Clothes Moths

Holes in your favourite wool or silk clothes? You may have problems with clothes moths. Without treatment they can cause expensive damage to your home and clothes. We can help you find the source and treat the problem. Moth infestations can usually be easily treated with residual insecticide.

Signs of Clothes Moths

Small holes in rugs, carpets or in your clothes are the first sign of clothes moths you may notice. Moth larvae love to eat wool, silk, hair, feathers and other fibres. You may also see larvae or cocoons, as well as the adult moths. If you find holes in garments, they will have been made by the larvae eating the fibres, after which they grow into moths. The actual moths themselves are harmless, but if you see a lot of them flying around your home it may be that the damage has been done.

Treatment for Clothes Moths

It’s important to find the infested articles, and look to see if there is still one fabric source that may have larvae in it. To get rid of clothes moths, all infested textiles must be destroyed, and a non-staining residual insecticide applied.

Clothes Moth Control

Once you have got rid of an infestation, have a thorough cleanout of your wardrobe areas. Keep clothes clean. Do not put clothes back in the wardrobe that are dirty, or have been worn, even if it is only once. Moths eating clothes love the skin and hair particles that we leave behind in clothes. They hate to eat dry cleaning fluid though so if you are putting clothes away for a season this is a good way to keep them away. You can also store clothes in storage bags if they are going to be put away for any length of time.

Clothes Moth Lifecycle – Tineola Bisselliella

The adult moth is a golden buff brown colour and about 6-8mm long with a wingspan of 9-16mm, folded along their back. The adults live for 2-3 weeks and can be found year-round. The larva is about 10mm long, yellowy-white with a brown head. The pupa is reddish brown and may twitch slightly when disturbed. The female moth lays 50-100 eggs amongst the textiles where the larvae will feed. The larvae tend to hide from the light. You may notice the silken ‘cases’ they construct amongst their foodstuffs.

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