What Kind of Moths Are in My House?
Summer is finally here. Sun, fun, and flip-flops. However, this is also prime season for the appearance of the pesky moth. You have put away your winter clothes; jackets, gloves, and scarves are all tucked away. Then you see a tiny fluttering in the corner of the room or closet. So, you begin to wonder what kind of moths eat wool? You don’t want your new hat to become lunch for a hungry batch of moth larvae. So, what kind of moths do I have? Let’s endeavor to answer this question for you.
What Kind of Moth is This?
Identification is key to knowing what your indoor pest will choose to feed on, and most importantly, what method would best help in getting rid of them. While your immediate thought may be what kind of moths eat clothes, if you see them in the kitchen, you most likely have a Pantry Moth, which do not feed on clothing. But when you see them in your basement, attic, closet, or garage, then you will need to know the answer to the question, what kind of clothes do moths eat.
Let’s identify the most common House Moths:
Also known as the Indian Meal Moth, Pantry Moths are the most common among the pantry pests. Larvae are an off-white color and about 1/2” long. They can range in color based on what they are feeding on. Adult moths are a reddish-brown color with gray wings. Their length is a half-inch long with a wingspan of about 5/8 inch.
There are two types of Clothes Moths; Webbing Moths and Casemaking Moths. Larvae are 1/2” long, and they are milky-white. Webbing Moths spin silky tubes as they move along, while Casemaking Moths enclose themselves in a tubular casing and drag it wherever it goes. Adults are about a 1/2″ long, and both are a beige color.
Other Types of Moths
Two other less common are the Carpet Moth and the Brown House Moth. The Carpet Moth pretty much feed on what their name reveals. The Brown House Moth is another type of Clothes Moth, but feed more on paper products like books, and would pose a big concern if you have a library in your home.
What Kind of Material do Moths Eat?
If you need to know what kind of fabric do moths eat, pay attention. Understand that each type of moth feeds on a different type of material.
- Pantry Moths live in your kitchen cupboard or food pantry. They feed on flour, uncooked beans and rice, cereal, dog food, and other dried foods.
- Clothes Moths feed on fabric like wool, silk, felt, and leather. They prefer less lit areas like closets, basements, and attics.
- Carpet Moths hide within carpets and tapestries. They will also feed on animal skin, clothing, fur, bird nests, and carpet.
- The Brown House Moth generally lives around areas where books and paper are kept. They feed on dried plants, paper, and book bindings.
What Do I Do When I Find Out What Kind of Moths are in My House?
First, you need to get rid of their source of food. If you are dealing with Pantry Moths, then you will need to throw out what they have contaminated. As much as needed, better safe than sorry. If it is a Clothes Moth, then you will need to identify what is the primary source they are attacking. Look for holes in fabric made by larvae, their casings, and fecal matter. Fortunately, clothing can be saved if it is not eaten up. Washing or dry cleaning the articles in hot water will kill larvae and remove casings.
The second step is to clean the area by wiping down surfaces with a good cleaner, vacuuming areas where they were found. Finally, set up a protection barrier to prevent their return. Dr. Killigan’s, Inc.™ has moth traps for both the Pantry Moth and Clothes Moth.
Dr. Killigan’s, Inc.™ traps are chemical-free and 100% non-toxic. We use an essential oil-based pheromone to attract the moth to the trap. Then the glue within the trap captures the moth. Unlike most other traps on the market, the pheromone attractant Dr. Killigan’s, Inc.™ uses is mixed in with the glue. Other traps have a separate wafer you must manually place onto their glue traps.
Not only will Dr. Killigan’s Premium Moth Traps ™ blend in with your current décor, all products are 100% safe and in most cases are green products. We also offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you are not satisfied for any reason, contact us, and we will do all we can to make things right. A moth free home is what you desire and we aim to please, Killing Them Softly® and putting your family at ease in a pest-free home.