Pest Identifier: Moths in Tennessee

Many people enjoy the sight of butterflies fluttering through their yard or garden. However, Tennessee residents and business owners often have to deal with their less appealing relatives: moths. From bumping into windows and lights to laying their fabric-munching larvae in clothing, moths can quickly become a nuisance without the help of pest professionals.

If moths have fumbled their way into your home or business, send them packing with U.S. Pest Protection. From preventative measures to effective control and removal, we offer a wide range of pest solutions for moths throughout Tennessee. Discover more about moths and how we can eliminate them below, or contact our team today!

Differences Between Moths and Butterflies

While moths and butterflies both belong to the same family, there are some key differences between the two flying insects. Unlike their distant, brightly-colored relatives, moths typically have more muted, natural coloring and patterns to blend in with their surroundings. Additionally, moths have shorter, thicker bodies, and feathered antennae.

Moths also behave differently than butterflies, as they rest during the day and actively fly around at night. Unlike their plant-munching, nectar-sipping cousins, moths will feed on clothing, carpet, and even fur during their larval stage. 

It’s worth noting that there are some colorful moth species that can be mistaken for butterflies. If you’re not sure what kind of flying insect has invaded your home, contact U.S. Pest Protection’s pest experts.

Types of Moths

Most moths prefer the great outdoors to your house, apartment, or business, but there are a few that want nothing more than to invite themselves in. Common types of moths that home and business owners often deal with include:

  • Brown House Moth: Mottled brown with spots, feeds on leather, wool, and other textiles.
  • Common Clothes Moth: Tan with ragged edges on wings. Larva feed on textiles.
  • White-Shouldered House Moth: White head, brown-white mottled wings. More likely to feed on food storage than clothing.

Where to Find Moths

On hot summer evenings, it’s not uncommon for moths to creep in through the holes and crevices of open windows or screen doors. After they’ve gotten into your home, they’ll flap around any lights that are on. Moths also hide behind curtains, under beds, and around other dark, quiet areas of your home.

If a moth flies out of your closet, attic, or basement, contact the pest professionals from U.S. Pest Protection. These dusty pests are capable of laying dozens of eggs in the short period of time they’re in your living space or workplace. Once the eggs hatch, they’ll grow into larvae that can eat their way through your belongings.

Schedule Your U.S. Pest Protection Moth Inspection Today

Don’t let moths make a meal out of your belongings. Whether you’re tired of these uncoordinated fliers thumping into your store’s outdoor lighting or you think you’ve found their eggs on your stored clothing, U.S. Pest Protection can give you the peace of mind you deserve. 

We offer effective, targeted pest control and prevention services to help you stay moth-free throughout the year. Schedule your free inspection with our experienced, certified specialists today.

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