What comes in your mind when you think about moths? The picture that comes in the mind of most people is not the same as the one that comes to their mind when they think of a butterfly. Most people do not consider moths to be beautiful, colorful winged creatures. Surprisingly, there are several brightly colored moths that are even more beautiful than butterflies. Therefore, beauty is not among the major differences between moth and butterflies. Here are some of the essential things you need to know about moths.

The appearance of moths
Moths have two pairs of wings that are covered with scales. They have large compound eyes with a coiled proboscis. These creatures vary intensely in size and appearance depending on their species. Some are tiny, while others are huge. The color of moths also differ radically. Some are brown and grey while others are bright with metallic colors.

Note that the wingspan of a large number of moths that can be found indoors is not larger than two centimeters and their color is either grey, reddish brown or brown.

The habits and diet of moths
Some moths are blood feeders, while others are beautiful pollinators. Some of them have major benefits in the agricultural sector, others are harmful since they feed on blood while the rest just complete their cycle with no noteworthy impact on man. Many animals including mammals, birds, amphibians, arachnids, reptiles, some plants and insects feed on them. Most of the moths you will find indoors are likely to be feeding on fabrics or stored pantry items.

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Types of moths

Different kinds of moths exist and they vary depending on their color, what they feed on and their behaviors. Here are some of them:

They have brilliant green wings and a white body. They also have notable elongated tails. The Luna moths are classified under the Giant Silk Moth and you can find them across North America. They are among the largest moths in the continent and the sizes of their wings range between four to seven inches.
These are small moths that have yellow and bright pink colors with wooly exterior. Some of these moths are also cream in color but the most conspicuous ones are the yellow and pink. They are mostly found in North America. The Rosy Maple Moth caterpillars/the Green Striped Maple worm eat the leaves of maple trees. Chances are that they got their name from this tree.
These kinds of moths have a distinctive pattern across their wings. They have orange back wings that are dotted with black. They have brown front wings with a white pattern. The marking plays a major role in protecting the moths from predators.
Unlike the Great Tiger Moths and the Giant Leopard moths, these moths are not covered in a bold pattern but they are still beautiful. Their wings are golden with circular eye like markings and fuzzy antennae. They belong to the group of the giant silk moth. The length of their wings is six inches.
These kinds of moths are among the largest in the world. They are very huge hence the name giant. Their wingspan is more than ten inches. They are mostly found in the Asian forests. Some people claim that the name Giant Atlas Moth is derived from the Greek Titan Atlas due to its hugeness. Others claim that the name is derived from the pattern on the wings of the Giant Atlas Moth, which look like the pattern of a map. Similar to the Rosy Maple Moths, the adults of these kinds of moths do not eat reason being they lack mouths. The Adult moths of these kind just live one week to two a period in which they look for mates and reproduce.

The markings of these moths looks like those of a leopard. Their wings are bright white and are with coverings of dark round blotches. These kinds of moths also have colorful abdomen in dark blue color and orange markings. The fascinating appearance of these moths signals the appearance of its caterpillar. These moths look wooly because they have hair covering.

Unlike the other kinds of moths listed above, the color of these types of moth is dull. However, the way in which the moths behave make them striking like the rest. These kinds of moths behave like the Hummingbird hence the name. They are not that large and their wingspan is about one inch and a half. They beat their wings fast as they hover over on flower to another as they feed.
With the information you have read so far, you could be blinded by the beauty of the moths and wonder are these creatures harmful in any way? You are not alone. Many ask the same question.
Almost all the moths mentioned above have a beautiful appearance but some of them can cause huge damages in your home and you should therefore get rid of them. Here are other things you need to know about moths.


Moths and especially the webbing clothes moths are known for their ability to destroy wool clothes. Apart from damaging woolen clothes, these moths are also attracted to different other natural materials including hair, silk, fur, feathers and felt. The larvae of these moths are responsible for destroying clothing.

Pantry moths on the other hand feed on dry goods such as nuts, grains, chocolate, spices, flours and grains among others.
The diamondback moth can destroy mustard crops and cabbages while the codling moths can destroy fruit farms.
Some of the clothes they largely feed on include:

  • Blankets
  • Sweaters
  • Carpets
  • Coats
  • Comforters
  • Toys
  • Pillows
  • decorative items

The hideouts of Moths
Moths avid light and you can therefore find them in dark places such as attics, closets and basements hiding in corners or in the folds of fabrics. You can also find them underneath beds, infrequently used drawers, wardrobes and cupboards as well as lofts.

Moths and human’s health

The majority of people do not feel any health effects from moths that may be present in their homes. However, these creatures are annoying since they can feed on dry foods and clothes but the fact is they do not transmit diseases or cause any reaction to individuals who are allergic to indoor insects such as silverfish and dust mites.

It is however essential to note that although the adult moths cannot cause health issues, they can cause health effects in their larvae stage when they get into contact with your skin. The sharp hairs or spines in larvae that sting can cause different symptom including:

  • Scaly skin
  • Rashes
  • Itching
  • Skin irritation outbreaks, which are similar to eczema
  • Blisters
  • Contact dermatitis that causes swelling, hives and redness

These allergies can grow worse, especially if they are combined with other indoor pest’ allergies.

How Did Moths get inside my house?

This is one of the questions that most people ask. The species of moths differ and the ones you are likely to encounter are pantry moths and clothes moths. Various things can attract these creatures to your home including household items that they can feed on or use to lay eggs.

Is the damage caused by Moths serious?

This is another common question. The magnitude of moth damage depends on the level of infestation. If the infestation is large, the damage can also be huge. Moths that feed on clothes leave behind stains from droppings and holes. Those that feed on food substances contaminate them with their droppings and cocoons.

Signs of moth infestation

The infestation signs largely depend on their species. The sign of an indoor moth infestation is adults resting on the surfaces or flying around. The sign of moths that feed on fabrics is feeding damage to fabrics. The other signs of moths include the presence of moth through the droppings, webbing and cocoons that they leave behind. You may also identify the pupae of some moths in the corners of drawers, walls and cabinets.

Note that while some signs of the presence of moths can be very vivid, others can only be noticed by professionals.

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How professionals Eliminate moths

Professionals are trained to handle moth elimination effectively. They usually design a unique solution to deal with different cases. A professional moth treatment would include the following:

  • Moth inspection and treatment plan
  • Client training
  • Monitoring
  • Non-chemical treatment and habitat reduction
  • Chemical control
  • Insect growth regulator.

The professional will tell the best method to eradicate moths in your property after carrying out an inspection.

Since moths are destructive getting rid of them is imperative. There are some things you can do by yourself to eliminate moths but in some cases you will be forced to look for professional pest exterminators.


Most species of moths may not affect you in any way. However, a few species can be a nuisance and need to be gotten rid of the moment you realize they are in your property. If there are no moths in your property yet, it’s good to learn methods of preventing them from gaining access to your home.


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