The army cutworm, or "miller" moth, is attracted to light sources. Indian meal moths are attracted to dry food sources that are unsealed. Clothes moths are not attracted to light and are found in dark places in the home. Moth traps containing pheromones attract this type of moth.
Control of the miller moth can be accomplished with insecticides. Any openings in the home should be sealed and light should be reduced if possible. The moths also die on their own within a few days. Insecticides are not recommended for controlling Indian meal moths as they are found near food sources. Instead, discard old food that shows signs of infestation. Look for signs of webbing and small, white worms in the food sources.
Food that is infested can be placed in a sealed package in a freezer to kill the moths. It can also be heated in a microwave or oven to kill the larvae and insect eggs. Doing this for three hours at 125 degrees Fahrenheit gets rid of both. Keep noninfested food stored in sealed containers in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks. It can be returned to the original storage area once the infestation is gone.
Dry cleaning kills clothes moths. Storing clothing in sealed containers also helps to fight the problem. Cedar chests and moth balls repel some of the insects.Learn More
When moths do eat, most of them sip nectar from flowers. Other moths feed from the damp or muddy areas around streams and puddles, which scientists believe are good sources of minerals. Others sip the liquids from fermenting or rotting fruit or are drawn to the wounds in trees that dribble sap. Some moths are also attracted to dung, feces or puddles of urine.Full Answer >
Most moths are nocturnal and prefer to fly around at night. These moths rest in an out-of-the way place during the day. There are some moths that are active during the day; they are known as diurnal moths.Full Answer >
Adult moths do not eat cotton; the larvae of moths will chew through cotton but not synthetic materials There are many ways that moth holes in cotton clothing can be prevented.Full Answer >
The adult hummingbird moth feeds on nectar from flowers, preferring plants such as thistles, red clover, wild roses, Japanese honeysuckle, bee balm, lilac, blackberry, cherry and blueberry. Gardeners can grow these plants in their yards to attract hummingbird moths ranging nearby. Their habitats span Alaska and the Northwest Territories, British Columbia to Oregon, the Great Plains and the Great Lakes, and areas near Texas and Florida.Full Answer >