Can Moths Hurt You In Your Sleep? (Are They Dangerous?)

Can Moths Hurt You In Your Sleep

So you heard a moth flapping around your bedroom as soon as you turned off the lights, and now you can’t sleep because you’re wondering if moths can hurt you in your sleep? Well, let’s find out, shall we?

Can moths hurt you in your sleep?

Moths can’t hurt you in your sleep. Moths are as safe as it gets. They lack all the “dangerous” body parts like fangs, mouths, claws, pincers, stingers, and other body parts that could potentially hurt humans.

But why are people afraid of these (and many other) small and harmless insects? I think it has something to do with the constant and unpredictable fluttering. But then again, you know who else is fluttering unpredictably? Butterflies.

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Admittedly, some people are afraid of butterflies but not as many as there are people that are afraid of moths.

Moths come in many shapes and colors. There are thought to be approximately 160,000 species of moths, and many are yet to be described.

We mostly encounter butterflies during the day and in a more serene environment like a field or meadow where we see them on flowers. While we see moths in the evenings or in the dark when we’re coming home, or even when we turn off the lights in our homes.

Another “awesome” feature that moths have is fuzziness. If you’re afraid of moths, you probably can’t stand the idea of one touching your skin or hair. But that fuzziness is actually millions of scales all over their body.

Can Moths Hurt You In Your Sleep
I am beautiful no matter what they say.

The fuzziness has many useful benefits. They make it harder for bats, their predators, to get a clear sonar picture of them, thus making the moths harder to catch. And the scales also help with body heat regulation, acting like feathers on a bird.

Do Moths Die In The Light?

Moths have a toxic relationship with the light. They’re literally attracted to light like “a moth to a flame.” But what happens once they reach the light source? Well, it’s not a happy ending, that’s for sure. More often than not, moths will hit the lamp and fall on the ground, where they get stepped on or eaten by birds or frogs.

They will overheat and die if they stick around for too long on the lamp or get stuck inside.

Can Moths Hurt You In Your Sleep
Is it a bird? Is it a bee?

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How Long Do Moths Live?

If you were hoping that the answer will be – a few hours, I’ve got some bad news for you. Although their lifespan varies drastically from species to species, the common brown house moth will live two to four months as a moth and eleven to thirteen months in total from egg to grave.

One of the shortest living moths is the yucca moth. It will typically only survive for around two days after metamorphosis.

Is It Bad To Have A Moth In Your Room?

So, how bad is it to have these night flyers in your room or home in general? It could be very bad. Moths can cause a lot of damage to your clothes, furniture, and your food if they find a way into the kitchen.

They also could cause some allergic reactions if they come into contact with your skin. Moths can be a nuisance, but you can typically get rid of them with some, more or less natural products.

Will Moths Attack You?

Although moths don’t have any fangs or claws to attack people, could they deliberately fly into you to hurt you on purpose? Moths are shy and peaceful insects that keep to themselves and try to stay away from your path.

If one does fly into you, it’s probably by mistake or because you were in their flight path towards the lamp.

Can Moths Live In Your Bed?

Macro shot of indian-meal moth butterfly and larva caterpillar
Macro shot of Indian-meal moth butterfly and larva caterpillar

Moths are unlikely to live in your bed mattress, but their larvae might. Once you see a moth in your bedroom, check in the closet, and yes, even on your mattress, that cloth moth didn’t leave larvae.

How do you get a moth out of your room?

If there’s only one moth, try to trap it with a glass or plastic container and release it outside. This is far better and cleaner than slamming a moth all over your wall. Those moth stains can be really hard to clean.

If you see more than one moth, you might have an infestation in your room or your home. If they’re in the kitchen, find where their food source is. And if they’re in your bedroom, it might be wise to wash all your clothes to kill off larvae.

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Adrian Volenik

I've lived around animals my whole life and I hold a Diploma in Animal Physiology. When I'm not reading or writing about wild animals, health and fitness, and technology, you can find me playing with my son and two cats. My pastimes include running, playing video games, and solving the NY Times crossword.