Moth larvae may be found anywhere on their host plant, from underground, on or inside the roots, to the highest leaves of tall trees; a few species are aquatic, developing on or in standing or running water. Adults are generally found near the larval host plant; many species are attracted to artificial light. Moths are essentially a group of nocturnal insects but there are some diurnal species.
Most adults feed mainly on nectar from flowers of a great variety of woody and herbaceous plants. Secondary foods include sugary substances/secretions from insects, juices of decaying fruit, tree sap, and manure liquids. Adult moths in several families have either no mouthparts or non-functional mouthparts, and therefore do not feed as adults.
Method of Travel:
1. Cedar chests are known to prevent moths from destroying clothing because they close tightly and the oils in the wood repel the moths.
2. Conduct a regular inspection program of all susceptible items at least once a year. Take all items out of closets and drawers, and vacuum closets and drawers thoroughly to remove lint on which larvae may feed.
3. Good housekeeping keeps these pests out.
Steps to control:
1. If you have infested articles, you can often rid them of larvae and eggs by brushing and sunning them, or by having them dry cleaned. Vigorous brushing outdoors in bright sunshine, particularly of areas around cuffs, collars and other hidden places, if done periodically, can be effective in destroying clothes moths.
2. Infested cabinets or closets should be vacuumed thoroughly to remove any wool lint from between boards or in corners..
3. Good, long lasting, low-toxic methods of insect control can be done with Knock Down Total Home Killer or other Knock Down products listed below.