Moth Control in Idaho

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There are thousands of species of moths. However, there are only a few that you’ll usually encounter in Idaho households. There are two different kinds of moths that we often see in Idaho areas: moths in closets, or moths in the pantry. The pantry-dweller is known as the Indian mealmoth, also called a grain moth, weevil moth, or pantry moth.

Closet Moths

Moths are attracted to natural fibers, like wool or silk. Closet moths like dark, undisturbed places and are very secretive. If you do catch a glimpse of these moths, you’ll notice that they’re buff-colored, and usually 2-5 cm in length. Moths depend on their sense of smell for most of the major functions in life. They use it to identify food sources, mates, and communicate about territories or safety. That’s why one of the best ways to keep moths away is with certain scents. We can help with pheromone treatments that will discourage moths from entering your home.

Preventing a moth Infestation in your closet
In order to prevent a moth infestation, there are some measures that you can take. Even with pest control treatment, these are smart moves to make sure that the population doesn’t make a comeback.

  • Wash clothing before storing them. This will remove any eggs or larvae (often too small for you to spot with the naked eye) from the clothing. It will also remove human scents from sweat, hair, and skin that can attract moths.
  • Store your clothing in airtight containers instead of cardboard boxes when you need to stow them for a long period of time.
  • Use cedar wood in your closet, either in the form of the closet itself, cedar hangers, or cedar mothballs. The oil in cedar is toxic to moth larvae and so it will repel moth populations. You can also use lavender (oil, or simply dried sprigs of the flowers) in your closet to keep moths away.

Questions that People Most Frequently Ask Us

Take a look at some of the typical questions that pop up in the minds of our clients

Can moths bite me or my pets?

Most moths do not bite, but there are a few species that can.

What scent will repel moths?

There are a few different scents that will repel moths: lavender, cedar, and eucalyptus. You can use these scents to keep moths away from your home or business.

Where do moths live?

Moths can live in a variety of places, including homes, businesses, and outside. If you think you may have a moth infestation in your home or business, it is important to take action as soon as possible.

How long do moths live?

The life cycle of a moth depends on the species, but most moths live for about a month. However, some species of moths can live for up to a year.

How do I know I have a moth problem in my home or business?

There are a few signs that you may have a moth problem in your home or business: you may see moths flying around your home or business, you may find small holes in your clothing or other materials or you may see larvae or cocoons in your home or business

How do you handle a moth infestation?

You can try to get rid of the moths yourself with insecticide sprays or traps. You also may want to hire a pest control professional to help you get rid of the moths.

Where are these moths coming from?

Moths come from a variety of places. They may come from other infested homes or businesses, or they may come from outside. Moths can also lay eggs in your home, which can hatch and lead to an infestation.

What kind of damage do moths cause to my home or business?

Moths can cause damage by eating your clothes, carpet, and other materials in your home.

Are moths poisonous?

No, moths are not poisonous. However, some species of moths can cause irritation if they come into contact with your skin.

Are moths and butterflies the same?

No, moths and butterflies are not the same. Moths are usually nocturnal, meaning they are most active at night. Butterflies are diurnal, meaning they are most active during the day. Moths also tend to be drab in color while butterflies are often brightly colored.