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Pest Education: Moths in Ontario

Monday, December 26, 2022 by Greeny’s Pest Control Inc.

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Moths in Ontario

Moths can be a significant pest in Ontario, causing damage to crops, fabrics, and stored products. There are many species of moths that can be found in Ontario, and some of them can cause significant problems for homeowners and farmers.


One common type of moth found in Ontario is the pantry moth. These moths can infest a wide range of stored products, including grains, cereals, flour, and spices. They are often found in pantries and kitchen cupboards, and their larvae can cause significant damage to these food items. Pantry moths are small, with a wingspan of about half an inch. They are light brown in colour and have distinctive markings on their wings.


Another common type of moth found in Ontario is the clothes moth. These moths can cause significant damage to fabrics, including clothing, blankets, and carpets. They are attracted to natural fibers, such as wool, and can often be found in closets and storage areas. Clothes moths are small, with a wingspan of about half an inch. They are a pale, straw colour and have distinctive markings on their wings.


Another type of moth that can be a problem in Ontario is the corn earworm. This moth is a major pest of corn, causing damage to the ears of the corn plant. The larvae of the corn earworm are green or brown in colour and have a distinctive horn on their rear end. They feed on the kernels of the corn ear, causing significant damage to the crop.


There are several ways to prevent and control moth infestations in Ontario. One of the most effective ways to prevent infestations is to keep food items stored in airtight containers. This will prevent moths from being able to access the food and lay their eggs. It is also important to regularly clean and vacuum pantries, kitchen cupboards, and other areas where moths may be found.


To control infestations of clothes moths, it is important to regularly clean and vacuum closets and storage areas. Clothes that are not being worn should be stored in airtight containers or in a chest with a tight-fitting lid. Using mothballs or moth repellents can also help to control infestations.


To control infestations of corn earworms, farmers can use insecticides or use crop rotation to help reduce the population of these pests. Planting a variety of crops can also help to reduce the risk of infestation, as the moths will have a harder time finding suitable hosts.


In summary, moths can be a significant pest in Ontario, causing damage to crops, fabrics, and stored products. There are several types of moths that can be found in Ontario, including pantry moths, clothes moths, and corn earworms. To prevent and control moth infestations, it is important to store food items in airtight containers, regularly clean and vacuum areas where moths may be found, and use moth repellents or insecticides as needed. By following these guidelines, homeowners and farmers can help to reduce the risk of moth infestations and protect their crops and possessions.

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