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Moth to a Closet, Moth to a Flame - The Difference between Clothes and Pantry Moths

Updated: Apr 3, 2022

Here at K.C.S, we pride ourselves in protecting your home against moths, so we've gathered the tell-tale signs of a moth infestation and the distinction between species.

Clothes Moth

One of the most annoying situations in life is having nothing to wear, and with moth populations tripling in just five years, the scenario is occurring far too often. These critters larvae love to feast on anything woollen, cotton, or made of silk - meaning none of your favourite garments are safe from these uninvited guests. Unlike their pantry counterpart, these moths prefer to hide away in the dark away from any light source and 'busy' areas of the house. Consequently, this makes these pests hard to spot, with many residents only noticing their presence once a full-blown infestation has ravaged their clothing. A way to limit moths in the closet is to use cedarwood coat hangers and mothballs to repel them.

Clothes moths tend to be lighter in colour due to being in the dark

Pantry Moth

Pantry moths are found in almost every house and aren't afraid to show you their presence. These critters are positively phototaxis, meaning they often gravitate towards light sources, the most common of which being ceiling lights, lamps and device screens. Pantry moths need the light to navigate and struggle to move around without it, causing them to follow any traces of light. This annoying trait rubs off onto their predators (such as geckos) as they head towards light sources in search of their prey. Unlike clothes moths, these pests gravitate to sugars and carbs in the kitchen, meaning pasta, flour, cereal, bread, pet food, and dried fruit aren't safe. Therefore, it is vital to put any baking ingredients and opened bags of food in airtight containers where moths cannot get to them.

Pantry moths come in a wide range of colours, but tend to be darker than clothes moths

If you believe your home is getting attacked by moths of any kind, be sure to call K.C.S as we have you covered!

Here at K.C.S, we know what it takes to protect your home against pests. With dedicated client service for our commercial and residential pest control customers, we know the best way to approach the pest problem. K.C.S are the experts in Nambour to keep the pests away from your home. Call us on 0498 493 529 or email for more tips on how to keep bed bugs away from your Nambour home.

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