Moths and butterflies are often confused for one another, however, through close inspection it can be easy to make the distinction.
The moth’s antennae are feathery in the males, while the butterfly’s are thin and slender. Butterflies are often brightly colored, while moths tend to exhibit earth tones such as brown, white, gray or black; however, there are several exceptions. Moths often are stout and appear furry; butterflies tend to be more slender.
It can be more difficult to identify one moth species from another, as many moths are small in size and drab in color. It is often useful to know which moths are commonly found within your area in order to narrow the field. Printed, illustrated guides may also prove useful in identification of moth species.
Telltale signs of pantry moth infestations include webbing along the corners of packages or on the product inside. Other signs include flour or cereal products with an unpleasant odor, or sticky secretions that cause grains to clump together. The presence of small caterpillars or adult moths in or near the pantry is a sure sign of infestation.
Pantry moth infestations typically require the services of pest control professionals; it is not advisable that homeowners utilize pesticides to treat an infestation on their own. However, after identifying an infestation, it can be helpful to clean the affected area.
Cupboards can be vacuumed and scrubbed thoroughly with soap and water, although these surfaces should be dry when pest control professionals arrive to set pantry moth traps.
Infested food must be thrown away, and affected containers should be washed with hot water and soap. Be sure that these containers are completely dry before using them again. To prevent pantry moth infestations, choose containers made of glass, tightly sealed metal or hard plastic. Items that are seldom used can be kept in the freezer, and old food should never be mixed with new food. Check to be sure that doors are closed and window screens are secure to prevent new infestations from coming in.
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