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.