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What are moths?

Moths are mostly nocturnal insects belonging to the scientific order of Lepidoptera. Moth species vary widely in appearance, size, and behavior. Some moths are easily mistaken for butterflies, some are effective pollinators, and others are more parasitic in nature, feeding on blood.

Species of moths to look out for around your property are webbing clothes moths, a species that has a reputation for ruining wool, fur, feathers, hair, or felt, and pantry moths, commonly found around kitchens or food storage areas.

No matter the type of moth on your property, Quality Pest Control can help you with effective moth repellent and removal. Reviewing the answers to these moth FAQs below can help you understand more about moth control in Omaha.

Are moths dangerous?

In general, moths are not particularly dangerous pests. They don’t bite or attack humans, spread diseases, or bring pathogens into human structures. However, the larvae of moths can be quite destructive as they chew away at clothing, fabrics, or stored foods, creating costly damages and problematic food contamination. Professional moth removal for your home is the best way to avoid these issues.

Why do I have a moth problem?

A moth problem typically starts when these pests get into your property and lay eggs. Moths are attracted to lights, clothing, and fabrics and may lay their eggs or hide out near dark, isolated areas in your home.

Where will I find moths?

Around the exterior of your property, moths will be fluttering near bright lights or food sources, such as vegetable gardens. Once indoors, moths invade food pantry areas or areas where clothing is stored.

Look out for moth infestation indicators such as small holes in clothing like sweaters and fabrics like silk, wool, and fur. Moths also might leave behind webbing on food packaging, in the corners of closets, or on clothing, as well as a musty smell.

How do I get rid of moths?

Get rid of moths from your property by contacting Quality Pest Control at the first signs of these pests. Our service specialists will help you avoid damage to textiles, carpets, and other fabric or stored food items with our customized treatment plans, effective moth control solutions, and follow-up advice that helps you keep moths out of your home for good. Schedule a consultation today.

How can I prevent moths in the future?

Prevent moths in the future by following our expert tips to make your property less hospitable to these destructive nuisance pests.

  • Keep your closets and other dark, secluded spaces cool and well-ventilated to prevent moths from gathering in these locations.
  • Make sure that food pantries and closets are cleaned regularly and wash clothes on a routine basis to stop moths from gathering in them.
  • Consider using sealed storage techniques for clothing and less regularly used clothing items.
  • Seal up cracks around windows and doors and repair window and door screens to help keep moths outside.
  • Consider using a moth repellent such as peppermint oil around interior areas to keep this pest out of your food pantries and closets.

For more information about moth prevention or for professional assistance in defeating an active moth infestation, contact Quality Pest Control today. We can beat moth infestations in no time.

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