New Jersey Moth Control
Moths can damage trees, clothing, and carpet in your New Jersey home or business. Moths eat the natural fibers they find in textiles and can damage plants and trees. If you don’t recognize the signs or take preventative measures, a moth infestation can easily become established in your New Jersey home or business.
To protect your home or business from moths in New Jersey, 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 similar to butterflies and found throughout New Jersey. The local NJ pest control experts at Viking Pest explain both moths and butterflies share similar life-cycles, from laying of eggs to the caterpillar or larvae stage, to adult moth. Moths that infest homes and businesses in New Jersey include the webber and casemaking “clothes” moths and the Mediterranean flour moth. Of all the moth pests in New Jersey, clothing moths are the most common and most targeted by pest control professionals. Gypsy moths, whose larvae feed on the leaves of shade trees have caused devastation to New Jersey woodlands across the state.
How to Identify Moths
Moths are often mistaken for butterflies, however, several distinguishing features can help you differentiate one from the other. Viking Pest’s certified entomologist, Craig, explains butterflies have thin antenna with clubbed tips while moths have tapered fuzzy antennae. Another way to distinguish moths from butterflies is their wing placement at rest. Butterflies rest their wings up while moths rest their wings down. While butterflies rarely enter a dwelling, moths seek the protection of indoor environments where it’s easier for them to reproduce and find food.
What Problems Can Moths Cause for New Jersey Home and Business Owners?
Clothes moths are common moth pests in New Jersey. Local NJ exterminators at Viking Pest state with a taste for natural fibers, these moth species chew holes in clothing, carpets, and rugs. Moreover, they can even digest keratin, leaving taxidermy, furs, stoles, and skins vulnerable as well. Clothes moths are attracted to dirty clothing, particularly if it contains human sweat. This sweat provides moisture and food for the larvae to grow and develop into adult moths.
The Mediterranean flour moth is another common moth pest in New Jersey. Local NJ exterminators at Viking Pest state this moth feeds on common pantry items, such as flour, nuts, seeds, beans, and dried fruit. Contamination with moth feces or moth cocoons with food poses a health risk and may cause allergic reactions or intestinal illness.
When Are Moths Active in New Jersey?
Local NJ pest control experts at Viking Pest explain New Jersey moth species require warm weather and humidity to reproduce and develop. The warmer months, spring through fall, provide the ideal conditions for moths to cause an infestation in homes and businesses in New Jersey.
How to Control Moths in New Jersey
Moth prevention is an important element of moth control in New Jersey. You can take proactive steps to minimize the chance of an infestation in your home or business. The New Jersey pest control experts at Viking Pest explain effective moth prevention efforts require an understanding of moth behavior and preferences. Although moths themselves are not always easy to spot, you can identify their presence by the clues they leave behind. Holes in garments or woolens, rugs, and furs are a marker that you have a moth infestation. Viking Pest suggests rotating clothing monthly and vacuuming carpets and rugs frequently to minimize moth infestation.
If you find you have a moth infestation, contact the New Jersey 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. They can also walk you through steps to deter a future infestation.
Viking Pest Can Help Control and Prevent Moths in New Jersey
Viking Pest offers expert treatment designed to effectively and efficiently control and prevent Moths from invading your home or business in New Jersey. Call Viking today for your FREE and NO OBLIGATION estimate at 1-800-618-2847 or schedule online today!