is it safe to sleep with a moth in my room?
Sleep Safety

Can I Sleep with A Moth in My Room At Night?

Moths are insects that belong to the Lepidoptera order, so they’re related to butterflies. Moths populated the earth for some 190 million years, and encountering at least 1 of the 160,000 species is common.

While moths aren’t dangerous because they don’t bite humans and pets or spread diseases, they can be a pest in the home. For example, moths in a bedroom can damage bedding or clothing.

Moths won’t keep you awake at night by making noise and will unlikely approach you in bed unless confused by bright light. However, moths may lay eggs in your bedding or dirty clothing in your bedroom or feed on fabrics in your closet. 

Left unresolved, moths cause property damage. Don’t allow moths to reproduce in your bedroom, as countless holes will appear in your clothes, bedding, soft furnishings, and carpets or rugs.

Use scents moths dislike to remove them from your room without killing them. Incense, essential oil burners, or crushed herbs that contain cedar, thyme, lavender, rosemary, or clove work.

Why Is There A Moth in My Bedroom?

Moths are nocturnal and attracted to light, which is known as positive phototaxis. A scientific theory is moths mistake artificial illumination for the moon’s light, which they use to navigate migration paths.

Other reasons for a moth to enter your bedroom include:

  • Another moth is in the home – males are attracted to pheromones released by females.
  • You have damp bedsheets or dirty clothing on the bedroom floor.
  • Crumbs and leftover food or drinks attract moths.
  • The house is warm, while the conditions outside are cold, wet, or frosty.

If you find a single moth in your bedroom, it may have flown into your bedroom through an open window. This may be a brief visit, or it may seek to spend time in your home.

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Is it Safe to Sleep with a Moth in My Room?

A moth gaining access to your bedroom won’t put your health at risk, but you shouldn’t welcome them into your living space. Moths are considered pests for a reason.

Are Moths Noisy?

According to Communicative and Integrative Biology, moths release ultrasonic sounds designed to attract mates and deter predators, especially bats. Most humans can’t hear these noises.

A moth will flap its wings up to 25 times a second, while a housefly flaps its wings up to 500 times. The human ear can barely detect the sound of a moth’s wings beating unless the room is silent.

Equally, moths don’t hum or buzz while airborne. This means a moth won’t announce its presence to humans and keep you awake while trying to sleep.

Can Moths Harm You?

Moths don’t have fangs, stingers, claws, or anything we associate with pain inflicted by insects.

Moths are also peaceful and won’t interact with humans if possible. It’s a cliché to claim that insects are more afraid of humans than vice versa, but it’s true. A moth will rarely enter your personal space.

Despite this, moths can land on your skin, including your face.

Usually, this is because the moth has grown disoriented by the bright lights in your room. While a moth approaching can be frightening if you are lepidopterophobic, it means no harm.

Will Moths Eat My Clothing?

If a moth gains access to your closet, you may find small holes appearing in all your favorite outfits, especially if the intruder is a common clothes moth (Tineola bisselliella.)

Adult moths don’t eat fabric. Once fully developed, moths sustain themselves on sap extracted from flowers or rotten fruit. This is why leftover food should never be left in a bedroom.

It’s the larvae of moths that consume clothing in your bedroom. They gain sustenance from the keratin in fabric. Wool is a favorite delicacy of moth larvae, although silk and cashmere will also be popular.

If you allow a single adult moth to fly around your bedroom at night, you’re unlikely to find holes in your clothing in the morning. If you allow the insect to remain and lay eggs, you’ll likely face this problem.

Do Moths Eat Bedding?

Moth larvae will show the same interest in bedding – sheets, blankets, and pillows – as they will clothing.

Bedding is likelier to be even more appealing than clean clothing, as it will contain additional dirt, dust, and other nutrients for the larvae.

Moths are also attracted to dampness and humidity, so sweaty bedsheets will be considered a delicacy.

The longer you go between washing your sheets, the likelier you’ll create a hospitable environment for moth larvae and suffer the consequences.

Holes in bedding may not be immediately noticeable, so if you spot a moth in your room, regularly check your sheets and blankets.

Will Moths Lay Eggs on My Bedding?

An adult female moth will seek a safe place to lay her eggs, with bedding a firm favorite indoors. As discussed, used bedding will provide nourishment for larvae.

The eggs of a moth are tiny and can hatch within a week during warm summer months. It may be closer to 3 weeks before moth eggs hatch in the winter.

Moth eggs can be eradicated by washing your bedding, though it’s also advisable to deep clean your home. Vacuum the floor and any curtains or drapes, and scrub hard surfaces with water and vinegar.

What Happens if I Sleep with a Moth in My Room?

The risk of allowing a moth to remain in your bedroom while you sleep is breeding. If a single moth sets up its home in your bedroom, it may rapidly attract other insects. You could face an infestation before you know it.

A single moth may live for 1 to 6 months and can damage your clothing, bedding, carpet, and soft furnishings in that time. You’ll struggle to cleanse the space if the moth breeds and lays eggs.

When spotting a moth in your sleeping area, remove it at your earliest convenience.

If a moth has no reason to depart from your bedroom, it won’t, especially in the winter. A warm location with a plentiful food supply will be too appealing to leave.

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Should I Kill a Moth in My Room?

Deciding whether to kill or remove a moth upon detection is between you and your conscience.

Many pest control professionals recommend killing clothing moths on sight, as the moth may be a female with intentions to lay eggs in your bedroom.

Moths can be captured by hand or trapped in a matchbox if you prefer not to touch them.

This matchbox can be crushed, or the moth can be placed in a tissue and squeezed. You can leave the moth in the trash because it won’t release pheromones when dead.

Insecticide sprays like Raid will also kill moths, or you could use paper traps that’ll ensnare moths in glue.

If you’re content to wait for results, buy mothballs from a supermarket or hardware store and leave them in a closet. Mothballs contain pesticides that’ll kill the insects if consumed.

How To Get A Moth Out of Your Bedroom

If you prefer to humanely remove moths from your bedroom, make the area inhospitable.

Start by deep-cleaning and hoovering every surface in the room, removing anything that may attract insects. This will also eliminate unhatched eggs.

To deter moths from returning, consider aromatherapy. Moths loathe the scent of cedar, so dilute cedar oil with water and liberally use a spray bottle in your bedroom.

Other scents can be just as effective. Go to a health food store and buy some natural herbs, emphasizing thyme, lavender, rosemary, cloves, and bay leaves.

Crush and combine these herbs and hang them in small bags throughout the room. These will act as homemade moth balls but won’t kill the insect, but they will compel the moth to fly away.

The same scents can also be purchased as incense sticks or essential oils, releasing a smell when burned. In addition to chasing off moths, this will create a serene bedroom environment to relax and sleep in.

While sleeping with a moth in your bedroom won’t endanger you, ignoring them isn’t recommended.