In some ancient cultures, moths were seen as a sign of heightened awareness. Their attraction to light meant that they had some sort of message that needed to be delivered. When there were moths in house, that signified who the message was for. Today, having moths inside the house is an annoyance that most would like to be rid of.
How do Moths Get In?
Moths usually start becoming a problem inside the house at the beginning of winter. While the rogue moth or two may find its way in during the summer months, they start to venture to the warmth in the winter and hitch a ride on food products. The larvae may exist in dried food products. It will then crawl to a crack or crevice to spin a cocoon from which it will emerge as an adult moth a few days later.
The worry of having adult moths in house is that they will lay more eggs that will hatch into larvae. Usually, the moths will seek out a food source to lay the eggs in. Packages of flour and staples with similar textures are the most popular.
What are the Dangers of Moths in House?
While there are worse insects to have setting up shop in the house, no one appreciates sharing their home with flying bugs. However, in specific households, these normally harmless bugs can pose threats. For example, if someone in the house has allergy troubles or a compromised immune system, the larvae may cause an adverse reaction. In more extreme cases, a moth can compromise the effectiveness of breathing machines or monitors for an elderly person. For the average person, the fact that moth larvae, despite it being non-threatening, lives in the food is quite unappealing.
How to Avoid Moths in House?
The best way to ensure that the house does not experience a moth problem is to stop it before it ever starts. All food, especially dry food, should be properly sealed. If a box or bag is left unopened for 6 weeks, it should also be put into a sealed container, as the larvae could still find their way in. Shelves and crevices in the kitchen should be vacuumed regularly so that no food particles build up and cocoons are not given the chance to hatch, should there be any.
Is Professional Help Necessary?
Sometimes, it is too late for these methods to be effective. The best solution to the moth problem is to dispose of any food that may be contaminated with moth larvae and call in a professional. A professional will be able to effectively and safely rid the house of any moths while at the same time spotting the source of their arrival for future reference.