for shelter during winter and are most active during spring and summer.
ARE MOTHS DANGEROUS?
Moths are not dangerous. Unlike other pests, moths are mostly harmless. However, an infestation can cause various problems, including:
- Property Damage – In the caterpillar stage they will consume virtually anything they come across (especially dust).
- Allergic Reactions – Since moths are covered in dust-like scales, they can leave deposits everywhere, which can trigger allergies in those with sensitive noses.
- Skin Reactions – Although moth caterpillars won’t bite you or your family, some species can sting, often leaving an itchy red mark afterward.
- Food Contamination – Pantry moths like to nest in your pantry, thanks to its abundance of food. The larvae will get into most packaging and start eating everything, contaminating your food.
CAUSES AND SIGNS OF A MOTH INFESTATION
Moths can get into a home in a few ways — they are attracted to your lights at night and they may slip in through a window or door cracks. Once inside, they may not be able to get out, so they find a dark spot to lay eggs. Another reason for moth infestations is that they can smell food. Pantry moths are attracted to dried grains, while clothing moths are drawn to textiles and fabrics, knowing that their larvae will eat them.
Sadly, you usually do not notice moths until it’s too late since they hide during the day and are out of sight. The warning signs of an infestation are:
- Holes in Clothing – seeing holes in cotton and wool clothing
- Tiny Tubes on Fabric – These small casings are eggs, although the larvae may not be inside.
- Adult Moths – If you keep noticing moths flying around indoors, chances are that there are more of them.
HOW TO HANDLE A MOTH INFESTATION
Left alone, moth infestations can lead to more significant damage to you and your family.
Here are some tips on how to remove these insects once and for all:
- Use Cedar Spray or Wood – Cedar has a strong scent that repels moths, and it smells better than mothballs.
- Use Sticky Traps – A tape trap can snag a moth and prevent it from flying off, so it’ll die before it can mate or lay eggs.
- Call the Professionals – If you can’t seem to get rid of moths yourself, let Eco Advantage handle them for you. We’ll do a full sweep of your home and eradicate these pests before they spread further. Professional pest control not only removes current moths but can help prevent them from coming back.
Whether your home has moths or some other pesky insect, Eco Advantage Termite and Pest Solutions is here to help. We’ll identify the problem and determine the best method of eradication. Better yet, we’ll develop a prevention schedule to keep the pests from coming back. Call us today for a consultation and to set a home visit appointment.
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