The Silent Menace: How to Deal with House Moths

Perhaps you’ve been noticing little grey flyers around your home recently? You’ve probably met your silent yet pesky housemates, the House Moths. They can be quite the nuisance, affecting our food and clothing without making a sound. Getting rid of them may seem tough, but don’t worry! We have created a comprehensive guide for dealing with these unwelcome guests.

Meet Your Housemates: The House Moths

House Moth on a Wood
Donald Hobern from Copenhagen, Denmark / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0

Knowing more about house moths or Indianmeal Moths can help you deal with them more effectively. These uninvited guests, usually brownish-grey in color, are no bigger than a half-inch. But don’t be fooled by their size; it’s the larvae that wage the silent battle against your food supplies. These little caterpillar-like creatures feed on dried food items and grains, leaving their mark in the form of web-like formations across their food supply.

Now you’re probably wondering, how do they get there? Often, these moths hitch a ride home in food items like cereals or grain products. Their favorite meeting spots include anything from cornmeal, flour, granola and pasta to up to puppy chow and birdseed.

Moth-Infestation: The Silent Invasion

House Moth Close-up on a Wood
This image is created by user B. Schoenmakers at, a source of nature observations in the Netherlands. / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0

Having a far-from-pleasant encounter with a full-sized larvae crawling across your kitchen floor or wall is a sure sign of infestation. But don’t fret! You can prevent these silent invaders from multiplying and wreaking further havoc.

  • Keep your cupboards spick and span. Regular cleaning and disinfection help to keep these unwelcome guests at bay.
  • Store your dried food items and grains in insect-proof storage containers. Choose containers with airtight seals to keep your food items moth-free.
  • Always do a quick check while bringing home packed groceries. Any signs of small white worms indicate the need to discard the package immediately.

The Other House Moth: The Clothes Moth

Common Clothes Moth on a leaf
Ilia Ustyantsev from Russia / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.0

Well, meet the second member of the House Moths family: the Clothes Moth. Their love for wool, fur, leather, and down products bring them straight to your closets and drawers. Like Indianmeal Moths, these half-inch creatures or their larvae can be unwelcome surprises among your clothing.

Keep Your Clothes Moth-Free

Putting clothes on a wooden drawer
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Often these moth varieties find their home in used or imported clothing. Quick actions such as immediate dry-cleaning of these items can save your wardrobe from a moth invasion. But what if they’ve already made themselves at home? Here’s a quick guide:

  • Naphthalene flakes or paradichlorobenzene crystals can replace the carcinogenic mothballs for keeping these moths away. Place these between your clothing items in drawers and closets.
  • Regularly wash or dry-clean your clothing, and don’t forget to shake each item before storing it away.
  • Keep your closets clean. Vacuum all lint, dust, and even pet hair to avoid creating a perfect breeding ground for these moths.

Dealing with house moths may sound like a daunting task, but armed with this comprehensive guide, you can easily keep these silent menace at bay. So, let the battle against the House Moths begin!

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