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What are moths?

Moths are part of the insect group Lepidoptera.  Like other insects, moths have a head, thorax, abdomen, two antennae and six legs.  They also have four wings that are almost always covered by colored scales.  Moths that are found in the home are generally one of two basic kinds; either a food-eating moth or a fabric-eating moth. A food-eating moth, which is the most common, will most likely be found in your pantry. A fabric-eating moth will most likely be found in your closet.

Why do I have them?

Food-eating moths come in a variety of types, but are usually frequenting your pantry or kitchen cabinets, pet food, or garbage can. They especially like to eat grains, cereals, flour, pastas, powdered milk, bird seed and other similar foods. These foods are less likely to attract moths if they are stored in air-tight containers.

Moth eggs are laid in or near these foods. The eggs will develop into larvae, which will start eating the food. In their immature stages, you are unlikely to see them because they will be close to the same color as the food they are in.

The most common type of food moth is the Indian meal moth, which is also sometimes referred to as the North American High-Flyer. It is also the most destructive. The larvae are often referred to as "waxworms”. These moths are also known as flour moths or pantry moths. A female Indian meal moth can lay up to 300 eggs at one time. As adults, they grow to be about half an inch long.

Fabric moths include species like the webbing moth and the casemaking moth. Both of these moths are only about one fourth of an inch long and do not like to be seen, and rarely are. Generally, the only way you will know that these moths are present is when you see holes in your fabric.

Are they dangerous?

Some people are sensitive to the “dust” on the wings of moths, but other than mild skin irritations, they typically do not harm humans.  They can become troublesome when they contaminate our food supply and eat holes into our clothing.

How do I get rid of moths?

There are a few general do-it-yourself measures you can take to get rid of moths, like storing food in air-tight containers and sealing cracks where moths may hide, but the best thing to do is to contact a professional pest control company.  A Sandwich Isle pest professional will design a customized integrated pest management program that fits the specific needs of your property, one that is sure to get rid of moths.

Can I do it myself?

Due to the close proximity with our food supply and clothing, getting rid of moths on your own is not something many homeowners have much luck completing.  Using do-it-yourself pesticides can be dangerous, especially when used in cupboards and pantries.  

Is the treatment safe?

Sandwich Isle pest professionals always use the least amount of material possible while still resolving your pest problem. We use natural products, baits and mechanical means as a form of treatment as much as possible. When conventional pesticides are required, we follow very stringent guidelines for the use of the product so that it poses no threat to people, pets or plants. All products are EPA registered. Our service technicians will inform you of any specific safety measures that need to be taken prior to service.

How soon can you get here?

Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions is committed helping you as soon as possible. In most cases, we can respond the same or very next day.

What is the warranty?

If you are not satisfied with the results of Sandwich Isle's Pest Prevention Service, we will provide the necessary service at no additional charge.  After 30 days, should your pest problem persist, we will continue to provide service at no additional charge until you are satisfied, or we will refund half of your last regular service payment.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Many pest problems can be difficult to prevent so the majority of our customers choose continuous pest control services to ensure moths stay out of their home or business.

Where does Sandwich Isle service?

We provide service in Pearl City, Honolulu, Kailua, and all of Oahu, as well as parts of Big Island.