Moths are a common household pest even in typically rainy Vancouver and a small initial moth population can quickly multiply into a serious infestation.
While the majority of moth species are harmless, a few can be problematic for property owners. Some species, such as the clothes moth, can damage fabrics, upholstery, and even carpets in homes.
Controlling the population, regular monitoring, and eco-friendly preventive measures can help mitigate the potential damage caused by these tiny yet impactful creatures.
Moths, despite their delicate appearance, can cause a variety of damages, especially when they infiltrate homes and gardens. Some of the most obvious damages moths can cause include:
Fabric Damage: Moths are attracted to natural fibers such as wool, silk, and fur. The larvae of moths will eat these fibers, causing holes and damage to clothing, carpets, and other fabrics.
Food Contamination: Pantry moths, such as the Indian meal moth, lay their eggs in stored food products. As the larvae hatch and grow, they feed on and contaminate foodstuffs, making them unsuitable for consumption. Common targets include grains, cereals, dried fruits, and even pet food.
Allergic Reactions: Microscopic particles from wings, cocoons and droppings circulating in the air can trigger allergic reactions and asthma in some people.
Costly Replacements: Severely damaged clothing, carpets, and other prized textiles may need complete replacement if the damage is too extensive.
Structural Issues: If a serious moth infestation goes unchecked, larvae can spread from clothing to infest and damage furniture, drywall and even insulation.
Pest Amplification: Moth larvae excrement and cocoons can also attract ants, cockroaches, carpet beetles and other secondary pests.
Property Damage: In trying to eradicate an entrenched moth population, fumigation or excessive heat treatment can damage surfaces, pipes, and wiring in a home.
Regardless of the beauty of moths and their relatives, butterflies, these tiny pests can cause significant damages to properties.
Their attention is specifically drawn to fabrics, carpets, wool, and clothes as well as food leftovers.
Considering all the problems caused by moths and in order to prevent any further destruction, it is essential to recognize and address moth infestations promptly, employing preventive measures and control tactics when necessary.
The treatment and control of moths require a specialized approach, which is why professionals are often needed. Some of the reasons it’s advisable to hire pest control companies for moth removal rather than trying to deal with them yourself are:
Expert Identification: Professionals can accurately identify what type of moth is infesting your home based on larvae, cocoons and moths spotted. Different moths require different treatment plans.
Locating the Source: Technicians have the tools and know-how to pinpoint where moths are gaining entry and breeding, which is essential to fully eliminate them.
Extensive Inspection: They thoroughly inspect for infestations in all possible hiding spots like carpets, furniture, closets, and stored products. DIY efforts can miss areas.
Effective Treatments: Companies have commercial-grade insecticides, fumigants and freezing/heating equipment not available to consumers for treating widespread infestations.
Avoiding Recurrence: Professionals take proactive prevention measures like sealing entry points to keep moths from returning. DIY treatment often doesn’t fully work.
Warranties: Reputable pest control firms will warranty their work and retreat if the issue isn’t fully resolved the first time.
Saving Time and Hassle: Ridding a property of a major moth infestation is extremely labor intensive. Professionals have streamlined systems to handle it efficiently.
Moths, though seemingly harmless at first glance, can pose several threats to your property. Some of them include:
Moths, both in their adult and larval stages tend to seek out darker, undisturbed areas to lay their eggs and feed. Here’s where you might typically find them:
Pest control companies use a variety of methods to get rid of moths, depending on the type of moth and the severity of the infestation. Some of the most common methods include: