Are You Letting Moths Eat You Out of House and Home? Signs to Watch For

Signs for when it's time to get rid of the moths in your home.

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Are you suffering from moth infestations? Do pantry moths plague your home’s closets? Are clothes moths eating their way through all of your carefully stored clothing? A moth problem is no laughing matter. Fortunately, there are a few moth control steps that you can take to remove the unwanted pests from your home.

How Did Moths Get in Your House?

The first step in getting a moth problem under control is to understand how they entered your home. Of the estimated 160,000 species of moths, pantry moths and clothes moths are the two most common types. The pantry moth will eat a wide variety of foods, including seasonings, spices, grains, and nuts. It typically enters the home along with your groceries or as a result of opened containers of dry goods and other types of common foods. Clothes moths will work their way into dark areas of your home, such as the back reaches of your closets, before they begin munching on your clothing. These moths find their way into your home through open doors and windows, by hitching a ride on second-hand clothing items, or nestled inside of items that have been kept in storage.

What Are Common Signs That You Have Moths in Your House?

There are three common signs that your home is suffering from moth infestations.

1. Damaged Clothing

Most often you will see moth damage on wool, alpaca, silk, leather, cashmere, and angora. The type of damage will depend on how long the moths have been munching away.

2. Damaged Carpets

As their name suggests, carpet moths are notorious for eating carpets and rugs. Threadbare patches and holes, especially on wool or silk carpets, are telltale signs that you have a moth problem.

3. Moth Larvae in Food and Adult Moths in Your Kitchen

Pantry moths are hard to spot during the egg stage. However, the larvae stage is easier to see, especially when they are busy moving about and eating your food. Adult moths flying around your kitchen are a clear sign that you need to implement a few key moth prevention tactics.

If you are having trouble identifying the source of your moths, then you will want to call a moth control and prevention specialist, who will evaluate your home to successfully identify the type and source of your moth infestation.

Moth Prevention Best Practices

The best moth prevention tactics are to remove nesting and breeding areas from your home, frequently vacuum areas where moth larvae have hatched, store open food in sealed containers, and contact a professional pest control company. NTX Best Pest can help remove moth infestations from your home and give you the insights you need to prevent moths in the future. Call us today at (972) 736-9700 or request a home evaluation appointment online to effectively remove moths from your home.