Moth Pest Control

Moths are generally thought of as the less attractive, more destructive version of a butterfly.  Their size and coloring varies greatly, but they are usually 1/2 to 1 inch long and are typically a pale white brown or gray.  The damage that they can do is seen on items of clothing, curtains or other linens.  However, the moths that you see flying around are not what is causing the damage.  It is in the larvae stage that they are feeding on wool, silk and other materials in preparation for the cocoon stage.  They will wrap themselves in the cocoon and then emerge as adult moths within a couple of weeks.

Sandy Oregon Pest Control CouponIf you are finding damages to your clothing or linen, there are a few signs to observe to identify if moths are causing it.  First, check to see what material it is since moth larvae will usually trend towards eating wool and silk.  Secondly, the damage will look like small round holes in the fabric and has often been described as looking like a cigarette burn.

We have observed that many people try home remedies to get rid of moths in the Sandy, Oregon area before calling us.  Common products consist of moth balls and cedar chips and while these items work well as a repellent for adult moths, it is important to note that they do not have an effect on what is actually causing the damage (the larvae).

As far as pest control goes, treating for moths is pretty simple when you use the products available to a professional pest control company.  If you have questions on how to get rid of moths or want to schedule a free inspection, please do not hesitate to call or email.


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