(California) I am finding these all over the house and cannot identify where they are coming from they are small probably less than half an inch brown and do not seem to go toward light so I am not sure if it is really a moth or if just a similar insect. any help identifying it would be greatly appreciated.
Ed, tho your photo is not clear nor color bright, I do believe this pest is the Indian meal moth. Moths are nocturnal meaning they come out at night so they would not be attracted to light.
Indian meal moth larvae are the real pest stage. They feed on food stuff in the home. The eggs probably came in on some food you brought into the house…anything from crackers, flours, birdseed, or any of the grains like rice, oats, wheat, etc.
The best control method is to use phermone traps that have a sticky coating. These can be purchased from places like Gardens Alive, tho some local pest control companies carry them. You hang the traps in the pantry or kitchen and collect the moths so they do not lay eggs on any other food products.
It will take a while to have all the current larvae go thru their stages and turn into moths to be caught in the traps. If you can find the source of the infestation, you will get rid of the pests sooner. Go thru all of your food stuffs including dog food, birdseed, etc (indian meal moths do not feed on clothing items) and look for whitish/tan worms about 1/4 to 1/2 inch long…they may be pupating and then you will see netting around the worm.
It is best to put all clean food stuffs in insect proof containers….glass jars work great….then you can watch to see if there is a pest already in the food and with a tight lid, the critter can not contaminate any thing else.
Once you find the infested food throw it out. If you have food nearby that might be infested but you are not sure about. You can save it by putting it in the freezer to kill the pest. However, if the pest is in the egg or pupa stage they will continue to live….so bring the container out of the freezer for two weeks to let the critter continue to develop then put it back into the freezer to kill that stage. You can alternate containers in the freezer if need be.
Hope that helps, let me know if you have any questions.