Types of Moth Traps

The moth species that typically invade homes are clothes moths and pantry moths. Both cause issues when their larvae feed on fabric or stored goods. Because the losses from an infestation can be costly, there are several types of moth traps available for homeowners. A few of the most common include:

  • Pheromone Traps: This moth trap lures the pests into tiny chambers and is easy to place in closets or dresser drawers.
  • Black Light Traps: Light attracts most moth species, so this device can be highly effective. However, these traps are generally designed for outdoor use.
  • Mothballs When replaced often, the chemicals released by mothballs are harmful to these pests. However, there’s a chance that long-term use will negatively affect people as well.

Preventing Infestations

Knowing what attracts moths helps homeowners prevent pest problems. Food is the biggest draw, but since the insects feed on pantry items, clothes, carpet, and furniture, it’s hard to limit their access. Residents can use tight-sealing containers for dry goods and clean fabrics before storing them, but there’s no guarantee this will keep moths away.

Moths prefer dark, undisturbed areas. They also require humidity to thrive. Therefore, controlling the moisture in the air and keeping closets and pantries well lit are common moth deterrents.


Since the chemicals in moth traps can be dangerous,and moth deterrents are unreliable, DIY methods of control aren’t advisable. Instead, contact Western Pest for efficient removal.