Common Clothes Moth

The Clothes Moth Tineola bissellaiella  has long been associated with destroying priceless garments but is equally adept at ruining carpets and furniture. The adult moths are not responsible for any of the damage associated to them, it is infact the larvae stage which chews through natural fabric materials.

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Risks

Risks with Common Clothes Moth

The risk of leaving a clothes moth infestation untreated is for them to eventually eat your entire carpet and all your clothing and soft furnishings. Once you have discovered an infestation it should be brought under control immediately to prevent it spreading throughout the property.

Clothes moth larvae will literally eat holes in carpets; this damage usually occurs underneath rarely moved furniture. Once discovered the amount damage can be quite substantial.

Treatment

Treatment of Common Clothes Moth Pests

The first aspect of an effective treatment is to locate the source of the infestation, removing – if possible affected articles to be disposed of or treated separately.

A good strong residual insecticide will take care of the larvae, however any moth in the egg stage will likely not be affected by the treatment. A follow-up treatment is often advised to ensure complete eradication.

All furniture will require moving to allow technicians to apply the insecticide to all floor areas and around all carpet edges.

Its advisable that all clothing and soft furnishings in affected areas should be either frozen or washed at a temperature above 60 degrees.

Life Cycle

Life cycle of Common Clothes Moth

The female moth lays around 50 eggs to a suitable material the larvae can feed upon. Eggs hatch within 10 days in warm weather and reach adulthood in just over a month but can take significantly longer, years longer in fact.

The larvae have dark heads and white bodies. They usually spin themselves a silken case and attach frass (excrement, material fibres, dust, etc.) and lie inside feeding upon the protein found in animal fur and feathers.