Clothes Moth

Clothes Moth

Clothes Moth

Facts, Identification & Control

Appearance

Cream or white, about 3/8″. Larvae often leave strands of the silk they spin on fabrics.

Habitat

As their name implies, clothes moths live in clothing, carpets, fabrics and furs. They can fly but usually hide in dark corners or in the folds of fabric. While not particularly dangerous, they can do real damage to clothes and other fabrics.

Diet

These moths are able to digest animal hairs and feed on any item made of natural fibers, particularly wool and cashmere.

Clothes Moth Control & Prevention

Before storing any woolen or natural fiber clothes, clean them according to directions. Zippered plastic bags or plastic storage tubs are better than boxes. Do not store the bags or tubs in your attic, garage or basement if possible. Mothballs leave a strong odor but will help deter fabric pests.

Use caution when purchasing clothing second-hand. These items could bring unwanted pests like moths into your home. Inspect second hand items thoroughly

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