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There’s More to Moths in Canberra

Pantry Moths

There’s More to Moths in Canberra

Moths don’t get the same sensational headlines as spiders, termites, rats, and European wasps; however, don’t be fooled. Certain moths and their larvae will eat clothes, carpets, and the food in your kitchen pantry. In this blog post, we answer frequently asked questions about moths in Canberra.

Which moth species are problematic in Canberra?

There are several moth species in Canberra that cause problems: the webbing clothes moth (Tineola bisselliella), the case-bearing clothes moth (Tinea pellionella), the tapestry or carpet moth (Trichophaga tapetzella), and the Indian meal moth (Plodia interpunctella).

Which moth species eat what?

As the names suggest:

  • The larvae of “webbing clothes” and “case-bearing clothes” moths generally eat clothes – particularly garments stained with sweat or food. Dietary favourites include wool, leather, fur, cotton, feathers, and silk.
  • The larvae of the “tapestry” / “carpet” moth enjoy feasting on woollen floor coverings, especially carpet.
  • “Indian meal” / “pantry” moths like the cereals, sweets, nuts, spices, flour, and dried fruit found in most Canberra kitchen pantries.

It’s fair to say that fabric-eating moths are attracted to any material of organic origin, including sofa fabrics and discarded pet hair.

What are the signs of a moth infestation?

Fabric-eating moths leave holes in clothing, sofas, blankets, leather goods, rugs, and carpets. The Indian meal moth (pantry moth) leaves nibble marks on packaging and foodstuffs. Other signs include cocoons, webbing, and moth droppings (frass). If you see moths in your home, you should use a moth repellent or call a Canberra pest controller.

When do moths breed in Canberra?

As a general rule, moths start breeding in spring and continue until late summer / early autumn. However, moths in Canberra are known to keep breeding in the colder months (provided they find a warm home).

Can moths be discouraged from invading a home?

Yes, they can. Homeowners can do several things to reduce the likelihood of moths in Canberra.

  • Carpets and rugs should be vacuumed regularly and thoroughly (don’t ignore carpet under furniture).
  • Dirty laundry shouldn’t be allowed to build up and sit idle (moths love human sweat, skin cells, and dirt).
  • Expensive woollen and leather garments should be kept clean and covered.
  • Always wash clothes before storing them for long periods.
  • Consideration should be given to a suitable moth repellent.

Fabric-eating moths prefer dark places such as wardrobes and under furniture. Make sure you let in the light regularly.

Are moths dangerous to humans?

No, not really. Moths don’t bite, sting, or spread disease. However, their droppings contain bacteria that can cause food contamination. If you notice nibble marks on a food package, you should throw it out.

To learn more about the elimination of moths in Canberra or to book a service call, please call ACT Pest Control on 1300 022 122.