Moths in the house can be serious pests. This is especially true of pantry and clothes moths. Pantry moths are commonly carried into the house in bulk containers of grain and birdseed. Once these moths are inside the house, they will feed on cereals, grains, oats, and all kinds of other foods. Clothes moths can be equally annoying pests. Moths lay eggs in fabric. When the eggs hatch, the larvae cause damage to the fabrics.
High humidity allows moths to reproduce at an alarming rate. If an infestation is present, use a dehumidifier or air conditioner to bring the humidity down. Keeping the doors closed during the evening hours is an important prevention measure, because many kinds of moths are attracted to the lights inside of homes. If a moth infestation is left untreated, they can multiply and cause significant of damage to food stores as well as clothing.
Keeping food in sealed, moth-proof containers is important. Cardboard will not keep moths out. Glass containers with rubber seals are effective containers. Moths do not survive in the cold. If you suspect grain has moth worms, place the grain in the freezer for up to four days. This should kill any moth eggs that are present in the food. To remove moths from fabrics, place the fabric inside a sealed bag. Make sure there is no air in the bag, and then place the bag in the freezer. All eggs and larvae should be dead within four days.
Clothes moth traps are an effective form of moth control. These sticky traps use moth pheromones as an attractant. Different traps are available for specific kinds of moths. This is a safe treatment for moths in the house.