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Clothes Moths

What are clothes moths?

Clothes moths refer to the species of moths whose larvae feed on a variety of clothing, wool, and other fabrics.  The adults live a very short period of time (days) giving them just enough time to mate and lay their eggs in clothing or other fabric or plant items.  Larvae will then emerge from the eggs and begin feeding on the item that surrounds them.  The two most common species of clothes moths are the casemaking clothes moth and the webbing clothes moths.

What do clothes moths look like?

The webbing clothes moth grows to be about ¼ inch in length and have a ½ inch wing span.  They are gold in color with reddish-golden hairs that create a tuft on the top of their head.  The casemaking clothes moth is similar in size and appearance, except that their wings are browner in color and have faint dark spots on them.  Clothes moth larvae grow to be about ½ inch in length and are whitish in color with either brown or black heads.

Clothes moths are often confused with food infesting moths; the easiest way to tell the difference between the two is that food infesting moths are almost double the size of clothes moths and clothes moths are weak flyers- they flutter around instead flying in a direct line.

Why do I have a clothes moth problem?

The most common way that clothes moths enter a home is in fabrics, clothing, rugs, or carpets that are already infested.  They may also enter a home through small crevices in the foundation or exterior walls.  Clothes moths are not attracted to light and in a home will most likely be found infesting items that are being stored in dark undisturbed areas.

Are clothes moths dangerous?

Clothes moths are not dangerous to people. They do not bite or sting, and they are not known to transmit any diseases.  However, clothes moths are dangerous to items stored in your home like clothing, wool rugs and carpets, and other fabric items.  As the larvae feed, they create small holes in the fabric, damaging the items.

How can I get rid of clothes moths from my home?

Once clothes moths have invaded your home they can be very difficult to get rid of, especially since they tend to stay and hide in the dark, hard to reach areas (attics, basements, crawl spaces) of your home.  The most effective way to completely get rid of clothes moths is with help from a pest control expert that has experience with clothes moth control.

If clothes moths have invaded your home call the professionals at Allgood Pest Solutions today to see how our home pest control services can help eliminate them.

How can I prevent problems with clothes moths?

There are several things that you can do to help prevent problems with clothes moths in your home.  The most important thing that you can do is to make sure that clothing or other items that are made of wool and other natural fibers are cleaned before being stored in airtight garment bags or boxes.  Rugs and carpets in your home should be vacuumed regularly to remove dust and pet hair. Also, it is a good idea to seal any cracks found in the foundation or exterior walls of your home.

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