In Florida, Moths can find a way into your home at any time throughout the year. The most common way for a month to get into your home is through items purchased at the grocery store that was already infested with larva.
What Is a Moth?
Moths are a group of insects related to butterflies. There are about 237 different types of moths in Florida. Common biological characteristics of moths include:
- Large, dust-like scales
- Shorter bodies with dull colorings
- Thick antennae
The lifespan of moths varies depending on the species and when their eggs are laid. While some common house moths have a life cycle of 12 months, only a few of those months are spent in their adult stage.
Are they Dangerous?
Moths do not bite, sting, or transmit diseases to people. However, they can contaminate and destroy items like stored food, luggage, and clothing. They will often shed their skin or leave feces in these areas leaving belongings to be thrown away.
Where Are They Commonly Found?
Moths can be found all around the world. They typically will find a place to lay their eggs and live inside your house. Moths will especially feed on stored goods like pasta, rice, nuts, dog food, and other grains. Common places for these moths to invade are homes, grocery stores, and packaging facilities where these foods are easily available to them. Some types of moths like wooded areas or natural areas you will find in your backyard. Moths are also especially active at night time and are more dormant during the day.
The best way to prevent moths in your home or business is by practicing good sanitation. Inspecting items like dried foods, closets, or vents can help keep these pests from entering your property or spreading. Sealing cracks and crevices outside your home will also help keep adult moths from getting into your property.