Signs of Moth Infestation
Moth eggs hatch into signs of moth infestation which spend around six months feeding and growing before they eventually emerge as full-grown moths. It’s during this time that most of the moth damage occurs. Moths are able to eat natural fibres including wool and silk but also cotton, linen and leather. Moth larvae prefer natural materials over synthetics as they contain the animal protein keratin, which they need to mature and grow. The first signs of moth infestation are usually tiny holes in clothing and tattered or thinner patches in carpets, curtains, rugs and furniture. Larvae are a pale translucent colour and produce white webbing as they eat, leaving trails behind.
Hidden Invaders: Recognizing the Signs of a Moth Infestation in Your Home
Pantry moths are attracted to stored food. They lay their eggs in dry goods, such as grains, dried nuts, cereals and a range of processed foods. Once the eggs hatch, they can contaminate the food with their faeces and cocoons. Look out for moths flitting around bare cupboards and pantries as well as wriggling white or pink larvae in the shadowy corners of pantry items.
Moth infestations can be prevented by emptying and cleaning cupboards and pantries on a regular basis and storing dry goods in airtight plastic containers. Keeping closets and storage chests clean by rotating seasonal or less-used clothes and using cedar hangers is another good moth deterrent. Vacuuming regularly and doing regular deep cleaning will eliminate the debris moths like to hide in and help prevent future problems. It is also a good idea to bag heavily infested items that cannot be laundered or dry-cleaned and dispose of them as soon as possible.