What are moths?
When people think of moths, they usually think of the types that eat clothing and other materials. However, a different group of moths is even more concerning than those that leave holes in your clothes. The kinds of moths we refer to are pantry pests such as Indian meal moths and pantry months.
Are moths dangerous?
You might not think moths are dangerous because they are very similar to butterflies. But the truth is these moths can contaminate food with their eggs and larvae. Not only can this lead to food poisoning in certain situations, but dealing with these common Gaithersburg pests is stressful!
Always discard infested goods in a garbage can outside your home. And while it may not be necessary, you should consider getting rid of other opened items even if they are not damaged or infested.
Why do I have a problem with moths?
Unfortunately, these moths can infest food before you purchase it from a store. Eggs and larvae can get into food where it is processed, and adult moths can chew through packaging to lay eggs. While less common than being introduced into a home through previously infested goods, these moths can also get in through open windows and doors, damaged screens, and other entry points.
Where will I find moths?
You will most likely find the moths mentioned above in kitchens and food storage areas. As stated early, these moths lay their eggs on food sources, which are usually dry goods. So, common places to find them are pantries and cabinets.
They are also attracted to light, so you may see them hanging around electronics that emit light or fixtures around your home.
How do I get rid of moths?
If you believe you have a moth infestation, you should contact us at Absolute Home and Pest Solutions. We provide single, monthly, and quarterly services to ensure you get the pest control you need.
We thoroughly inspect your property before implementing any treatments to meet your pest control needs. This inspection will enable us to understand the pest pressures you face and the conducive conditions on your property that attract pests. Unlike other companies, we take the time to inform you about the pests you are experiencing and how you can best protect your home against them.
How can I prevent moths in the future?
To prevent moths in the future, use these tips:
- Inspect dry goods before purchasing them from the store.
- Transfer dry goods to clear containers with tight-fitting lids.
- Keep doors and windows without screens closed as much as possible and repair any damaged screens.
- Keep lights off at night when possible.
To ensure that you have the protection you need against these pests, partner with us at Absolute Home and Pest Solutions.