Why Does the UK Have Carpet Moths?

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We live in a globalized world. From the advent of the Age of Colonialism, new crops, products, and ideas have permeated the globe to an astounding degree, in an experiment over 500 years into the making. Local indigenous populations of animals and insects have migrated and become global. While the venerable clothes moth is truly […]

Do Clothes Moths Eat Dust?

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Our Moth Hotline received the following question from Rodney in Baltimore about whether moths can eat dust: Moth Guy, I have a severe moth infestation in my basement. What puzzles me is the fact that there is no carpet down there, nor is there any clothing or anything that they could eat. It’s a dusty […]

What’s Wrong with Mothballs?

On this month’s Moth Hotline, Bruce from California wants to know the deets on why I recommend against mothballs. Hey Moth Guy! You take a pretty strong stance against mothballs. When I was a kid, my grandmother would put her clothes in a trunk and toss in a few mothballs to keep the moths away. […]

What Do Moths Eat?

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This week, we’re opening up our mail bag! Jonathan in Miami is struggling to understand what clothes moths eat and why they’re in his girlfriend’s apartment. Dear Moth Guy, You already explained this but I still don’t get it. What do moths actually eat except clothes? My girlfriend’s apartment has them and I am trying […]

Can Moths Bite?

Today, we’re going to open up the floor to Sylvia from Pennsylvania, who posed the following question: Dear Moth Guy, My apartment is filled with moths. Before I go to bed, sometimes I see them flying around in my room. Do they bite? It safe to sleep in there? Please help! Sylvia Sylvia, I’m glad […]