House moths fall into two equally distressful categories: moths that infest foods and moths that infest fabrics (like woolens, synthetics containing wool, furs, and sometimes silks and other fabrics). If you’re having problems in the pantry or kitchen, you’re probably dealing with the Indian meal moth, Angoumois grain moth, or Mediterranean flour moth. If your woolens are under attack, you’re fighting either the webbing clothes moth or casemaking clothes moth. Some moths – like the brown house moth – will happily spoil both your Cap’n Crunch and virgin-wool briefs.
So how do these silent-winged villains get into our homes? Well, they are often introduced via contaminated food or clothing. This is why it’s a good idea to inspect pantry staples (I also avoid bulk bins for rice, nuts, and grains) and used clothing. House moths can also be introduced by larger pests such as rodents or birds. Moth larvae feast on their feathers or hair, and pantry moth larvae can hatch from the nuts and grains they bring to their nests. Do some looking around in the dark corners of your home. The fun, however, may have started when one egg-toting moth made it into your home. What luck! Whatever the case may be, in this article you will find how to get rid of moths as well as prevent future infestations using safe, research-based strategies.