House Moth Pests of North America

Anyone who has hosted a pest moth knows the dread that can come from finding a hole in a sweater or opening a box of cereal only to find web-like clumps. While house moths are not dangerous, they are very destructive to personal property and can cause a huge amount of anxiety and despair. The persistent nature of house moths has allowed them to thrive but also make them extremely hard to rid them from the home. There are four common pest moths that can be found in North American homes. All four moths are invasive species to North America.

The female moth seeks out a food source to lay her eggs. The larvae will consume as much food as possible until they reach adulthood. The result of these feeding frenzies is clothes with holes, ruined dried foods and moths flying around the home. The silken cocoons spun by the larvae create a distinctive webbed appearance.

White Shouldered House Moth

White shouldered house moths prefer cool, humid environments. Moist areas with temperatures that range from 50 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit provide the perfect breeding environment. The white shouldered house moth can be identified by the bright white scales on their head and upper thorax. The rest of the long, thin body is a dull brown. The female can lay up to 200 eggs. These larvae can do an astounding amount of damage to dried foods.

Clothes Moths

These small, light colored moths are attracted to natural fibers such as wool, silk and cotton. An adult female will seek soiled clothing or carpet to lay her eggs. A sticky substance helps the eggs adhere to a garment made of natural fibers. These moths may take up to two years to mature to adulthood.

Indian Meal Moths

These moths can be identified by the distinct light colored band on the back of their wings. They are extremely resilient and can survive on very little if conditions are not optimal. The female moth can lay up to 400 eggs at a time. They prefer to lay eggs around dried foods such as grains, fruit, seeds and nuts. They can chew through cardboard and plastic containers to get to the food inside

Brown House Moth

Brown house moths are small, mottled brown creatures that invade and devour dried foods and clothing. The female lays her eggs in dried cereals, fruits, soiled clothing and dirty areas with accumulated organic matter.The best defense against these moths is to store dried foods in airtight glass or thick plastic containers. All garments made of natural fibers should be cleaned before being stored. Moisture should be kept to a minimum. Even with all these precautions it may be necessary to call in a pest control expert once an infestation has taken hold.
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