Moth Extermination Services
Moths might not pose a significant threat to your family or employees, but they can certainly be frustrating when present in large numbers. Moths can cost you hundreds of dollars in food and clothing if they have invaded your home, but only if the infestation remains untreated. Earthwise Pest Management offers effective, environmentally-responsible, and affordable moth control services in Sacramento, CA, and the surrounding areas. We are the team to call when you need moth control. Ready to get started? Contact us today for a free quote!
Signs of Moth Infestation
- Silk-like tunnels on clothing and fabrics
- Holes in clothing
- Our pest control methods are safe and effective
- Excessive shedding in fur clothing
- Small tubular tunnels stuck on fabric
- Holes in plastic food bags
- Web-looking material in pantry corners
- Small moths crawling and flying around
About Moths & Moth Removal In Sacramento
During summer nights, moths begin to flock toward the light surrounding your house. Although they're harmless, they’re not the guests you want joining you on your perfect summer nights. Moths are one of the most common pests during the summer season, and with consistent light sources, infestations can easily get out of hand. We understand how moths can disrupt your summer nights, and our expert team provides effective moth extermination services to remedy the situation.
The Basics of Moth And Moth Control
Moths are one of the largest insect families in the world. Though moths may all appear to be the same when in large groups, with over 160,000 different species, moths are incredibly diverse and have many characteristics that separate them from one another. From size to color, there are many different ways that you can distinguish one species from the other. When you’re unaware of these insects' diversity and unique elements, it’s very easy to dismiss them as simple pests.
We’re going to dive a little bit more into these specific insects so that you’re able to get a good understanding of what these insects are doing around your home, why they are attracted to certain areas of your home, and why you might find yourself in need of a moth exterminator.
Difference Between Butterflies & Moths
Although moths and butterflies look alike with similarities in their body construction and flight pattern, you can still tell the two apart when you see them side by side. So what makes these two noticeably different?
One of the first ways to distinguish a moth from a butterfly is by looking at its antennae. The butterfly’s antennae will be club-shaped, with a long shaft and a small bulb at the tip. On the other hand, a moth's antennae will be saw-edged, feathery, and light. Though it may not be the first thing you notice, this is one of the quickest ways to differentiate the two and understand if you need to hire a moth control expert.
As you may have guessed, wings are a great way to differentiate between butterflies and moths. Of course, the color of the wings can be a dead giveaway, but there's more. Moths usually have dull-colored wings, while butterfly wings are usually larger with colorful patterns. Another difference is the way the two insects fold their wings: moths do it in a tent-like manner, while butterflies fold theirs vertically over their backs. These are details that you've probably used unconsciously to tell them apart. If you notice any dull-colored flying critters around your home, make sure to give our moth control specialists in Sacramento a call.
Aside from differentiating in their appearance, these two insects have incredibly different life cycles that they go through to reach their adult stages. While both insects start as larvae, they go through very different steps before becoming adults. It’s interesting, however, that most people correlate the transitioning phase of the moth with that of the butterfly.
Cocoons are the covering stage of a moth larvae when it is transitioning to an adult. The cocoon is wrapped in a silk covering. This is commonly associated with butterflies, though butterflies use something called a “chrysalis” during this step instead of a cocoon. A chrysalis is much harder in texture than a moth's silk coating, providing a tough shell to protect the larvae. Though they are different methods of metamorphosis, the two are similar in that they require some sort of sheltering when transitioning from larvae to an adult.
The last big difference we will touch on will be their behavior. Behavior is a huge component of how these two are different from one another, given that butterflies will be out primarily during the day and moths are usually nocturnal insects.
While some moths are known to fly during the day, they are primarily creatures of the night. Butterflies, on the other hand, are more commonly associated with warm sunny days. If you are ever unsure whether you are looking at a butterfly or a moth, this distinction should help you. If you notice moths fluttering around in the vicinity of your home at night and the infestation spirals out of control, remember that you can always call us for moth control services in Stockton, CA, and beyond.
Interesting Facts About Moths
While moths are commonly thought of as pests – which is why we're discussing moth control on our website – these insects are fascinating creatures, and there's so much to learn about them. Here are several intriguing facts that we've uncovered:
- There are many more species of moths than butterflies. Both moths and butterflies belong to the Lepidoptera family. All species of butterflies make up anywhere from six to 11 percent of the Lepidoptera family, while moths make up roughly 84 to 94 percent of the Lepidoptera family.
- Moths are Holometabolous, meaning they require a complete metamorphosis in their life cycle. They begin as an egg, turn into larvae, will build their cocoon, and then turn into an adult moth.
- The largest moths are known as the Atlas moths. They have a wingspan that can grow as large as 12 inches. On the other end of the spectrum, the smallest moth is a part of the pygmy moth family and has a wingspan as small as 3/32 of an inch.
- Moths are also pollinators of various plant species.
- A few species of moths have short lifespans and live a life where their only purpose is to reproduce and lay eggs. Three of the most common moth species with this type of lifestyle are the Luna, Atlas, and Prometheus.
The more you learn about moths, the more fascinating these insects become! Learning about moths will also help you identify when you have a moth pest control problem on your hands and when you may need moth removal services.
What Attracts Moths
While moths might be intriguing creatures to some, having an infestation in your Sacramento home is far from ideal. With numerous species to contend with, it's important to note that there are many different reasons, depending on their species, why these pests are drawn to your home.
Certain moths known as pantry moths, also called Indian meal moths, are attracted to dry goods — this is one of the reasons that they are called pantry moths. If you have issues with moths inside your house, then there’s a good chance that they are finding a dry-food source to feed on. When it comes to pantry moth control services in Stockton, CA, residents trust us to get the job done.
Other types of moths may flock to an area due to a nearby light source. Therefore, if you find a light outside your home that is drawing them near, try turning it off or using an alternative. This simple act can prevent moths from being attracted to your home, allowing you to worry less about infestations.
Types of Moths
Although multiple factors may allure moths, let's now focus on two prevalent types that may infest your home in Sacramento and the reasons behind their attraction.
Certain types of food could attract moths to come to your home. When it comes to food moths, stored foods will be one of the first things that attract them. These species of moths will feed off of food items like grains, nuts, and other processed products that can be found in your pantry or on the counter. The unfortunate component of these moths is that once they’ve found a way into your home and have managed to get into a source of food, they are incredibly likely to lay their eggs in the food, which will be the beginning of a severe infestation. If you find moths in your pantry or munching on your food, call Earthwise for Sacramento pantry moth control or Indian meal moth control.
If the moths inside your house aren’t feeding off of your dried food, then they are most likely clothes moths. These moths find and attach themselves to specific materials. It’s the fibers of wool, silk, and fur that are most likely to attract moths. When these types of moth infestations occur, homeowners are most likely to find the damage in their clothes. These moths will feed off of the fibers and will leave their fecal droppings on the material. Moths that feed off of clothing will create a silk barrier when they are feeding to protect them during this process. If you’re noticing these types of residues lingering on your clothes, then there’s a good chance that you’ll find eggs laid in them as well, if not a full-blown infestation. If you do see signs of a moth infestation, call us for Sacramento moth extermination and control.
Infestations & Moth Removal Services
If you have a moth infestation at your house, you need an effective plan to get rid of them. Though these insects are far from harmful, they do require a pretty intensive removal plan to eliminate them entirely. At Earthwise Pest Management, we take the removal of pests very seriously. Through Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods, our moth removal services can responsibly rid your home of these pests and provide you with a long-term solution.
About Our Company
Our owner, Joe Hawkins, has grown up around the industry and has had a vast knowledge of pest control from an early age. After years of working for other companies, Joe finally decided that it was time to start his own business that focused solely on integrated pest control management. This specific type of pest control solution is one that provides long-term solutions and in-depth inspections to ensure that pests don’t return to your home. We are proud to use IPM at our Sacramento pest control company!
Integrated Pest Management – The Method of Choice
When you think of pest management, the long-term goal is to eliminate the pest you’re dealing with, right? Of course, it is! There are plenty of ways to eliminate pests, and many pest control companies turn to chemical removal because it appears to provide immediately visible results. The one issue with this, however, is that the root of the problem isn’t being resolved. You see, there is a reason that these pests gravitated toward your home, and without knowing what that is, you’re only going to continue to struggle with this problem in the future.
Integrated pest management looks at the source of the issue and inspects the infested area to determine what it is that is making it easy for the pest to survive in this area. Once we’ve determined what is creating this ideal living circumstance for the pest, we figure out how to remove it so that you’re able to have long-term solutions to your pest problems. IPM is a great and effective way to get rid of moths in Sacramento and the surrounding areas.
Professional Moth Treatment Services
When you contact our team to assist you with professional moth treatment services, the first thing we will do is determine what is attracting these moths. As we mentioned earlier, there are countless species of moths, and each one is attracted to something different or requires something different to find a habitat they can survive in. For that reason, our moth exterminators do their best to thoroughly inspect the infested area and determine what is attracting these pests.
Once our moth exterminators figure out what’s attracting them, we will work to design a long-term solution. Our professional moth treatment services include educating you on what is attracting the pests so you know how to best avoid them in the future. We will then work as a team to determine the best way to remove the pests responsibly so that you can enjoy a pest-free home for the foreseeable future. From there, it is all about monitoring and maintaining the setting so that pests don't return.
Schedule Your Services Today
If you’re struggling with a moth infestation and you’re ready to find a long-term solution for general moth control or Indian meal moth control in Sacramento, then it’s time that you contact the team at Earthwise Pest Management. We provide a wide variety of pest control services throughout California. We are dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and a wide range of pest control options, including ants, moths, bed bugs, mosquito control, and more. So whether you have a question regarding the methods we use, need a consultation on an infestation around your house, or are ready to schedule your services, reach out to our team today and inquire about our moth control services in Sacramento, CA, and the surrounding areas. We are eager to help you in any way that we can.
Areas We Serve
Earthwise Pest Management proudly offers moth extermination services to countless individuals in California. Browse the list below for areas we serve, and contact us today to book your services.
- Citrus Heights
- El Dorado
- Elk Grove
- Granite Bay
- Rancho Cordova
- West Sacramento