Delaware Moth Control
Moths can damage textiles and contaminate pantry items in your Delaware home or business. It’s not the adult moth, but the moth larvae that inflicts the most damage. To protect your home or business from moths in Pennsylvania, you need to learn about the behavior of this pest, take steps for prevention, and find effective treatment options should an infestation occur.
What are Moths?
Moths are a species of flying insect found throughout Delaware. The local DE pest control experts at Viking Pest explain the moth life-cycle begins with the laying of eggs, followed by the caterpillar or larvae stage. The caterpillars pupate forming a cocoon, then finally, the moth emerges as an adult moth. Although there are over 160,000 moths worldwide, only 131 moth species are known to be found in the state of Delaware. Of these, the webber or “clothes” moth and the Indian meal moth are the moth pests that cause infestation issues in the home or business.
How to Identify Moths
Although closely related, moths differ from butterflies in many ways Viking Pest’s certified entomologist, Craig, explains. While butterflies have thin antenna with clubbed tips, moths have thin antennae with feather-like tips. Wing placement is another way to distinguish moths from butterflies. When moths are at rest, their wings are down. In contrast, when butterflies are at rest, their wings are up/vertical.
What Problems Can Moths Cause for Delaware Home and Business Owners?
Local DE exterminators at Viking Pest explain clothes moths are the most common moth pest in Delaware. For this moth species, it’s the textiles and natural fibers on which moth larval feed. Also, this moth species can digest keratin – what hair and nails are made from – allowing larvae to digest on taxidermy, furs, stoles, and animal hides. The flour moth species found in Delaware is worrisome as it is a cause for health concerns. When our food is contaminated with moth feces or the larvae cocoon, allergic reactions, dermatitis, and intestinal illness may ensue.
When Are Moths Active in Delaware?
The local DE pest control experts at Viking Pest explain Delaware moth species require warm weather and humidity to reproduce and develop beyond the larvae stage. Delaware summers provide the ideal conditions for moths to invade homes and businesses and take up residence.
How to Control Moths in Delaware
Moth prevention is an important element of moth control in Delaware. You can take proactive steps to minimize the chance of an infestation in your home or business. The Delaware pest control experts at Viking Pest suggest effective tactics to shield your home or business from infestation. It comes down to understanding the moth species’ behavior and preferences.
Clothes moths seek out dark, humid environments where they can reproduce and feed undisturbed. Drawers with infrequently used clothing or the deeper layers of closets are potential moth infestation hot spots. If you have a Delaware moth infestation, you’ll notice sweaters and carpets with holes. The local DE pest control experts at Viking Pest explain moths often hide in air ducts, baseboards, underneath furniture, and in corners where pet hair or dander may collect. To minimize your risk of a moth infestation, Viking Pest advises a thorough and frequent vacuuming as well as rotating your clothing each month.
If you know you have a moth infestation and you’re not sure how to resolve it, contact the Delaware pest control experts at Viking Pest. The experts at Viking Pest will inspect your property and be sure steps are taken to eliminate a moth infestation. Taking a process called integrated pest management (IPM), Viking Pest can help rid your home or business in DE of the moth pest as well as share ways you can prevent another infestation in the future.
Viking Pest Can Help Control and Prevent Moths in Delaware
Viking Pest offers expert treatment designed to effectively and efficiently control and prevent Moths from invading your home or business in Delaware. Call Viking today for your FREE and NO OBLIGATION estimate at 1-800-618-2847 or schedule online today!