Maryland Moth Control
Moths can damage textiles and contaminate pantry items in your Maryland home or business. The local MD pest control experts at Viking Pest explain the larvae of these pests digest the natural fibers of your textiles if improperly stored. They can also damage trees and plants if left unchecked.
To protect your home or business from moths in Maryland, you need to learn about the behavior of this pest, take steps for prevention, and find effective treatment options should an infestation occur.
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What are Moths?
Moths share many similarities with butterflies and are classified in the same biological order, Lepidoptera. While moths are considered pests, there are just a handful of species that chew our clothes or eat our pantry foods, and it’s not the adult moths to blame, but their larvae. The local MD pest control experts at Viking Pest explain moth pests in Maryland include the webber and casemaking (clothes) moth, the Indian meal moth, and the gypsy moth, whose larvae have defoliated thousands of acres of Maryland trees statewide.
How to Identify Moths
Viking’s certified entomologist, Craig, explains moths can be identified by their physical appearance and behavior. Unlike butterflies who have thin antenna with clubbed tips, moths have tapered antennae that look feather-like or fuzzy. The easiest way to distinguish between a moth or butterfly is whether you come across the insect in your home or business. The local MD pest control experts at Viking Pest explain moths prefer the indoors where they can reproduce and find food. In contrast, butterflies only enter a home or business by mistake, opting to remain in the garden.
What Problems Can Moths Cause for Maryland Home and Business Owners?
Clothes moths are frequently found in homes or businesses in Maryland. The local MD exterminators at Viking Pest explain textiles and natural fibers, particularly soiled with human sweat or other liquids, provide the nourishment and vitamins moth larvae need to grow into adult moths.
The Indian meal moth is another common moth pest in Maryland. The larvae of this moth species feed entirely on pantry items, such as flour and beans. Food contamination with moth feces, as well as the silk that the larvae produce to form a cocoon, have been known to cause dermatitis and allergic reactions.
When Are Moths Active in Maryland?
The local MD pest control experts at Viking Pest explain moth pests in Maryland thrive during the spring and summer months when the weather is warm and humid. Viking Pest recommends Maryland residents to make sure all clothing that is stored during the summer is properly washed, as clothing soiled with human sweat allows moth larvae to grow.
How to Control Moths in Maryland
Moth prevention is key in moth control in Maryland. There are many steps the home or business owner can take to prevent an infestation. The Maryland pest control experts at Viking Pest explain effective moth prevention efforts require an understanding of their behavior and preferences. As moths prefer to reproduce and feed in dark environments where there is a low risk they will be disturbed, rotating your less-used clothing items once a month is recommended. Thoroughly cleaning your textiles and woolens and stowing them in boxes or cedar chests is often enough to prevent an infestation.
While many moth species are attracted to light, Maryland moth pests prefer low light environments. If the larvae are moved from a low light closet to a well-lit room, they will find a dark corner or hide under furniture or carpeting. Viking Pest suggests vacuuming regularly throughout your home, paying attention to corners where pet hair may accumulate as well as under rugs to prevent moth infestation in your home or business.
If you suspect a moth infestation, contact the Maryland 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. Following a multi-faceted process called integrated pest management (IPM), Viking Pest can control your Maryland moth infestation, as well as provide tips on how to deter future moth infestations.
Viking Pest Can Help Control and Prevent Moths in Maryland
Viking Pest offers expert treatment designed to effectively and efficiently control and prevent Moths from invading your home or business in Maryland. Call Viking today for your FREE and NO OBLIGATION estimate at 1-800-618-2847 or schedule online today!