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The Difference between Clothes and Pantry Moths

Here at Combat Pest Solutions, we pride ourselves in protecting your Brisbane home against moths, so we've gathered the tell-tale signs of a moth infestation and the distinction between species.

Clothes Moth One of the most annoying situations in life is having nothing to wear, and with moth populations tripling in just five years, the scenario is occurring far too often. These critters larvae love to feast on anything woollen, cotton, or made of silk - meaning none of your favourite garments are safe from these uninvited guests. Unlike their pantry counterpart, these moths prefer to hide away in the dark away from any light source and 'busy' areas of the house. Consequently, this makes these pests hard to spot, with many residents only noticing their presence once a full-blown infestation has ravaged their clothing. A way to limit moths in the closet is to use cedarwood coat hangers and mothballs to repel them.

Clothes moths tend to be lighter in colour due to being in the dark Pantry Moth Pantry moths are found in almost every house and aren't afraid to show you their presence. These critters are positively phototaxis, meaning they often gravitate towards light sources, the most common of which being ceiling lights, lamps and device screens. Pantry moths need the light to navigate and struggle to move around without it, causing them to follow any traces of light. This annoying trait rubs off onto their predators (such as geckos) as they head towards light sources in search of their prey. Unlike clothes moths, these pests gravitate to sugars and carbs in the kitchen, meaning pasta, flour, cereal, bread, pet food, and dried fruit aren't safe. Therefore, it is vital to put any baking ingredients and opened bags of food in airtight containers where moths cannot get to them.

Pantry moths come in a wide range of colours, but tend to be darker than clothes moths If you believe your North Brisbane home is getting attacked by moths of any kind, be sure to call Combat Pest Solutions as we have you covered! If you are a Brisbane homeowner and have any questions about a potential moth infestation, don’t hesitate to contact our team by phoning 0419 734 501 or emailing


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