Why Are Moths a Nuisance in Your Home?
They seem harmless enough — these small, airy creatures that fly through the night and land on your wall. They’re generally unsuspecting criminals that you may not even notice if you’re not paying attention. They are often so quiet and unassuming that you probably won’t even consider the damage they could be doing.
Moths come in different forms, but their end result is still the same: They invade your home and destroy your belongings. Once you’ve identified the signs of a moth problem in your home, it’s imperative that you take steps right away to alleviate further infestation. These seemingly unassuming creatures can wreak havoc on your pantry, clothing, and irreplaceable personal effects, and if you’re not proactive, you may not notice the damage until it’s too late.
Our pest control technicians at Arrow Exterminating know how to get into the mind of a moth, and our skillful pest control technicians will take your home under their wings, ensuring that no stone is left unturned in the battle to keep your home safe from the health hazards and holes these pests can bring to your food and clothing.
Which Types of Moths Are Common in the Northeast?
Grain moths and clothing moths are two of the most common forms of this pest in the greater New York region.
Grain moths, also known as pantry moths, have a tendency to be incredibly invasive in the kitchen, attacking food staples such as cereals, flour, and grains while laying eggs and starting colonies right inside your kitchen cabinets.
Clothing moths, on the other hand, couldn’t care about your kitchen, but they will readily eat holes in any fabric in your home, including furniture, clothing, and blankets.
How Do You Know if You Have a Moth Problem?
Even if you just see a single moth in your home, it may be cause for worry. These pests often lay larvae where you can’t see them, and the populations can grow exponentially with little to no warning. If your clothing has unexpected holes in it, they may be caused by clothing moths. These creatures feast on fabrics, and they’re often attracted to wool, cashmere, silk, leather, and knitwear.
In the kitchen, grain moths typically colonize in dry foodstuffs. You may not be able to see them when they’re at the egg stage, but as they grow into larvae and flying moths, they’ll become more apparent. These pests can find their way into containers, boxes, and bags and begin laying their eggs almost immediately.
What Steps Should You Take to Ensure Effective Moth Control?
If you have a moth problem, effective moth control is imperative. These uninvited guests can present a number of problems to your health and personal belongings if you’re not careful. Our experts at Arrow Exterminations will be happy to guide you through this process.
- Accurate Identification is Critical
When we visit your home, we’ll ask you for evidence of your moth problem. If your clothing has holes in it, we’d like to see where it was stored. If you suspect grain moths, please point us in the direction of your kitchen. The more in-tuned we are with your pests, the better chance we have to resolve your problem. Please feel free to ask us questions, and don’t be afraid if we ask you a few, too! We’re here to help!
- Inspect Your Belongings
We’ll help you determine the root of your problem. We’ll review your property, examine your carpet, clothing, pantry, and other possible places moths could reside and come up with a solution.
- Remove Infested Items
Sometimes, a little cleaning goes a long way. You may eliminate the problem by simply getting rid of infested material or vacuuming the infested area.
- Apply Pest Control Substances
Liquids, aerosols, or dusts may be necessary to completely kill these uninvited pests.
If you suspect that you may have a moth problem, it’s never too early to ask for help, but waiting can lead to a significant loss of personal property. Our Arrow Extermination team is here to help you identify, contain, control, and eliminate your moth problem. Contact us today for a free consultation!