You may seem to think of the moth as a harmless cousin to the butterfly, but you could be subject to an infestation of moths in your home that can be any homeowner’s worst nightmare. There are two kinds of moths that infest the home, and conveniently, they are named after household terms: Clothing Moths and Pantry Moths.
Clothing Moths, as you may guess, love anything made of cloth or fabric. Clothing Moths will lay eggs on several types of fabric that come from an animal or plant such as fur, cotton, wool, felt, feathers, silk, and hair. They can also grow larvae in nearby oils depending on whether the moth infestation gets to a more severe level. When eggs hatch on the fabric, the larvae will eat holes through the fabric, damaging clothes, hats, and even carpeting. It is also possible for larvae to reproduce in drapes, upholstery, and bedding.
Once the warmer weather rolls around, and the cold winter makes space for springtime, ants also come out. That is why many Canadians have ant problems in March – most commonly, the carpenter ant, of the genus Camponotus, which consists of 1,000 species of carpenter ants.
The majority of first-time home buyers take their time to carefully inspect the physical condition of the property they’re planning to acquire. They look for defects or malfunctions in the building’s foundation, roof, plumbing, electrical and heating/cooling systems while making sure of the sound state of walls, floors, windows, and doors. But before they go ahead and seal the deal, a question inevitably pops into their head: Is there something lurking below the surface that they might have missed?
Unfortunately, the answer is often: Yes. Particularly when the home is up for sale by owner, the goal is to accentuate the property’s best features and minimize its potential flaws. And while some sellers are trustworthy and willing to disclose the information about past and present pest infestations, others are either unaware of pests’ presence in the house or are doing everything they can to hide the damage. By spotting the signs of the following common household pests before you close the deal, you can make sure the seller covers the cost and treatment of the existing infestation before handing you the keys.