Proudly Serving Salt Lake City
Pest Pro Pest Control received an average rating of 5.0 from 1,000+ reviews


Learn More About the Moths and Caterpillars of Salt Lake City

Moths are a diverse and widespread group of insects, closely related to butterflies, with tens of thousands of species found across the globe. Typically, they can be identified by their scaly, winged bodies and a tendency to be more active at night, which is why we often notice them fluttering around lights. 

In terms of appearance, moth colors can range from subdued browns and greys to vibrant patterns with startling eyespots designed to deter predators. A noteworthy feature is their feathery or threadlike antennae, which they use to sense chemical cues in the air, especially when searching for mates or food.

Some moth species are considered pests in residential and commercial settings due to their larvae's diet of fabrics, food grains, and other stored products. Moths generally prefer dark, undisturbed areas where they can lay their eggs peacefully and where their larvae can feed without interruption. While moths usually do not pose a health risk, their presence can be a nuisance and lead to costly damage to materials and food sources.

Moth 2

Types of Moths to Watch Out For

Most moths are harmless and essential parts of our ecosystem. However, in the Salt Lake City area and throughout Utah, residents should be on the lookout for specific types of moths that could be considered pests. These moths can range from mere annoyances to the culprits behind notable damage to clothes and food items. 

Utah is home to multiple moth species, including: 

  • Clothes moths (tineola bisselliella): Often found in closets and drawers, their larvae feast on natural fibers like wool, fur, silk, and feathers, leading to ruined clothing and textiles.
  • Pantry moths (podia interpunctella): Known to infest food storage areas, their appetite includes grains, nuts, flours, and a variety of dried food products, and their feeding habits can lead to contamination and waste.
  • Indian meal moths: Recognizable by their distinctive wing pattern—tan on the front half and coppery on the back—they also raid pantry items and are a common sight in kitchens.
  • Cabbage moths (mamestra brassicae): While they prefer gardens to houses, these moths can become an issue for those growing vegetables as their larva—cabbage worms—target plants like broccoli and kale.

These varieties are more than an inconvenience; they can cause significant damage and loss. Knowing what to look for helps in early identification and prevention. If you spot signs of these or other moth infestations, Pest Pro Pest Control has the expertise to help you manage and eliminate these pesky intruders from your home or business.

About Moth Caterpillars

Caterpillars are the larval stage of moths and are voracious feeders, with some species having the ability to significantly impact agriculture by feasting on crops, while others might only nibble on leaves, causing minimal damage. Moth caterpillars are as diverse and interesting as their adult counterparts, possessing a range of habits and features that make them truly unique. You can identify these critters by their soft, segmented bodies – often adorned with bristles or spines, and in some cases, striking patterns or colors that warn predators of their potential toxicity. 

These little larvae lead fascinating lives tucked away in their chosen habitats—some roll leaves into shelters, while others create silk cocoons for protection during metamorphosis. As they grow, they molt multiple times, and with each stage, they may change in color and size. 

While most caterpillars are harmless, a few carry urticating hairs that can cause skin irritations, making it wise to admire them from a distance unless you're sure they're safe to handle. Keep an eye out for signs of infestation, such as silk trails or chewed leaves.

If you have questions about moths or their larval forms, call our Salt Lake City pest professionals at (385) 314-4973!


Where Value Meets Effectiveness in Pest Control

Our services are designed to help make your indoor space more comfortable and save more money! Pest Pro Pest Control offers a full-range of HVAC services to address any of your residential or commercial needs.

  • Get a 100% Free Estimate

    We prioritize transparency and value for our customers by offering complimentary estimates, empowering you to make informed decisions about your pest control needs with no financial obligation.

  • Your Satisfaction Guaranteed

    We stand behind our work with a steadfast commitment to your satisfaction. If you're not completely satisfied with our services, we'll do what it takes to make it right, ensuring your confidence and trust.

  • Customers Come First

    Our customers are at the heart of everything we do. We prioritize your satisfaction and peace of mind above all else, striving to exceed your expectations with personalized service and attention to detail.

  • Experienced

    With years of dedicated service and expertise in bird control, we bring a wealth of knowledge and proficiency to every job, ensuring efficient and effective solutions tailored to your needs.

What Attracts Moths?

Moths, much like any creature, are drawn to environments that cater to their basic needs for survival and reproduction. If you're wondering why these fluttering visitors frequent your property, it may be because you’ve accidentally laid out the welcome mat for an infestation.

Your property may be extra attractive to moths if it has features like: 

  • Unsealed pantry items: Grains, flours, cereals, and nuts that aren't stored in airtight containers can be a feast for pantry moths.
  • Closets full of natural fibers: Fabrics like wool, silk, and fur are perfect for clothes moths to lay their eggs, where the larvae can happily munch away.
  • Damp areas: Moths are attracted to moisture, so areas like a damp basement or laundry room might attract these insects.
  • Dark and undisturbed spaces: Attics, wardrobes, and storage boxes that are rarely opened create ideal homes for moths to settle in.
  • Outdoor lighting: Bright lights can attract moths to your property, especially in the darker hours after sunset.
  • Fruit trees and flowering plants: These can attract moths as food sources and as potential sites for laying eggs.

Recognizing these allurements can help you proactively prevent a moth infestation. By keeping your home clean and your food sealed, and by reducing excess moisture and darkness, you can deter moths from taking up residence. 

Has your home or business attracted too many moths? Call Pest Pro Pest Control at (385) 314-4973 or contact us online to request a free pest control estimate!

Continue Reading Read Less

Our Reviews

Don't Take Our Word For It, Hear It From Our Customers

At Pest Pro Pest Control, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our customers have to say about working with us.

    "We are so pleased we decided to go with Pest Pro."
    Excellent customer service from Conner yesterday. How refreshing to be able to talk to the people doing the work and get detailed information about the plan to protect our home and yard.
    - Jayne A.
    "Nothing but courteous and thorough."
    Pest Pro is an awesome and reliable team we can count on to take care of all of the things we need around the house. Bryce was friendly and took care of a nest starting in our grill (thank goodness he did).
    - Sara G.
    "Always done a great job for me."
    The people that come out are knowledge, friendly, and great to work with. Both Conner and Bryce that came to my home recently did a great job. I would recommend them to anyone.
    - Nate W.
    "Top-notch, super pleasant and very helpful."
    I love the level of customer service this company provides. It is hard to come by these days. All the techs that come out are top-notch, super pleasant and very helpful. Today, we had Edgar come out and he went the extra mile, as always.
    - Amy S.
    "The whole experience was wonderful."
    I had the lovely experience of meeting Bryce Bollinger a tech with Pest Pro. Definitely have trust with Bryce and Pest Pro
    - Ted C.
    "I will definitely hire Pest Pro again."
    Wow! Bryce was amazing. He spent so much time locating and removing yellow jacket nests from my deck. This was such a great value and everyone from this company was pleasant and prioritized customer experience.
    - Maryanne P.
    "Incredibly professional, kind, and knowledgeable!"
    Very happy with our experience with Pest Pro. Edgar called when he was on his way, did a very thorough job at spraying for spiders, and when he saw wasps on our property he gave a great wasp treatment as well!
    - Clara D.
    "Very professional and thorough!"
    Connor did a great job with spraying our house! He was very professional and thorough! And we were able to get an appointment quickly!! We will definitely be using Pest Pro again!
    - Kierstin A.
Areas We Serve

Pest Pro Pest Control is proud to serve Salt Lake City, Utah and other surrounding areas.

  • Alta
  • Davis County
  • Farmington
  • Layton
  • Marshall
  • Ogden
  • Park City
  • Pleasant Grove
  • Salt Lake City
  • Sandy
  • Summit County
  • Sunset
  • West Jordan
  • and More!

Contact the Pros

Take A Stand Against Pests

Complete the form below to schedule your no obligation consultation.

  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please lookup your address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.
  • By submitting, you agree to be contacted about your request & other information using automated technology. Message frequency varies. Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to cancel. Acceptable Use Policy