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Order Lepidoptera

Moths Facts and Information

Moths are flying bugs that you can find all over the world. They come in lots of different shapes, sizes, and colors, with wings that can be as small as 3/32 of an inch which is the size of a grain of rice, or as big as 12 inches, which is the size of a pizza! Moths are related to butterflies, and there are way more species of moths than butterflies in the world. 

Moths usually fly at night, but some kinds can be seen during the day. While they look similar to butterflies, moths have some unique things about them. 

FAQs About Moths

Do moths bite humans?

Moths are usually not harmful to people. They are soft and gentle insects that fly around at night and do not bite humans because their mouths are too small. However, they may leave behind a bit of dust when they fly. 

Moths eat plants and can also eat clothing, but only when they are babies. The baby moths are called caterpillars and have small teeth to chew their food. Some types of moth caterpillars can sting people, like the buck moth caterpillar, and it can hurt a lot and cause a rash, itching, and swelling. 

What are the signs of a moth infestation?

If you have too many clothes moths in your house, you might see tiny holes in your clothes or see moths flying around. If you have too many pantry moths, you might see tiny holes in your food bags or see moths flying around near your food. 

How do I get rid of moths?

If you find moths living in your closet or kitchen, don’t worry. You can get rid of them with a little work. For moths on clothes, take them to the dry cleaners to kill the eggs and baby moths. After washing, store your clothes in sealed bags or use mothballs to keep them away. 

You need to clean and maintain the area to get rid of moths in your kitchen. Throw out any infested food and keep everything clean to avoid more moths. Store dry food like cereal, flour, pet food, and beans in glass or plastic containers to keep moths and their babies from getting in.