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Moth Identification & Prevention In Chesapeake, VA

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What are moths?

Moths are flying insects and are related to butterflies. Physical features of a moth include scale-covered wings, threadlike or feather-like antennae, and a stout body. While many moths have muted colors, some species have bright colors on their wings.

In the ecosystem, moths like butterflies and bees and play a vital role in pollination; in our homes, moths can cause a variety of problems. Hawk Mosquito & Pest offers reliable exterminator services for Chesapeake homeowners.  

a cloth moth

Are moths dangerous?

Adult moths are typically not dangerous, but their larvae are. Moth larvae or caterpillars are dangerous because of the damage their voracious feeding habits can cause. Most of the moth's nutritional needs are met as caterpillars.

Depending on the species, moth larva will feed on, contaminate and damage plant leaves and, inside of our homes, things like clothing, rugs, blankets, upholstered furniture, and pantry items like flour, cereals, bread, and dry pet food.

Why do I have a moth problem?

There are two ways that moths can move into your house and become a problem; they either come in on their own, or you accidentally introduce them. Adults are most capable of moving into our homes from the outside. Their most common entry points include torn screens, gaps around windows and doors, vents, and spaces around light fixtures.

Larvae are most commonly introduced into our homes by homeowners. They hitchhike indoors on potted plants, pieces of wood, or contaminated dry goods that you have purchased from places like grocery stores, feed stores, or pet stores.

Where will I find moths?

Adult moths are usually nocturnal and are often seen at night fluttering around doors and windows after being attracted by lights. Inside our homes, they will gather around lights and televisions. It is also very common to see moths resting on the interior or exterior walls of our homes. Their larvae are wherever an appropriate food source is; this usually means moth infestations end up in kitchens, basements, closets, and storage boxes. Protecting your attic is a great way to prevent moths from infesting throughout your home.

How do I get rid of moths?

Moths are annoying pests that contaminate food, damage personal belongings, and shouldn't be a part of our Virginia households. If you suspect moths are feeding and breeding in your home, reach out to us at Hawk Mosquito & Pest. We are committed to our customers and provide pest control solutions that are eco-friendly, effective, and budget-friendly. Our residential or commercial pest control solutions in Chesapeake, VA will ensure your moth problem is quickly solved, and through our regular follow-up services, we will ensure they won't be a bother in the future.

How can I prevent moths in the future?

Prevent issues with moths by partnering with us at Hawk Mosquito & Pest and implementing the following recommendations.

  • Repair torn screens, place weatherstripping around windows and doors, and seal spaces around light fixtures that are on your home's exterior.
  • Outdoor lights attract moths to your house; turn off outdoor lights when not needed.
  • Store your family's clothing, blankets, and other fabric items in plastic storage containers with tight-fitting lids.
  • Inspect food packaging for rips or tears before purchasing it.
  • Store dry goods in plastic or glass containers with locking lids to keep moths from laying their eggs in your family's stored food.

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