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Clothes Moths

There are two main types of Clothes moth. The Common Clothes moth and the Case-Making Clothes moth. They are less common than the Carpet beetle, but enjoy similar environments.



  • Female adults lay eggs on materials that will provide an adequate food source for the emerging larvae.
  • Once fully fed, the larvae of the Case-Making moth migrate to areas on a wall or on the ceiling to pupate,whereas the Common Clothes moth pupates within the feeding material.
  • The pupa of both moths change into adults, a stage which is short-lived.


Habits and Habitats

  • Moths are attracted to the smell of the human body, so it is important to wash items before putting them away.
  • Moths prefer dark, undisturbed areas, where the larvae can feed. The Case-Making moth larvae weave a protective case from the fibres of the fabric they are eating. This case offers protection while they eat.
  • Moths like to live in environments where woollen materials, felt, fur and other materials of animal origin exist.
  • Moths do not carry disease organisms harmful to man or animal, but are pests because of the damage inflicted on materials in homes.



  • Application of a residual low-toxicity preparation to affected areas will control these moths once they have been identified. It may be necessary to spray affected areas to kill adult moths.
  • It is possible for affected clothes to be placed in a dark plastic bag and then placed in the sun. Temperatures inside the bag will rise to a lethal level, killing the pest.
  • When storing clothes, make sure they are washed.