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Moth Control

Moths are considered pests because many species have destructive tendencies primarily during the larval stage. They can be found in homes and buildings and their larvae eat various kinds of food, some even devour natural fabrics such as silk or wool.

It's for that reason that most people find moths to be a nuisance and require a professional pest control company to remove infestations and prevent further recurrences.

Do you want to get rid of in your home? Call 1-800-837-5520 or contact us online to schedule a moth control service visit.

Moth fact: Moths and butterflies look similar, but the antennae of butterflies have balls or clubs on the end and moths do not.

The Signs of Moths

Probably the most common sign that moths have set up shop in your home are holes in clothing. Moths lay eggs and their larvae devour some natural fabrics. Moths eat silk and wool as well as leather and feathers. So, if you pull out a wool sweater and there are irregular holes all over it, you might have moths.

If you find moth carcasses lying around or live moths flying around the home you know an issue is at hand. Some moths like to set up their homes in pantries to eat bread, cereals, some types of fruit and grains. You might also see webbing on clothes and their small, caterpillar-like larvae.

Types of Moths

Moths are an ancient species of flying insect that are cousins of butterflies. How old are they? There have been fossils found that indicate the species may go back 190 million years, which means that moths likely evolved before butterflies. They differ from their cousins in the shape of their antennae and the fact that most of them are nocturnal.

There are an estimated 12,000 different types of moths in North America. However, the most common moth types you're likely to find in your home or building include:
  • Case-making Clothes Moth (Tinea pellionella) - a small moth also known as Webbing Clothes Moths because their larvae form webs after they hatch to hide in clothing. They are serious fabric-eaters and clothing destroyers.

  • Brown House Moth (Hofmannophila pseudospretella) - one of the most common moths. They are brown colored and larger than most clothing moths. These moths are often seen flying around your home at night and they love to hide in baseboards and low to the ground. They eat food as varied as dog biscuits, cereals and grains.

  • Common Clothes Moth - tiny, light colored moths you're more likely to find crawling around on the floor than flying. Their larvae love to eat fabrics and spin webs.

  • White Shouldered House Moth (Endrosis sarcitrella) - These White-Shouldered House Moths rarer than some of the other types of moths in homes because they prefer grains, cereals and some types of plants over textiles. They are not as common in homes, but might be found in dry outdoor surrounding buildings.

Stop the Moth Infestation

While there are do-it-yourself solutions that claim to effectively kill and prevent moths none of them are guaranteed to be successful. The best solution for treatment and year-long protection is to call in a professionals pest control company.

One of our moth control experts can tell you how to get rid of moths effectively.

A Rentokil Steritech Technician will consult with you about the problem and perform an inspection of the property to determine what the moths are eating and where they are coming from. We will search all of the closets and the most likely areas of moth infestation. We search drawers, wardrobes and other areas where clothing and fabrics are that make a favorite meal for moth larvae. They will also discuss a treatment plan that might involve fumigation if the infestation is severe. A number of non-chemical treatment methods such as vacuuming and proper storage of clothing and fabrics, are also available.

Moth Prevention

To prevent moths from returning:

  • Be sure to clean closets, cupboards, pantries and drawers
  • Make sure food is sealed closed and stored
  • Vacuum floors including closets and empty the bags to get rid of larvae
  • Clean clothing often

Do you want to get rid of moths in your home? Call 1-800-837-5520 or contact us online to schedule a moth control service visit.

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